I wrote Julia,
As I have heard indirectly that you would leave St. Louis on Wednesday next this will be the last letter I will write, unless I should hear from you again that you are not coming. I presume your letters all reach me. Three came at once last week. I had had two before that and one since from Louisa Boggs. You have had a terrible time with your eyes: I hope they have improved sufficiently to allow you to travel. It can only be about a month more that I can remain here with you. I did not go to the front as was anticipated but left Thomas to move his own forces. I have not been very well for the last three or four days but hope to be all right in a day or two. I have been taking quinine enough to make my head buzz and now have taken a large dose of Blue Mass. This I hope will be the last.
Kisses for the children and yourself, and remember me to all the household.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 10, p 154-5