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

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To Mary Grant

St. Louis, Mo.
Sept. 7th 1858.

DEAR SISTER;

Your letter was recieved in due time and I would have answered it immediately but that I had mailed a letter from Julia to Jennie 1 the morning of the receipt of yours. I thought then to wait for two or three weeks and by that time there was so much sickness in my family, and Freddy so dangerously ill, that I thought I would not write until his fate was decided. He come near being taken from us by the Billious, then Typhoid, fever, but he is now convelescing. Some seven of the of the negroes have been sick. Mrs. Sharp 2 is here on a visit and she and one of her childr[en] are sick, and Julia & I are both sick with chills and fever. If I had written to you earlier it would have been whilst Fred's case was a doubtful one and I did not want to distress you when it could have done no good to any one. —I have been thinking of paying you a visit this fall but I now think it extremely doubtful whether I shall be able to. Not being able to even attend to my hands, much less work myself, I am geting behind hand so that I shall have to stay here and attend to my business. Cant some of you come and pay us a visit? Jennie has not answered Julias letter yet. Did she recieve it ? I was coming to the city the day it was written to hear a political speech and it was to late to get it in the P. O. so I gave it to a young man to put in the next morning. It is for this reason I ask the question. Write to me soon. I hope you have had none of the sickness we have been troubled with.

Your Brother
To Mary F. Grant ULYSSES.
Covington Ky

ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP.

1.
Jennie was USG's sister Virginia.
2.
Ellen Dent Sharp was Julia Grant's sister.

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