Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1852 September 7

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Date: 1852 September 7
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Lexington Va.
Sept 7th 1852

My Dear Sister,

A line from you has not even come to hand yet. I hope that this is not a result of ill health. An improvement of health began to reward me for my visit to the Alum Springs, within as I believe less than 24 hours after my arrival there. I remained at the Springs for three weeks and then left with regret.

The checks have not yet come to hand, has the letter containing them been received by you. Our duties at the Institute have been resumed, and things omen well.

I have for months back admired Lexington, but now for the first time have truly and fully appreciated it. Of all the places which have come under my observation in the U. States, this little village is the most beautiful.

In a few days I hope to write a letter to cousin Harriet Murdoc and I shall urge her to leave home next year. She is a lovely lady and if she were not my cousin I might ardently desire her to be my wife. She is so estimable: I feel proud of her as a cousin. I enjoyed myself very much at the springs and would have been delighted to have had her with me.

I wrote to Richard Camden and to Dr. Bland requesting them to join me at the Alum but have heard nothing from either of them.

I hope that the baby has entirely recovered and that your health continues to improve. Remember me very kindly to the family and to all inquiring friends and relatives.

Your brother, Thomas Has Cousin Nancy returned home? How is Miss Eliza and Mrs. Hilly?

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