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Despite initial promise, the farm began to suffer. While the Grants tried to display a  picture of frontier independence, Grant and his wife had trouble escaping the fact that  they were living on her father's land, working his fields, and tending crops he controlled.  Grant also proved that in addition to being a failure as a businessman, he was a failure  of a farmer. Though he made money on potatoes in 1855, the following year he suffered  while building Hardscrabble. By that winter, he began trying to sell firewood on the side,  which soon became a larger and larger part of the family income, as the farm returns  continued to dwindle. Grant would lug the wood into St. Louis and sell it on street  corners, allowing him to seek out old Army friends in the hope of getting a big break. In  February 1857, he unsuccessfully asked his father for five hundred dollars. His ailing 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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