Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1852 July 12

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Date: 1852 July 12
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Rockbridge Alum Springs (Virginia)
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Alum Springs Rockbridge Cty
July 12 1852

I arrived here yesterday in as good health as usual and am delighted with the waters so far. The Springs are crowded there being about four hundred visitors and the accommodations being only adequate for 275 or 300. I succeeded in procuring 1/2 a bed; there being one room for four occupants. In a few days I hope to be better off. Though we have but two beds to 4 persons in my quarters; yet the beds are good, and the servants, and proprietors, and the their assistants are attentive.

Boarding is 10 dollars per week. This water I consider is the water of waters. This place is more crowded than any other in the mountains and I have not heard of a single person who is dissatisfied though my enquiries have been many.

My appetite and digestion have already improved and I indulge rather freely. My dinner was principally bread (which was rather fresh), potatoes and green corn which is by no means digestible. My supper rich corn bread & the same for breakfast (using butter freely at each meal)

Remember me very kindly to all enquiring Relatives and friends. Your brother, Thomas

This establishment was sold a few days since for one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. T.J.J.

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