“I should like however very much to see you and the children before you settle down”

I wrote Julia,

 

City Point Aug. 23d 1864.
Dear Julia,
Fred starts in the morning for Philadelphia to meet you and to remain with you until arrangements are made for your housekeeping. I should like however very much to see you and the children before you settle down so if you choose you may come down here bringing them with you. There is no possible place however for you to stay. You would have to remain aboard of the boat and return with it next day. I would go back with you as far as Fortress Monroe. If you do come you had better let Dr. Brinton’s Mother know what kind of a house you want and she would let it be known so I think you would find no difficulty on your return. If possible you want to rent a furnished house. If not you will have to take one and furnish it your self. In that case I will have to get you some more money, I can spare $1000 from this months pay and unless Mr. Jones has bought more Horse rail-road stock I have about $1,400 with him. This would give you $3,400 to start with. At present rates it would take five or six thousand to furnish a house, I have not been so well for the last week as usual though to-day feel better.
Kisses for your self and the children,
Ulys.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 76-7

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