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

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Mrs. Mary Dent was Mrs. George Wrenshall Dent, formerly Mary Isabella Shurlds, who married George Dent on Oct. 14, 1841.

To Julia Dent

Camp Salubrity La
Near Nachitoches
Sept. 7th 1844

MY DEAR JULIA

I have just written the letter you desired I should, and which I have long thought it a duty to write. You can scarsely concieve the embarrassment I felt in writing such a letter, even in commencing the first line. You must not laugh at it Julia for you have the chance I send it unsealed that you may read it before delivering it. I wrote it at our little camp in the woods on the road to Texas while alone by my self, at night. I immagined all the time that I saw your Pa & Ma. reading it and when they were done, raising all kinds of objections. Age Youth and length of acquaintance I feared might be brought against us but

them my dear Julia that the longest acquaintance, or a few years more experience in the world could not create a feeling deeper or more durable. While I have been writing this there has been three or four officers in the tent bothering and talking to me all the time but they have just gone out thank fortune. They do not suspect that I am writing to you. It has only been a few days since I recieved your letters. I answered them immediately, wont you be as punctual in answering mine in the future ? You dont know Julia with how much anxiety and suspense I await there arrival. But here I am asking you to write soon and in the same letter asking permission to have you write, and without knowing that the favor will be granted. If the proper consent is obtained I know you will follow the example of punctuality I have set.

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