Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1852 December 11

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Date: 1852 December 11
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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Lexington, Va.
December 11th, 1852
My Dear Sister,

Your kind letter has received the perusal of a brother and I hope that though ill health is your present lot, that notwithstanding, you will continue a buoyancy of spirits and not give way to surrounding troubles. I too am a man of trouble, yet let the oppressing load be ever so great it never sinks me beneath its weight.

I trust that this will find you improving if not well. Our session will have its semi-annual examination in the early part of the coming January. When did you last hear from Cousin Harriet Murdoc. A cadet from Point Pleasant tells me that she had been there on a visit, but that she has returned home.

Lexington has been very gay for some time back, owing to the marriage of one of the daughters of the late Governor McDowell. The weather is quite inclement at present.

You must talk to Thomas and Grace for me and tell them that their uncle frequently thinks of them and that he would be very glad to have them with him. But that he does not like bad children and always talk to them for me in such a manner as to make them better. I suppose that you have heard of Cousin Margaret Neale's marriage.

I am very busy this winter with studying and hearing recitations, having not only to prepare on Natural Philosophy and Artillery, but to be in the section room three and four hours per day additional. My spare time is given to reading and to other sources of improvement.

Your brother,

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