Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1854 April 7

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Date: 1854 April 7
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Lexington, Va.
April 7th 1854

My Dear Sister,

As I received your letter day before yesterday, and was desirous of answering it by the return mail, I could only say a few words. I am not certain whether the physician mentioned in your letter, was the same I have heard of as the lecturer in the North, or not; if he is, as I before stated, I should not much admire his character, though he might be a good doctor notwithstanding. Yet I would not like such a man for my physician, if I could get a good physician whose moral character would receive my approbation. If this is not the lecturer, I know nothing about him.

I hope that by the time you receive this that your health will have much improved. But my sister, be that as it may, do turn to God, and obey the teachings of the Bible. If you do not believe its teachings at least obey its doctrines and I believe that God will give you faith. Make but the effort, and resolve to do what it teaches to the close of life, and then you may expect death to be disrobed of its terrors. Remember that you have your brother's prayers, and I hope those of several members of my wife's family, and I believe that you also received the prayers of our Mother and Brother.

I received a letter a few days since from Aunt Clementine Neale. She and Uncle Alford had been south to see Uncle Thornton and Wirt, but a short time before they reached Uncle Thornton's Wirt had gone to California. She tells me that Wirt is a very tall man, and that Uncle Thornton has a very high opinion of him. Uncle Minor's wife lost her last husband in New Orleans some months since and she is consequently again thrown upon her father's protection. I have also received a letter from Uncle John White; his health has improved and that of his family is generally good. Uncle George White's family at last account was well.

My dear sister do try and follow your Brother's council now and remember that this letter is prayed over by him, that it may be the means of your eternal happiness. Let me hear from you soon.

Your affectionate Brother, Thomas

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