need not write again. Give my love to all at home and a thousand kisses for yourself.
ALS, DLC-USG. The letter was carried to St. Louis by Bvt. Lt. Col. Henry Bainbridge of Mass., USMA 1821, 7th Inf. It was addressed to Julia Grant at the Dent St. Louis town house at the corner of "Fourth & Cerra" [Cerre].
May 26th 1849
MY DEAR DEAR JULIA
I write to you dearest for the last time until it happens that we are again separated, which I sincerely hope will never take place. I know now how dearly I love you, and will never give my consent to your making another long visit without me, unless it should be absolutely necessary.
By another year I can get a leave of absence for four months and I do not know but that I could it at this time if I wanted it. I watch the papers regularly to see how the Cholera is at St. Louis and it distresses me, not a little, to see such unfavorable accounts. Dearest I do wish that you was away from there. Both