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Date: 1850 July 6
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Ft. Hamilton, NY
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Fort Hamilton N.Y. Harbor
My Dear Sister,
I have received yours and in reply, can say that my health is still improving. Your requests shall be attended to, but it will be necessary to wait until my arrival; as I know of no safe mode of conveyance. You speak of your fruit and flowers. I cannot indulge in the luxury of the former, but of the latter, I take great interest and I hope that you may always cultivate them. It shows a refined taste to abound in admiration for the beautiful, and it has the additional advantage of endearing children to their home. With pleasure they must through different periods of their lives look back to their garden filled with beautiful flowers. And when they see the same flowers, even in distant countries, how vividly will it recall to mind their home, their Mother, Father, brothers, sisters, and all their early associations. I will not get home this summer, but have some hopes of coming in October, but I can not say what the result will be. How can I get through those mountains during the Winter season.
I wish that I could come and spend the entire winter with you, but such I fear will be impractical. Do not make any calculations, but expect me when circumstances will best admit of my taking a leave. I have recently received a letter from uncle John White and Aunt Catherine. The family is well, uncle Jack and Aunt Nancy are dead.
Uncle had recently received a letter from our cousins in California and they say that Uncle Cummins is undoubtedly dead. This is news which goes to my heart, uncle was a father to me.
I want to bring Thomas a good violin, if neither you nor Mr. A. has any objection to his learning to play on one. Remember me kindly to Mr. A. and family.
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