Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1859 October 31

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Date: 1859 October 31
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Lexington, Virginia
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October 31, 1859
My dear Sister

Last week I mailed a letter to Mr. Arnold requesting him to visit me and [illegible] other inducements told him that we were to have a county agricultural Fair, but didn't mention the day, as I had not yet ascertained it; but it is to be on the 23 of this month. Urge Mr. Arnold to come if you think that he can do so safely; and during his stay, I will try & interest him in our schools & county, and see if he can be induced to locate here.

I found that the cadets designed being absent so short a time, that I concluded that I had better postpone my visit to you until next summer.

I feel that we are now greatly blessed with a good teacher for boys, he is the very man I think whom Thomas would do well under. We have a number of good schools for Grace & Stark. There is a gentleman in town who has a boy who has given him & his teacher much trouble & on Saturday he was speaking of Mr. Morgan (who is the teacher to whom I referred for Thomas) & he spoke of him in very high terms for the successful management of his boy & for the progress that his boy is making under his new teacher.

I heard from Anna on Saturday. She hoped to be at Hampden Sidney today. She feels much improved & is bringing Laura her youngest sister home with her. I hope that they will soon be here.

Let me hear from you soon & tell me what Mr. A says. I felt it would be more prudent in me not to say anything in my letter about his moving here. I would like to see him first & thus have a better opportunity of judging how he could best be approached successfully on the subject. I desired to write to you two weeks ago but I thought that Mr. A. might suspect something from the frequency of our letters.

Love to all, and trust God unreservedly in all things is my sincere prayer.

Your affectionate brother, Thomas.

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