Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1858 May 1 (#1)

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Date: 1858 May 1 (#1)
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Jackson announces the birth of his daughter, Mary Graham. The baby died on May 25.

Lexington, Va.
May 1st 1858

My dear sister,

I am very much pressed with business, but I must drop you a line to say that yesterday God blessed us with a charming little daughter, and we have named her after Mrs. Morrison, Mary Graham.

My eyes have been troubling me much lately. I regret that you have had so much suffering, it appears to have resembled my attack. I am now using glycerine which is the essence of oil. I take it through the nostrils for the purpose of curing the inflammation at the entrance of the nasal tubes into the mouth and I find it of great service. God had blest its use to me very much. I tried caustic or nitrate of silver, but with much less effect. I hope that you will soon be well. I ascertained to day that I can get a copy of "Silver Wood" in town so you may expect one when Mr. Chenoweth goes home if not before.

Anna & the little one are both doing very well for which we are thankful to our Heavenly Father. I received a letter from Wirt a few days since. His health I think is just tolerable from what he says. I have been wanting to write to Thomas for some time & and hope to do so before long.

May the blessings of our Heavenly Father rest upon you richly is the prayer of your affectionate brother. Anna joins me in love to you & the children. Remember me very kindly to Mr. Arnold.

Your brother,

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