Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie [King], 1852 Apr. 16

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie [King], 1852 Apr. 16
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
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Charleston (S.C.)--Social life and customs--19th century
House furnishings
Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Domestic life
Minstrel shows--Georgia--Athens
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897--Journeys--South Carolina--Charleston
Lumpkin, Joseph Henry, 1799-1867--Journeys--South Carolina--Charleston
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, 32.7765656, -79.9309216
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
Letter dated April 16 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, written upon her return from a trip with her father to Charleston to purchase furniture. She describes her purchases which also included some clothing and the people she visited with there. Upon her return, the family went to see a minstrel show. Marion also provides news of a small pox outbreak in the town.
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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 16, document jhl0016.
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Athens April 16th
Well my dearest sister as I wrote Willie a few days since I intended paying a flying visit to Charleston to buy our furniture, and upon my return would write to you. I [unclear text: now] hasten to keep my promise for fear I shall delay too long when the cares of housekeeping, &c [et cetera] , again press upon me. I only reached home yesterday and still feel quite unsettled and disinclined to renew the numerous duties which now press rather heavily upon me - making up the childrens summer clothing - arranging the house & various other matters too numerous to mention. I only spent two days in Charleston - and as Pa accompanied us - with my own rushing temperament you will not wonder when I tell you we quite exhausted ourselves whilst there, shopping, sight seeing &c [et cetera] . I know you will not consider it a love of display in me but will be interested to hear of my various purchases especially for the house. In

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the first place then I bought all of our furniture and was more than satisfied with it. For the parlor we selected a set of chairs taborets or ottomans - two settees & two small rocking chairs - of a material similar to sister Mary Anns only ours is crimson & green with window curtains to correspond. A handsome carpet which took the prize for its pattern at the worlds fair, - tables &c [et cetera] to fill up. For the library - a set of chairs - an oil cloth table & lounge. A handsome hat rack of bronze & two grates like those you saw in Columbus. For my bedrooms - carpet & matting - two handsome bedsteads a cottage couch - washstands & crockery - a wardrobe & bureau - towel racks &c [et cetera] . I tell you these as I think you would like to hear & I hope this summer you will see for yourself how nicely I will be fixed. Yes Callie I have many blessings. [unclear text: yea] comforts more than I deserve & I hope instead of vanity I feel humbled to think of my ingratitude for all the mercies so lavishly bestowed upon me. In the way of finery in the dress hue I bought but little as in addition to not needing

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it this summer - I felt it would be unwise at this time to be extravagant. For your sake I somewhat examined the fashions & saw but little change in them - light silks - tissues - & barges being principally worn & no material difference in the style of making. Marion Pickens & one or two ladies wore the vests which I have heard you speak of made in the front of their dresses some colored & some white. Large collars are again in vogue & the old shapes are coming back that is square & round. By the way, I met with a lady at the Charleston Hotel who took a great fancy to Sally & consequently won my heart. The night before I left she slipped an elegant turquoise ring upon Sallys finger & said she had discovered I was the sister of her old schoolmate Callie L. [Lumpkin] to whom she was much attached. Her name was Mrs Hale - formerly Louisa McCoo or some such name from [unclear text: Camden]. Do you remember her? Mrs Thomas & [unclear text: Eliza Dent] were also in Charleston. Mrs [unclear text: T. [Thomas] ] having a new set of teeth put in & shopping to me in a very amusing manner which you know too well for me to describe. Mrs Adam Alexander was also at the Charleston Hotel with Mr Gilmer so

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you see I had acquaintances in abundance. She looks wretchedly & her health is much worse. Clifford is to be married to [unclear text: Alfred] Poullaine soon much to the astonishment of her friends. Sarah McHenry, her mother & poor little Noel went North last week but I fear for no purpose. Serious apprehensions are felt by Sarah's friends about her mind she seems to feel this blow so much. Carry came to see me in Augusta & seems quite carried away by balls, parties, dress, &c [et cetera] . We found all quite well upon our arrival at home & little Callie whom I left the happiest & most excited to meet me you ever saw. Her first remark was - "well Ma, [unclear text: Sallie], & [unclear text: Lucy] went to Charleston - now let me go to Alabama." This seems to be the height of her aspirations. She went to hear the Campbell minstrels the other night & amused everybody by her wakefulness & loud remarks - about the music which all heard. You dont [don't] know how well she sings - & thinking the Campbells were aiming to outsing her - she kept calling for songs which she said she knew they did not know. Everybody pets & loves her so much & she is so smart. I sometimes fear another idol will be torn from me to make me remember Him who alone can never die. Poor old Mr Hancock was buried last Sunday & Mrs John [unclear text: Crawford] will probably not survive many days. We are all quite depressed just now & as you may hear it exaggerated I think it best to tell you. Lizzie Towns has the small pox caught from her Uncle Sparks Hunter who died in [unclear text: Green] & with whom she had been staying. She had been home 21 days & today Dr [Doctor] Moore had the town council called [unclear text: &] reported the case

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There is a great panic in the town & country & the schools all closed today. The students speak of leaving. Our street & the street running down to Blanton Hills & up to old Mr Carltons is barricaded & guarded & today has seemed like Sunday [unclear text: Fred] [unclear text: will] suffer to say the least of it & I think she did very wrong to come home. We will run no risks - but will leave if it becomes necessary & will keep you advised of its progress. I have written the whole truth that you may give yourself no uneasiness we are in the hands of a good god who will order all things right & best
[unclear text: So] dont [don't] [unclear text: show] this hurried scrawl & give love to all & I will write you soon

I must tell you Mary comes in to be confined in August & Tallula Taylor will be sooner.

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All send much love & many kisses to Aunty. Remember me most affectionately to brother Porter. I think it would make you quite vain to repeat to you the many praises I have

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heard of him since I wrote you from Mrs Sam Harris & others but I must stop. Sue Wiley has gone North with her father. Write soon & often. I wish I had taken a larger sheet of paper but this is large enough to sign myself as [unclear text: ever] your fond sister M [Marion]

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The Pringles have quit Dr [Doctor] Reese's & gone to Oxford to live with [unclear text: Ned]. The Dr [Doctor] could not stand the baby.