Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1855 September 3

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Date: 1855 September 3
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Lexington, Va.
Sept. 3rd 1855

My Dear Sister,

As my eyes are still troubling me, you must excuse this brief note. I left Wirt on Thursday of week before last with the understanding that he would start for Missouri on the following Monday. There he designed going to farming on some land of mine which I am to purchase. He is to have some more schooling after he gets located, and I hope that he will do well. He was troubled about the promise which he made to you of paying you a visit. I advised him to go at once and select some place where he would like to live and that I would write to you. It was important that he should as soon as practicable get fixed in some pursuit. His mind was unsettled and flying from thing to thing, and it appears that the course he was prevailed on to take is the best for him. He had learned but very little at school previous to my going to the River. But with the start I gave him in grammar I hope that he will become a good grammarian. I want him to study spelling writing and grammar. I hope that you will write to me soon approving his course and excusing him from his promise. I feet well satisfied that you would do so when I counseled him at once to locate himself. Give my love to all the family.

Your affectionate brother

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