Galena, August 7th 1860.
When I left St. Louis you will remember you enquired of me if I had the Deed for that Carondelet property recorded. I told you that it had not been recorded and that the Deed had been left with Gibson. I feel anxious to know if you found it and if it has been recorded yet.
Since leaving St. Louis I have become pretty well inniciated into the Leather business and like it well. Our business here is prosperous and I have evry reason to hope, in a few years, to be entirely above the frowns of the world, pecuniarily. —I presume you had an exciting time of it in St. Louis Yesterday! I feel anxious to hear of Blairs defeat but as yet the Telegraph has brought us nothing Satisfactory. One rumor is that Barret is 45 ahead for the short term and Blair far ahead for the long. Another that Blair has gained in both; and still another that Barret is probably elected for both. 1 I cant help feeling more interest in the contest you have just gone through than I shall in the November election. The fact is I think the Democratic party want a little purifying and nothing will do it so effectually as a defeat. The only thing is I dont like to see a Republican beat the party. —How is Gibson now? Myself and family are all well and highly pleased with this place.
U. S. GRANT
P. S. Not being certain of your first name I shall have to send this through the Collector to whom please present my best respects. Please write to me soon.
ALS, MoSHi. Davis and Gibson may have been custom house employees when USG was there.