Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876)
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Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876), Autograph letter signed, Hotel Brunswick, Tues. Apr. 25th, 1876, four pages, to his cousin Augusta Frary, 8vo, (two pinholes not affecting text, else very good). Text in full: "My dear Cousin/The fates seemed determined to prevent me from paying my long expected visit to you. I received your letter soon after I arrived in Washington but had decided before starting for the east from Dacotas that I would impose the opportunity of my trip to Washington & New York to, at least call upon you, I left Washington for good as I supposed last Thursday stopping one day in Philadelphia to visit the Centenary ground and buildings intending to leave New York last night at 8 oclock and stop over one train at Albion on my way west, but alas for my plans. Yesterday I received a summons calling me to Washington as witness in the Belknap impeachment trial before the Senate on Thursday next. I leave for Washington tomorrow evening. How long I may be detained there is impossible to guess but I fear I will be detained so long that when permitted to leave I will be compelled to travel with all haste to Dacotas where I am greatly needed at present in connection with hostile movements against the Indians. Please write to me at the Arlington Hotel Washington DC. It will be a very great disappointment to me if I am compelled to return west without at least seeing you and yours for a few hours. Do not fail to write to me/your affectionate/cousin/George."