Apl. 9th 1865
GN. R. E . LEE
COMD.G C, S. A.
Your note of yesterday is received. As I have no authority to
treat on the subject of peace the meeting proposed for 10 a. m.
to-day could lead to no good. I will state however General that I
am equally anxious for peace with yourself and the whole North
entertains the same feeling. The terms upon which peace can be
had are well understood. By the South laying down their Arms
they will hasten that most desirable event, save thousands of human
lives and hundreds of Millions of property not yet destroyed.
Sincerely hoping that all our difiiculties may be settled without
the loss of another live I subscribe myself
your obt. svt,
U. S. GRANT
The Papers of U.S. Grant, vol. 14, p. 371