Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1857 August 11

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Date: 1857 August 11
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Rockbridge Alum Springs
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Rockbridge Alum Springs
Aug 11/ 57

My Dear Sister,

Since my last we have visited Niagara, Saratoga & immediate places. As stated in my Richmond letter, I had expected to proceed from that point to your house, but an enlargement of one of the glands of Anna's neck induced me to consult a physician, & my concern was so great as to induce me to take her to Philadelphia where she consulted a Doctor Jackson of the University, & he was unable to decide as to the true character of the case. But whilst there, I met with Dr. Graham of Lexington in whom I have great confidence, & he advised me to bring her here after making a short tour.

We reached here last Wednesday evening and the enlargement has apparently diminished considerably since that time. We expect to remain here till near the close of my vacation & then return to Lexington. I regret that we have been unable to visit you this summer but I felt that under the circumstances it was my duty to make Anna's health the first object of concern. In coming from Staunton here I fell in with Cousin [Floride?] & her little boy on their way to the Healing Springs. Let me hear from you soon & if you can write before the 25th of this month, direct to this place, otherwise direct to Lexington. Give love to all. Anna joins me in love to you.

Your affectionate brother

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