One untouchable aspect of the estate1

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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 
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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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