Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1852 October 9

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Date: 1852 October 9
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Ft. Hamilton, NY
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Lexington, Va.
Oct. 9th 1852

My Dear Sister,

Your kind letter has finally come safely to its place of destination. I felt concerned about your long silence, for fear that your health was bad.

I have found on my return home that the peaches here were not so abundant as I had supposed but the apples are at abundance. Though peaches are not so plentiful as I had supposed, yet I have spoken to a person to secure me two or three bushels and if he fails I will endeavor to secure them by sending to Lynchburg, which is near forty miles and through that section I have been informed that there has been no scarcity. I hope that by this time the baby is entirely well and that health and prosperity are among the number of your domestic blessings.

My health has been much improved by visiting the Alum Springs. I have been and am still using the water, but its effects are not so good as when used at the Springs.

Cousin Harriet has written me a letter which I prize very much, it speaks the purity of her character. I wish that I could be with her during my leisure moments. They would pass so delightfully under her pure and elevating influence.

Cousin Margaret is married, though of this you have probably already been informed. She is the wife of the person to whom I believe you alluded when we were at Parkersburg. Aunt would not consent to her being married at home and she was consequently married at Uncle William Neale's.

The weather here is very warm and the ground is quite dry.

What news have you from the letter containing the drafts. I wish you would let me know as soon as convenient, whether there is any hopes of getting possession of them. Let me hear from you as soon as convenient.

John Gittings is doing very well.

Remember me very kindly to each member of the family and to all enquiring relatives and friends.

Your brother

(Cadet John G. Gittings,VMI Class of 1856, was Jackson's distant cousin.)

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