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

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To Julia Dent

No (1)
Puebla Mexico
May 17th 1847

MY DEAREST JULIA

I rec'd your sweet letter marked No (1) at Tepeyahualco the evening before we left there and would have answered it that night but I was very sick with the chills & fever. In that letter you spoke of what a good nurse you are. How much I wished then I could be with you! We started the next morning for this place and I was sick all the way but I am well now. At a little town about ten miles from here our troops had a small fight but no one on our side was hurt. A few of the Mexicans were killed. Santa Anna is said to be ten or twelve miles in our advance fortifying a Bridge but I suppose we will not go there for a few weeks to molest him. Puebla is much the largest city we have yet seen in Mexico. It contains from 80 to 90 thousand inhabitants. The houses are large and well built. It surpasses St. Louis by far both in appearance and size

the mass of the people are the same 1 beings that we have seen all over the country. At a certain ring of the church bell or when the senior Priest of the place passes you might see them on their nees in the streets all over the city 2 Although we are now within a few days march of the capitall of the Mexican Republic I do not see that the chances for peace brighten in the least. The people are proud and subject to the will of a few and they have no government to act for them. —The 5th Inf.y is now with us. I see Fred frequently. Of course we are the best friends in the world and I will do as you request, keep him out of mischief. How much my Dearest Julia I regret that I had not taken my Fathers advice and resigned long ago. Now no doubt I would have been comfortably in business and been always near one of whom I am always thinking and whom I love better than all the world besides. The night after I rec'd your last letter I dreamed that I had been ordered on the

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