One untouchable aspect of the estate, however, was the Dent's ownership of twelve family slaves. Most of the slaves belonged to the family, though Grant owned one–William Jones–and Julia owned four. By all accounts the slaves were treated extremely well–one even said that Grant was the best master he had ever had–and Julia at least considered them valuable family servants. She thought it in bad taste to sell such valuable members of the household. In fact, Grant drew criticism from other slaveholders in the area for paying his men too generously. When Grant left for St. Louis two years later, in 1859, he freed Jones–no small act in light of the financial troubles that Grant faced and the fact that Jones would have fetched over $1,500 at that point.On February 6, 1858, Julia gave birth to the couple's final child, Jesse Grant–named, of course, for the boy's grandfather, Grant's father. That same year, Grant finally
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