Documents from John Watson
indicates the letters with the richest content


Letter #14 February 29,
1863

Religious
Convictions

A family letter but also includes details of the effects of the war interpreted from the author's strong religious convictions

Letter #14 Metuchen March
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March
1867

A family letter with much about relations, costs and the state of the country after the war.

Letter #14 March ?,
1867

Costs &
Wages

Mainly a family letter with much concern about wages and difficulty of getting good help. Reports how the military was to take back control the southern states to make them follow the constitution.

Letter #14 February 20,
1869

A long
family letter

To my much esteemed cousin Sarah.

Letter #14 February ?,
1870

Unhappy
Revelations

TJ thrown out by wife. They had a prenuptial agreement. Thomas is a miserable unhappy man and could hardly walk.

Letter #14 August ?,
1871

TJ'S WEALTH NOT
A BLESSING?

Unexpected family insights. Also includes much about farming and the economy.

Letter #14 February 27,
1873

TJ Has
Sinned

A detailed informative family letter: "Thomas Jackson has sinned and is past remedy"

TJ'S DEATH IS
APPROACHING

Relatives now share new information about Thomas Jackson's deteriorating health.