Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1855 February 20

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Date: 1855 February 20
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Lex. Va.
Feby 20th 1855
My Dear Sister,

I have learned with pleasure that your health has improved and I hope that you may not for many a day to come {need} any more medicine. I have gone to both of our book stores but in neither one could be found the books which you require. If you desire it and will let me know I will get one of our merchants when in Philadelphia next month to get them if they are to be had. The spelling book is here but the others I doubt whether they will ever be here unless specially ordered.

I have just written to Wirt I to have done so some time since but have been prevented by my eyes. He is at Mount Vernon Indiana where he recently returned from California. He saw hard times and was glad to get back even with his life, though he brought some money $340 dollars.

My eyes are improving but still I have to be careful with them, the spots continue to float before them. I am obliged to you for your kind suggestion not to hurt them even in writing to you. Maggie has been in Philadelphia for about three months for her health. Is there anything of Dear Ellie's which you would like to have, her pencil, her glasses or anything else?

Love to all. Your affectionate brother, Thomas.

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