The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861 - Vol. 1

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4.
George Wrenshall Dent (see note 3) had married Mary Isabella Shurlds on Oct. 14, 1841.
5.
Probably Eliza Margaret Perry Shurlds, who had gone to school with Julia Dent and whose sister had married George Wrenshall Dent.

To Mrs. George B. Bailey

Camp Salubrity
Near Nachitoches Louisiana
June 6th 1844

MRS. BAILEY

My journey fortunately is at an end, and agreeably to your request, and my own pleasure, I hasten to notify you of my safe arrival here It always affords me pleasure to write to old acquaintances, and much more to hear from them, so I would be pleased if the correspondence would not stop here. As long as my letters are answered, if agreeable to you I will continue to write.

My trip to this place "forty days journey in the wilderness" was marked with no incident, Save one, worth relating and that one is laughable curious, important, surprising &c. &c. but I cant tell it now. It is for the present a secret, 1 but I will tell it to you some time. You must not guess what it is for you will go wrong. On my route I called arroune by the way of St Louis and Jefferson Barrack where I spent four or five days very pleasantly among my newly made acquaintances From St Louis to N Orleans I had a very pleasant trip on a large and splendid boat, with pleasant passengers and not much crouded. As we approached the South the sun become sensibly warmer, and the Musquetoes desidedly more numerous By the time we got to N Orleans my hands and face bore the strongest evidence of the number and size of this insect in a Southern climate I was but one day

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