Orvil enquires what compensation I receive: I presume it
will be the pay of Capt. or $140 00 per month.
3 At present I am
at the Principle Hotel
4 where I presume my board will be 10 or
12 dollars per week but if I remain I shall leave it. I have not had
a line from you since I come here, how does this happen ?
Kiss all the children for me. Tell Mary Duncan
5 her beaux
takes to soldiering very naturally. I have no doubt but he will
send her a kiss by me when I go back.
Write to me Sunday the day you will get this.
USG was later assigned to muster regts. at Mattoon, Belleville, and
Anna. See letter of April 27, 1861, note 3.
Frederick Dent was then living at Wish-ton-wish, the farm of his son
Lewis Dent, adjacent to the Dent estate of White Haven in St. Louis County
which USG had helped his father-in-law to dispose of in 1858. PUSG, 1, 344-45.
On May 23, 1861, USG was paid $130. See letter of May 1, 1861, note
3. If he received payment for the period between his first full day in Springfield,
April 27, and the day he was paid, this would be compatible with the pay expected
Capt. Augustus L. Chetlain recalled that he had roomed with USG in a
private apartment and they ate at the Chenery House. Recollections of Seventy
Years (Galena, 1899), p. 73.
Mary E. Duncan of Galena, eighteen-year-old stepdaughter of G. W.
Brownell, a grain merchant, was a neighbor of the Grant family. U. S. Census,
1860. Her "beaux" may have been Mr. King. See letter of June 1, 1861.
To Jesse Root Grant
Camp Yates, near Springfield|
May 6th 1861|
DEAR FATHER; |
Your second letter, dated the 1st of May has just come to
hand. I commenced writing you a letter three or four days ago
but was interrupted so often that I did not finish it.
1 I wrote one