I wrote my son Frederick,
City Point Va. Oct. 19th 1864.
I have now received two letters from you since you commenced going to school in Burlington, You must continue to write often as much for your improvement as that I may hear from you. I would have written two days ago to your Ma but I supposed she had gone to St. Louis. I do not know now whether she has gone at all. I received a telegraph from her at Philadelphia saying she had got that far on the way but did not know whether to go further. I telegraphed her that your Uncle Fred would start at once for St. Louis and I did not think it was best for her to go but to do as she pleased. I am glad you are all pleased with your schools and hope you will learn fast. Does Jess continue to like school and his books? Jess is a good boy, only sometimes when he forgets, and a smart one too. He will learn to read by Christmas. Has Nelly returned from New York? I hope she had a pleasant visit. She & Buck must both write to me and Jess must tell you all something to write until he learns so that he can write for himself. Love and kisses for all of you. I will not write to your Ma until I know where she is.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 322