Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1851 April 22 (#2)
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Date: 1851 April 22 (#2)
To: VMI Superintendent Francis H. Smith
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Ft. Meade, FL
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Fort Meade Florida
April 22nd 1851
Your letter of the 28th inst. informing me that I have been elected Prof. of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Artillery Tactics, in the Virginia Military Institute, has been received.
The high honor, conferred by the Board of Visitors, in selecting me, unanimously, to fill such a Professorship, gratified me exceedingly.
I hope to be able to meet the Board on the 25th of June next, but fear that circumstances, over which I have no control, will prevent my doing do before that time. For your kindness in endeavoring to procure me a leave of absence for six months, as well as for the interest you have otherwise manifested in my behalf, I feel under strong and lasting obligations.
Should I desire a furlough of more than one month commencing on the 1st of July next, it would be for the purpose of visiting Europe.
I regret that recent illness has prevented my giving you an earlier answer.
Any communication which you may have to make previous to the 1st of June, please direct to this place.
I am Col.
Your Obt. Servt.
T. J. Jackson
Col. Francis Smith/Supt. V. M. Institute/ Rockbridge Co./Virginia
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