|BARNARD & CO.|
|FIRM COMPOSED OF||51 WASHINGTON AV.|
|WM D. W. BARNARD.||BETWEEN 2ND & 3D STRS.|
|JAMES BARNARD.||ST. Louis. April 7th 1858|
Please let W. D. W. Barnard, or agt. have your check for the amount of Mr. Dent's note in the Bank of the State of Mo. due Saturday the 10th inst. and oblige.
|Your Obt. Svt.|
|U. S. GRANT|
|To Col. J. O'Falon|
|St. Louis, Mo.|
ALS, O'Fallon collection, MoSHi.
John O'Fallon, originally from Ky., had become wealthy in St. Louis banking and real estate, had declined an appointment as Secretary of War in 1841, and was widely known for his philanthropies. John O'Fallon's second wife was a cousin of Col. Frederick Dent. Julia Grant had spent part of the winter of 1843-44 in the O'Fallon home and regarded their daughter, Caroline O'Fallon, as one of her closest friends.
William D. W. Barnard, a partner in the wholesale drug firm of Barnard & Co. at 51 Washington Ave. in St. Louis, was a close friend of USG. Barnard's wife, Eliza Shurlds, was a sister of the wife of George Dent, Mary Isabella Shurlds. In 1864 USG wrote to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman that "Mr. Barnard has been a sincere friend of mine, when I wanted friends and when there was no apparent possible chance of him ever deriving any benefit from it ..." Quoted in Barnard to USG, July 19, 1875, CSmH.