A conversation between Mrs. Henry T. Blow (wife of the Congressman Blow from MO) and Gen. Grant reported in J. T. Headleys, "The Life and Travels of General Grant"
Published by Hubard Bros., Philadelphia.
1879,
pages 41 to 43

[Researchers Note: Henry T. Blow was born in Virginia in 1817 and moved to St. Lopuis in 1830. From 1854 and 1858 he served in the State Senate. He was elected to Congress in 1864. He died in 1875 and is buried in Bellefontaine cemetery, St. Louis.]

It is well known that when he (Grant) resided in Missouri, he was very poor, and lived in a small, uncomfortable house, cultivating a farm of a few acres. His chief income was derived from hauling wood to the city of St. Louis. He used to supply Hon. Henry T. Blow, of that city, with his fuel. Mr. Blow was elected to the Thirty-ninth Congress, and on one occasion went with his wife to one of General Grant's popular recepetions. Mrs. Blow wondered if General Grant would recognize her as an old friend or acquaintance, under the different circumstdances of their relative situations in life. Well, Mrs Blow had not been long at the General's before he came to her and said: 'Mrs. Blow, I remember you well. What great changes have taken place since we last met!' "Yes, General,' said Mrs. B., 'the war is over.' 'I did not mean that,' he replied; 'I mean with myself. Do you recollect when I used to supply your husband with wood, and pile it myself, and measure it, too, and go to his office for my pay?' 'Mrs. Blow, those were happy days; for I was doing the best I could to support my family.'