I wrote Julia,
City Point, Va. Oct. 12th 1864.
I have just rec’d your letter written the 5th inst. at the same time your letter of the 9th. Of course I am satisfied with the disposition you have made of the children. I want them to go to school all the time. Fred, must study French and Buck & Nelly German. I am glad to hear Jess is such a good boy. I know he will learn very fast. I received a letter from Mr. Ford saying that he had sent out and got Little Rebel and now has him at his stables in town. If you say so I will send and have him expressed to you. The other horse I heard nothing about. I send by the same Mail with this Pay Accounts for Capt. Leet to get cashed with instructions to send you a draft for $800 00. I received a letter from Mr. Jones saying the citizens of Chicago were about purchasing a fine residence for us there. We cant live at both places so that I do not know that it will be desirable to have a house there.
Clothing has been sent to John Dent so that I do not think he can be suffering on that account. I am perfectly willing however to send more to him. The Commissioner for the exchange of prisoners has promised several times that John should be released. His word has not been kept however. The pretext upon which he has been retained is that he is a lessee of a plantation from Govt. This has been frequently denied but I believe some one in the South has given such evidence against him as to determine them to retain him. I have been terribly embarrassed for several days with the movements and demonstrations of the enemy in the West. Here I feel easy. Love and kisses for you and the children.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 299