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

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To Julia Dent

Puebla Mexico
August 4th 1847

MY DEAREST JULIA

A few days ago I wrote you a short letter in answer to yours telling me of the report you had heard, hearing at that time that a privat express was going to Vera Cruz, but after writing it I found that the express had left before I had as much as heard that one was to leave. —You must not attribute you geting but few and but short letters from me to any disinclination on my part to writing them. No my dearest I would be willing to write you a whole sheet evry day if you could but get my letters. I have told you before, but I will now repeat it, that but few Mails go from here to Vera Cruz and those are in great danger of being captured as several of them have been. Mails coming in this direction are much safer from the fact that troops are constantly joining the army from that direction. —I recieved another letter from you by some troops that come in last evening and one too that gave me more happiness than any previous one that I have ever recieved. It not only assured me that you were satisfied falsity of the report you mentioned in your previous one (why did you not tell me my Dearest the object the man could have had in perpetrating such a falshood) but it set me at rest on another subject. You know how often I have asked you if your Pa would give his concent to our engagement. I know now that he will and I am happy. My greatest trouble now is how am I to get back and when. I think certainly by Fall. If I thought another year was to pass over first I would be miserable. The same mail that brought your letter brought [me] several from home. My sister Virginia said in her's that of all the persons in the world except myself she wants most to see you and she wants to see us both in Bethel soon. I sincerly hope Dear Julia that her wish may be gratified. This waring in a foreign country does very well for a while but a person who has attachments at home will get tired

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