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Reviews, Notes and Comments 323

Reviews, Notes and Comments           323

The question, "Are any of the Griffiths there yet?"

Mr. Gessner answered in the affirmative. The General

then humorously observes, "The town of Batavia must

now be very much dried up with all the facilities the

people have to get away. I used to take much delight

in visiting there and through Clermont." And then he

added, with a touch of pathos, "But I have made my

last visit."

In this connection the author makes some statements

that will be news to many readers of the QUARTERLY

in regard to the kinship and social relations of the fam-

ilies of General Grant and Jefferson Davis. Here are

two paragraphs:

Some eight years later, Mrs. U. S. Grant and Mrs. Jeffer-

son Davis were living at the old New York Hotel. They were

close friends and had apartments on the same floor. A caller

on Mrs. Davis being told of Mrs. Grant's residence in the house,

related the incident of Mr. Gessner's visit to General Grant at

Mt. McGregor. Mrs. Davis insisted on her friend seeing the

visitor and soon Mrs. Grant appeared. The widow of the grand

old warrior and statesman recounted with interest and pathos

incidents of the last days at Mt. McGregor, and said the General

was much pleased with the visit from Mr. Taft's emissary. He

was always very fond of Judge Taft and all the family.

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It is a fact not generally known that General Grant and

Jefferson Davis were cousins, the relationship coming through

the Simpson family, to which their mothers belonged.





The McGuffey Society of Columbus, Ohio, which

has taken the initiative in a number of worthy literary

and historic enterprises, at its annual banquet on the eve-

ning of March 25 adopted a resolution inviting atten-