Excerpt from Foreign Relations
General Grant while there, was presented to the King, dined with him, androde by his side during one of the reviews. He spoke in very warm terms of the excellent quality, appearance, and discipline of the Span-g ish troops.
During his stay here he visited the various museums, the Escorial, and Toledo. To the last place I was unable to accompany him on account of an engagement to dine With the minister Of foreign affairs.
On Saturday he and Mrs. Grant were received in private audience by the Princess of Asturias. On Monday evening they dined at my house, ' meeting the president of the council, the ministers Of foreign affairs and of war, the civil and military governors, and the principal foreign ministers. After the dinner a reception took place, where as, many per sons as my house would accommodate, were presented to General and Mrs. Grant.
The next day Mr. Canovas del Caste'llo gave a great dinner in honor of General Grant at the palace of the presidency, after which the chief guests withdrew to the Opera, where the ministerial box had been put at their disposal, and whither Mrs. Grant had gone earlier in the evening.
General Grant left Madrid on Friday, the. 25th, at 9 o'clock p. M., for Lisbon, the Portuguese minister here having already telegraphed his coming in order that he should be properly received. In consequence of this latter circumstance it Was impossible for him to delay his departure. In order to take formal leave of the King, as he otherwise would gladly have done. I made the proper explanations and apologies to His Ma jesty at our reception next day.
Every possible attention and courtesy were shown to General Grant.
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