Letter: to Callie [King, 1853]

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: to Callie [King, 1853]
Bird, Sallie, 1828-1910
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Southern States--Social life and customs--19th century
Domestic life
Women--Health and hygiene
Children--Health and hygiene
Women--Southern States
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Southern States, 35.8176689, -78.6268927103715
letters (correspondence)
Undated letter probably from 1853 from Sallie (Baxter) Bird, wife of Hancock County plantation-owner Edgeworth Bird, to Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin and wife of Porter King, about her recent illness and an enclosed gift of a shirt for King's daughter, Callie, who, born in 1853, died later that year. Bird feels unable to travel until she is better. One of her children also has the measles.
Digital image and encoded transcription of an original manuscript, scanned, transcribed and encoded by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001, as part of GALILEO.
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Cite as: [title of item], Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers, 1821-1862 (bulk 1852-1857), Alexander Campbell King Law Library, University of Georgia School of Law, on deposit at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers, 1821-1862 (bulk 1852-1857), box 1, folder 10, document jhl0010.
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Hargrett Library

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I send you dear Cal, a little shirt of my make, which I know you will find serviceable, if not beautiful. It is I think an extremely nice pattern; but the sleeves I worked for you, I find I left at home. I have worked this little garment since I have been sick, consequently, it is not so nicely done. But at any rate, little Callie will wear it, for the sake of one who loves her Mother dearly --

I have been very sick - with the most painful sore throat, & a violent cough, which kept me three days in bed, & from which, I feel myself today, for the first time recovering. I have coughed so incessantly at night that I have not dared go out at night, for a week. I am engaged out to dine however, for two or three days, but if I can find time, will get to see you in a day or two. How are you all doing? Do you keep well, & does dear [unclear text: wee-wee] Callie grow? Kiss her for me. Give my love to Cousin Porter -- I had such a letter, from Edge last night, that I felt like starting off today, but alas! John is down with the measles, tho' [though] over the worst, & of course I am expecting my chubby boy to take it every day - [unclear text: and] I have myself felt unable to travel so far. If Wilson does not get sick, I shall leave early next week. In the meantime, if I don't see you tomorrow, be sure when you do see me, you'll find me obstinate in insisting upon a visit from you & yours, before you go West.

Darling, haven't I written

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you quite a letter? But with you, I never know when to stop, writing or talking.
I send one of Sallie's new dresses of the trimming [unclear text: Moore] brought out. Don't you like it? I only send it for you to look at; I am sure you'll not think me foolish. She has a pink one also, made similarly -- -

Love always to Marion & your Mother -- Yours dearest Cal - with the truest affection --
[Signed] Sallie B.