Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1856 January 14

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Date: 1856 January 14
Item: Letter
To: Aunt
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Jany 14th 1856
My Dear Aunt,

Your letter enclosing Wirt's & its accompanying bonds came safely. And in reply I would state that I even desire that my feelings may never get the better of my judgement. And certainly from all the light now before me it would be in violation of my judgement to aid Wirt until he gives evidence of being a reliable and straight forward person. Though he promised in his letters to give a portion of each to [parsing?] as I had taught him. Yet he has not so much as attempted anything in any of his letters, and it appears that though he promised you not to purchase the watch, yet he violated his promise to you and excused himself by saying that the man made him do so. For the present and until he satisfies me that it would be proper to give him aid I must decline doing it. But it will give me pleasure to assist whenever I can do so with the consciousness that he will do what is right.

Tell uncle that I am anxiously looking for the check from him on New York City as I want to forward funds there as soon as practicable. Much love to uncle and to all the family. Please let me hear from you soon.

Your affectionate nephew,

I return one of Wirt's papers and will return the others letter hereafter. The deed is to be made to Wirt & this not until is directly the reverse of his obligations & the time of making the deed is deferred until the last purchase money shall be paid & then if they cannot make it, there it ends unless they are responsible persons.

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