Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1856 February 18
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Date: 1856 February 18
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Feby. 18th 1856
My Dear Sister,
I expect that you have been expecting a letter for several mails as I am several mails behind my time, and acting upon the principle that late is better than never I have concluded to appropriate a portion of this afternoon to a little talk with you.
My paper you see is variegated with colors by obviously not much beautified by such acquisition. This varied appearance has resulted not from color but from the absence of color produced by spilling some nitric acid on it & it has given me about a [???] of the same stamp. Tell Thomas he must never give up his Latin grammar nor his English either. That if he perseveres that he may expect to find both of great use after awhile. Tell him that his uncle had to study hard for years at more difficult things than the Latin & grammar and that after he learns it, that it will all be very easy. Tell him also that I want a letter from him when he finds time to write. But he must make himself perfect master of his spelling book and grammar now when he is young and then he may expect to write correct letters, but without knowing these two books he can hardly expect to write correctly. Because all correct writing must have the words spelled correctly and written grammatically.
How is cousin John getting? I have not yet written to him, but if your next letter brings the news of his life being prolonged I think that I will try and write very soon after. My time is taken up during the day and I am afraid to write at night. But my eyes are improving. I have no recent news of Wirt at least for several weeks & I do not know where he is. The last I heard from him was through a letter written to Aunt Clem. Cousin Hardin appointed Uncle Alfred his administrator. If Cousin John is still living, give him my warm remembrances & hope that the visions of the future may grow brighter until faith is lost in reality of those joys which passeth all understanding. Much love to all.
Your affectionate brother,
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