Letter: to Callie [King], 1852 July [no day]

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: to Callie [King], 1852 July [no day]
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
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Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Domestic life
University of Georgia
Commencement ceremonies--Georgia--Athens
Cobb family
Cobb, Thomas Read Rootes, 1823-1862
Lumpkin, Joseph Henry, 1799-1867
Church, Alonzo, 1793-1862
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
Letter from July 1852 from Marion Lumpkin Cobb, wife of Thomas Read Rootes Cobb and daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin, to Callie King, wife of Porter King and Marion's sister, about events in Athens including the University of Georgia's upcoming commencement. Marion's husband, T.R.R. Cobb, and her father are in Americus at a legal meeting. Marion reports on the death of one of university president Alonzo Church's sons-in-laws, a Col. Craig, and touches upon the health of Col. Cobb.
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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 14, document jhl0014.
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July 1852
My dearest Callie -
I have intended writing you for several days past, but have been prevented by indisposition from doing so. I am not well today - but fearing time [unclear, deleted text: will] will not improve me, I have determined to devote a few minutes to you this morning if it be only to assure you how much I love and think of you. [unclear text: Jimmie] who wrote you a few days [added text: since] has I doubt not communicated all of the news. In addition to my other sources of discomfort this week Pa & Mr. Cobb have been absent at Americus & their letters yesterday lead us to fear they may be absent a week or two longer owing to the lengthy speeches of some of their legal brethren. Of course annoyed also by the excessive heat & the musquitoes [mosquitoes] their patience is severely taxed & they complain most bitterly. Commencement is only a fortnight hence and I poor I feel as if my cup of misfortunes just now was well

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nigh full. It is the first time Mr C- [Cobb] has been able to be here in six years & being so far as my household arrangements are concerned better "fixed up" than we ever were [unclear text: I am] so sorry we cannot entertain as usual at this approaching festival. But all is for the best I doubt not & He who orders all things - will of course do all things well. A general gloom will be cast upon the exercises I fear - owing to the melancholy murder of Col. [Colonel] Craig - who [unclear text: you] have seen I suppose was shot by two of his own men deserters. Lizzy is greatly distressed I hear & Dr [Doctor] Church himself seems greatly cast down. He now has to support two widowed daughters & I expect feels almost [unclear text: inadequate] to do so. May he who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb gently lead them & those we love - who are suffering now so much in a path they know not & pour the oil of consolation into their wounded hearts. Lizzy has been remarkably gay since her return from Florida & I think will be severely afflicted [deleted text: I expect]

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The town is just beginning to fill up with strangers - altho [although] I know but few as yet. Mary Cobb is expected next week - but I suppose will not be a belle at Commencement. Sal. Jackson seems so perfectly happy & contented at home she will not be here until September. Brother [unclear text: Howell] & his family are here & expect a great deal of company. Old Col [Colonel] Cobbs health continues to fail him very fast & I doubt whether his sojourn here will be much longer. Mrs [unclear text: Clower] lost her little girl named Marion last week, & Mrs J.H. Phinizy is expected to to [to] die in a short time with the same disease which killed this child & poor Mrs Young - erysipelas. Mary Jones is still confined to her bed but her babe is much better. None of the Baxters have come yet but are constantly looked for. Mary's youngest child I heard was very ill - & her own health is wretched. I had a letter from Mr Cobb yesterday in which he writes me he thinks Mr Nightingale will probably purchas [purchase] Col [Colonel] [unclear text: Lamars] house here as a summer residence.

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Athens continues to improve & there is quite a spirit of [unclear text: persisting] & building going on. Pa's house really looks beautifully - & is more admired than when new. Do you remember Miss Sarah Lamar who married Dr [Doctor] Reese. She has been quite deranged for sometime but is now better caused by neuralgia of her head. How prevalent this is now becoming. I sometimes think it is owing to the great degree of excitement and haste which now seems to characterize the age. Well dear Callie I believe I have retailed all of the "on dits" afloat & I will conclude with a little bulletin of family news - that is - home matters. All are well at Ma's & Mr. C. [Cobb] writes me the [unclear text: brimstone] water seems to have benefitted Pa. His [unclear text: health] however is not what it was when you saw him & I do hope he may be able to [unclear text: take] a [unclear text: jaunt] somewhere this summer as I know it would be of service to him. Jimmie is thin but well. He stays mostly with me & is very kind to me during Mr Cobbs absence - & has endeared himself very much to me. He & Eddy are noble boys & I should dislike very much to see either of them leave us. Eddy & Dick Taylor are reading law in the office & Pa has the prospect of quite a large class. As to my own little brood they are not well & still not sick. Sally & Callie are quite thin. Callie never sees the omnibus but she wishes to know "why dont Aunty come" & seems to desire it more than ever. She has become a [unclear text: universal pet]

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but still insists upon it she is "Auntys." Her devotion is the strongest I ever witnessed in a child Well Callie I know not when I shall write again I hope I may soon see you & brother Porter - we all desire it so much. I sometimes think in looking at the future where "passing away" is stamped upon every thing I may never tell you again how dear you are

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to me but I know you will think so always without this

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assurance from your fond & devoted sister

[Signed] Marion