Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1856 June 6

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Date: 1856 June 6
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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June 6th 1856
My Dear Sister

Your letter came safely. And I begin my reply now though I shall not mail it until Monday. As yet I have not heard from Phil. in regard to the railing, but I may do so by the time of forwarding this. In regard to the tomb stones, I wish as soon as you receive an answer in reference to them, and shall have determined on the price & the time that they are to be put up you would let me know because in the event of their being put up before September I must make my arrangements before starting West. And I wish to know the amount as I desire to employ all of my spare funds in the purchase of lands. Doctor Bosworth will pay you fifteen dollars for me, in return for money which he wrote to me to give his son John this coming summer, but it will not be due until sometime in July as he proposed returning it to me in Beverly this summer supposing that I would visit Beverly. And if the man comes to Beverly as I suppose he does from his furnishing stones for Cousin John's grave, had I not better send the money to you and get you to pay him, getting Cousin Criss to see that he does the work properly. I expect Col. Augustus Smith here this month from Clarksburg and if you can't arrange the matter otherwise, I may be able to arrange it through him.

In reference to Wirt, I am interested in his welfare and had he followed my advise I feel that he would most certainly have been benefited by it. I wrote to him not long since in answer to a letter from him. Ask Mr. Arnold if there is anything which I can do for him this summer in the way of locating land warrants or otherwise. Tell him that my present purpose is to go to Washington from here and after finding out all that I can there in reference to Western lands, to pass into Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and probably Arkansas and say to him that I design following out his idea of locating some land in a Northern state, but that I am a little afraid to put much there for fear that in the event of dissolution of the Union, that the property of Southerners may be confiscated. I want to locate about three thousand acres, maybe a little more, and if I can please myself will probably put down about one half of it in a Northern state. I would be thankful for suggestions from Mr. Arnold if he has any to make. As yet I have not purchased land warrants, they have fallen recently to less than a dollar per acre in New York.

This is Monday afternoon and no news as yet in regard to the railing by my next letter you may expect to hear about the cost.

Remember me very kindly to all the family. I hope that Thomas is doing well in his Latin and English grammar.

Your affectionate brother,

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