Nov 23 1862. I wrote my father,
Nov 23d 1862
A batch of letters from Covington, and among them one from you is just received.
I am only sorry your letter, and all that comes from you, speaks so condescendingly of every thing Julia says, writes or thinks. You without probably being aware of it are so prejudiced against her that she could not please you. This is not pleasing to me.
Your letter speaks of Fred’s illness. Fred is a big stout looking boy, but he is not healthy. The difference that has always been made between him and the other children has had a very bad influence on him. He is sensitive and notices these things. I hope no distinction will be made and he will in time recover from his diffidence caused by being scolded so much.
I wish you would have a bottle of Cod liver oil bought and have Fred take a table spoonful three times a day in part of a glass of ale each dose. Dr. Pope of St. Louis says that he requires that treatment every little while and will continue to do so whilst he is growing. One of Mary’s letters asks me for some explanation about the Iuka battle. You can say that my report of that battle, and also of Corinth and the Hatchee went to Washington several weeks ago and I suppose will be printed. These will answer her question fully.
Before you receive this I will again be in motion. I feel every confidence of success but I know that a heavy force is now to my front. If it is my good fortune to come out successfully, I will try and find time to write Mary a long letter.
Julia joins me in sending love to all of you.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 344-5
Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa