I wrote Julia,
City Point, Va, Oct. 30th 1864.
Gen. Rawlins starts for St. Louis this morning bearer of orders to Gen. Rosecrans. He will be in St. Louis several days. If you are prepared to return about the same time he is retuming you might take advantage of that occation to come back with him. I shall be compelled to spend two or three days in Washington about the 10th of November and will endeavor, will go, to Burlington before retuming. I received letters from Mr. Morris and Mrs. Hillyer notifying me that you had started for St Louis. Poor Fred, I am afraid he will never get an uninterrupted quarters schooling.
My love to all at your father’s. I hope you found him much improved. If he recovers sufficiently to travel why not take him to Burlington with you? Love and kisses,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 368