Letter: to Callie [King], 1852 Mar. [no day]

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: to Callie [King], 1852 Mar. [no day]
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
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Domestic life
Women--Education--Georgia--History--19th century
Gardening--Georgia--History--19th century
Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Cobb, Lucy, 1844-1857--Death and burial
Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885--Health
Toombs, Sallie--Health
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
Letter from March 1852 from Marion Lumpkin Cobb, wife of Thomas Reade Roots Cobb and daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin, to Callie King, wife of Porter King and Marion's sister, about her life in Athens and news of others in their social circle. Marion reports that her daughter Lucy, for whom the Lucy Cobb Institute in Athens was later named, has begun school. She also mentions the state of her garden and touches upon the health of Georgia Senator [Robert] Toombs and his daughter, Sallie.
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
4 pages/leaves
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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 15, document jhl0015.
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March 1852
My dearest Callie -
I received your very kind and welcome letter Saturday evening - and altho' [although] I am not very well and am very much fatigued still I will not delay answering it for fear I may neglect you too long. You know I have been somewhat famous of late for my procrastination in the epistolary line - 'though [although] [deleted text: t] not very slow about other matters. I have just finished a long letter to Pa directed to Waverley as he directed me to address him at that place the first of this week. Oh you cannot tell how much I have felt their absence - and in fact how much I have missed you all. Last week Mr Cobb was away & I felt so sad & lonely I worked until I was almost stupid when night came - and consequently I don't feel so well from it. You don't conceive what a fine manager Eddy is. He has taken me by surprise and I think whoever gets him will have the best husband to be found. He is so kind & thoughtful - & still industrious & managing. Jimmie stays with me most of the time, & the little boys

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are with me very often. They all behave as well as they can & there is no trouble to get along with them. I tell you all this for I know your sisterly heart will feel gratified to learn that the wishes of our kind parents are so strictly attended to & that in times of need their worthy example & affectionate precepts are brought into display. Truly "as ye sow ye shall reap- & in this respect it does my heart good for their children to rise up & honor them - as it is the greatest earthly reward they can obtain. Lucy started to school again today & seems much pleased to do so. She has just gone with a crowd of little girls to the singing at the Newton House & is in a high degree of excitement. Sallie & Callie are quite anxious to join her. They speak often of you - and seem to miss you very much. Callie begged me very earnestly to let her call me sister the other day - as I was no bigger than Mary Ann Hayes. Everything looks so green and flour [added text: ish] ing now and our gardens with the peach trees are beautiful. I am busy in the front yard and have got one side already sodded with grass - and have sent to Macon

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for roses & verbena. They are progressing with the house and I have now given up the [unclear text: front] which puts me to no little inconvenience. I had Pa's roses all fixed the other day - & his verbena is coming up which he thought was killed. There is no news of importance in the place. [unclear text: Lou Morton] had twin sons about a week since which are dead - & she is extremely ill. Poor little Noel McHenry has become very suddenly without any apparent [added text: cause] perfectly blind. Sarah passed through here on her way to see Dr [Doctor] Banks about a week since and was in great distress about him. You know he was decidedly her favorite. Col [Colonel] Toombs is very ill in Washington City with jaundice, pneumonia, & rheumatism. He telegraphed his friends in Washington about his situation & sent for Dr [Doctor] Andrews. At the same [added text: time] his daughter Sallie was lying at the point of death, and had telegraphed her parents that she could not live. I felt for poor Mrs Toombs - and I felt also the utter vanity of human greatness. In my heart I blessed God that my lamb was crowned with an immortal crown which could never be taken from him - not even

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by death's - all powerful hand - for he has passed to that bright world - where "passing away" is no more the impress on his brow - but an "eternal weight of glory" before the throne of God - which "perishes not" but "increases more & more unto the perfect day." The "Higgins" are still creating quite a noise in the town and yesterday drew quite a crowd to the church. Mr Bachelor the successor of Mr Castleton preached for us and I thought very often of your mission on a previous occasion. A collection without previous notice was taken up in the church & $50 was raised. Mr Castleton has again lost his wife. Mr Asbury [unclear text: Hull] is building a house of brick on the old site - to be I understand just like the Bank. I believe I have retailed all of the news I can collect. I have become either from want of practice or natural dulness [dullness] which has grown upon me of late a poor scribe but dear Callie I will submit myself to the severest criticism to receive your kind letters. I will try to improve & become more interesting I promise you - & I think you will believe [added text: this] knowing my past neglect in the epistolary line - when you receive an answer so soon to your letter.

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Do continue to write even if I should prove remiss in duty & God will reward you for the comfort which it gives to my often sad heart. Tell me of all your feelings plans & arrangements & never fear that I will "smile" but "brother Tom" & myself delight to hear of the welfare of one we have loved so dearly. Tell [unclear text: Will] I have missed him so much & Lucy really grieved about him. [unclear text: My]

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heartfelt congratulations to [unclear text: Lid] & himself. He knows how sincerely he has

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them. Tell brother Porter I liked him before - I love him now for his kindness to you. And to [unclear text: Joe] & Muggie my warmest love & a kiss to little Annie. But another sheet would fail to hold the messages from Mr Cobb children & all - so I only [unclear text: add] receive them with the love of your sister
[signed: Marion ]
Remember me & somebody else to Miss [unclear text: Yuddy] -