Letter #39 – AUGUST 8th, 1878  

Thomas Jackson arrived in America as a young man and had to overcome many devastating setbacks to build and maintain a successful rope making business. Four times he had to begin again from scratch after losing his factories to floods and arsonists. But he persevered and was finally very successful economically.

Throughout his adult life, he was a passionate abolitionist and finally, when he passed on, this was reflected by the fact that "On the coffin rested a cross of flowers and a wreath placed there by prominent colored citizens in acknowledgment of Mr. Jackson's devotion to the colored race and opposition to slavery."

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Finally, we would like to believe that there are lessons for our present generation that may emerge from these reflections of a human spirit at time of divisive turbulence.

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