Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1856 December 6

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Date: 1856 December 06
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Lexington, Va.
Dec. 6, 1856

My Dear Sister,

I am glad to learn that you have secured a teacher & that she has been with you for some time, and I hope that she is such as you desire she should be. We have just been listening in our village to a series of lectures by Mr. O.P. Baldwin of Richmond. They were 4 in no., viz. "Better time coming," "Humbugs," "Spirit Rappings," & "Yankees & Southerners." As you may judge from their names they were more amusing than instructive. I heard the first three.

You would probably like to hear a little of my whereabouts during the past summer and I purpose on giving you a kind of journal should you so desire me. But should you get tired at any time just let me know. I believe that I said something to you in my last, but as I failed to take a note of my stopping points I shall again commence at Liverpool.

Leaving Liverpool the same day of my landing I proceeded to the city of Chester which is about 18 miles from Liverpool and on entering the Hotel was met by a lady instead of a landlord as I had been accustomed in at home, and she wished to know whether I would have a room &c. After having secured my quarters I proceeded to the Cathedral, which is a large edifice formerly occupied by the Roman Catholics. At the door I was met by a man who upon learning where I was from inquired after the Fairfax family stating that the representative of that house lived in America and that he was entitled to the succession. It was about the hour of evening service. They have 2 services there per day and this was about 4 o'clock P.M.

He turned me over to the sexton who showed me to a seat upon the condition that I should not leave it until after the service was over. After service he showed me through the building which was quite interesting. Among other things were the seats for the friars or monks which were so constructed that should they become drowsy & forgetful of their duty, their seats suddenly dropt them on the floor & recalled their wandering thoughts. I walked around the wall and saw the tower on which King Charles the 1st stood & saw the defeat of his army at Routen Moor.

Much love to all the family & kind regards to all inquiring friends.

Your affectionate brother, Thomas

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