Letter to Christopher Wolcott, the United States Assistant Secretary of War

This source is a letter about General Order 11 to Grant from the Assistant Secretary of War. This source was found in the library of congress- https://www.loc.gov/resource/mss23333.008_0008_1035/?sp=895&r=0.063,1.138,1.542,0.655,0
“Hon. C.P. Walcott
Asst. Secty War
Washington, DC
Sir:
I have long since believed that in spite of all the vigilance that can be infused into Post Commanders, that we Specie regulations of the Treasuy Dept. have been violated, and that mostly by Jews and other unprincipled traders. So well satisfied of this have I been at this that I instructed the Commdg Officer at Columbus [Kentucky] to refuse all permits to jews to come south, and frequently have had them expelled from the Dept. But they come in with their Carpet sacks in spite of all that can be done to prevent it. The Jews seem to be a privileged class that can travel anywhere. They will land at any wood guard or landing on the river and make their way through the country. If not permitted to buy Cotton themselves they will act as agents for someone else who will be at a Military post, with a Treasury permit to receive Cotton and pay for it in Treasury notes which the Jew will buy up at an agreed rate, paying gold.
There is but one way that I know of to reach this case. That is for Government to buy all the Cotton at a fixed rate and send it to Cairo, St. Louis, or some other point to be sold. Then all traders, they are a curse to the Army, might be expelled.
I am, Sir, Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servant
U.S. Grant
Maj Genl.”

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