USG had traded Hardscrabble farm for a house and lot at Ninth and
Barton Streets in St. Louis, receiving a note for $3000 representing the dif-
ference in value. The new owner of Hardscrabble was to pay off a $1500 mortgage
on the St. Louis house, and secured the debt with a deed of trust on Hardscrabble.
He was unable to pay, however, and USG sued, finally recovering the Hardscrabble
farm in 1867. Richardson, p. 162.
See next letter for mention of Simpson's visit.
USG discussed his vote for James Buchanan in Memoirs, I, 214-15. Cf.
John Russell Young, Around the World with General Grant (New York, 1879),
The two Democratic members of the Board of County Commissioners
were Col. Alton R. Easton and Judge Peregrine Tibbets. The Free-Soilers were
John H. Lightner, Benjamin Farrar, and Dr. William Taussig. USG's friend
among the Free-Soilers was probably Dr. Taussig, who later wrote Personal
Recollections of General Grant (St. Louis, 1903).
"September 22, 1859. Ordered by the board, that C. E. Salomon be, and
he is hereby appointed County Engineer; to hold until otherwise ordered by this
board, at a salary of one hundred and sixty dollars per month." Richardson, p. 167.
Charles E. Salomon later served in the Civil War as col. of the 5th Mo. Vols.
USG's reaction to his rejection and his brief membership in a Know-
Nothing lodge are discussed in Memoirs, 1, 212-13.
To Simpson Grant
St. Louis, Oct. 24th 1859
I have been postponing writing to you hoping to make a
return for your horse, but as yet I have recieved nothing for him.
About two weeks ago a man spoke to me for him and said that
he would try him the next day and if he suited give me $100 for
him. I have not seen the man since but one week ago last Saturday he went to the stable and got the horse saddle and bridle
since which I have seen neither man nor horse. From this I
presume he must like him. The man, I understand, lives in
Florisant, about twelve miles from the city.
My family are all well and living in our own house.
1 It is
much more pleasant than where we lived when you were here
and contains about as much room, practically. I am still unem