you would write him just one letter—Remember me to all the people at Gravois little Davy 4 and all.
P. S. Julia dont let any one but your Pa. & Ma read the letter I have directed to them will you ?
December 1, 1844
There were five days' races at Natchitoches. I was there every day and bet low, generally lost. Jarvis 1 and a number from Jessup were there. Jarvis was pretty high and tried to be smart all the time. He fell over the back of a bench at the racecourse and tumbled over backward in his chair in front of Thompson's Hotel during his most brilliant day. He undertook to play brag at our camp and soon succeeded in ridding himself of twenty dollars all in quarters. The game of brag is kept up as lively as ever. I continued to play some after you left and won considerable, but for some time back I have not played and probably will never play again—no resolution, though.
Henry E. Chambers, Mississippi Valley Beginnings: An Outline of the Early History of the Earlier West (New York and London, 1922), p. 358.
In addition to the text given, Chambers summarized other portions: "Grant refers to the state of excitement under which the men were laboring, for they expected daily to be hurried off to the Texan frontier. He speaks of 'Corpus or San Antonio' as two possible points of destination, reports all property not absolutely necessary to present needs packed up for transportation and stored at