Letter: New York, [New York] to Callie [King, 185-] Jan. 3

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: New York, [New York] to Callie [King, 185-] Jan. 3
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
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New York (N.Y.)--Description and travel
New Haven (Conn.)--Description and travel
Clothing and dress--New York (State)--History--19th century
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897--Journeys--New York (State)--New York
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897--Health
Cobb, Thomas Read Rootes, 1823-1862--Journeys--New York (State)--New York
Lumpkin, Joseph Henry, 1799-1867--Journeys--New York (State)--New York
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. David Copperfield
Sontag, Henriette, 1806-1854
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, New York, New York County, New York, 40.7142691, -74.0059729
United States, Connecticut, New Haven County, New Haven, 41.3081527, -72.9281578
letters (correspondence)
Letter from January 3, 1853? 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 a trip to New York with her father and family to tend to her own health. Her illness may be due to the birth of one of her sons. She also includes news of her son's illness, fashions in New York, seeing the play David Copperfield, anticipating a performance of the operatic singer Sontag, and a visit to New Haven. Neither of her sons surrived childhood. The letter possibly refers to a son who died within six months of birth.
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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 18, document jhl0018.
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New York 3rd Jan. 185 [illegible text]
My dearest Callie -
I have intended writing to you ever since we reached here, but various reasons have made me defer it until now too numerous to mention & yet which have really been of importance to me. My dear little boy has not been well, and having a white nurse has been a source of some trouble to me as for the life of me I cannot order them about, and I look forward to my meeting with [unclear text: Fanny] with no small pleasure in thinking of the other joys of getting home again. You have doubtless heard from Pa what caused my unexpected visit here instead of to Mobile & he has I suppose also informed you why I have been compelled to remain so much longer than he did. I am glad to tell you I have improved very much and tho' [though] the doct [deleted text: er][added text: or ] ing & necessity for it has been one of the most painful events of my life, still I feel it would be wrong to regret it if I am through the goodness of God restored to my family in health which I now know would have been entirely destroyed had I delayed much longer. I will say to you Callie & it is all I can say at present I shudder when I think what my situation was becoming & I feel renewed cause for gratitude when I know how much I am relieved & I hope will [illegible text]

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And what shall I write to you about? I am a [unclear text: close] prisoner in my room and feel almost as lonely as you do on your plantation. Indeed Callie it has cost me a great struggle and several lectures from the Dr [Doctor] to make me remain [unclear text: contented] and I assure you that nothing but a strong sense of duty keeps me here. Pa whom we persuaded to accompany us I think was benefitted by the trip but Callie he is much changed from what he once was. His mind seems wholly occupied with his children & nothing excites him much which does not concern them. [unclear text: Eddy] too came with us & really worried Pa - he became so homesick and tired of city life. He is a noble boy and my babe is so much like him it attaches me still more to him. Pa was anxious for him to remain with us - & he most kindly told me if it would cheer me he would do so willingly but I would not press it upon him. I felt his & Pa's absence very much and made myself quite sick when they first left grieving about it. Since then my letters from home & my improvement have cheered me up & I bear it much better. [unclear text: New] York Callie does not seem to me what it did when I was here before & I can scarcely realize it has been so long ago. Marion & [unclear text: Alida] visit me daily and are very kind. With all of my ill health they are more changed than I am & I know you will not think it vanity when I say look older

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Mr Cobb is much pleased with N. [New] York & enjoys sight seeing & law books here wonderfully. We had several good jokes upon Ed & himself & I now laugh sometimes at his mistakes. But you know his disposition never to yield his own opinion of things & consequently he is never embarrassed. New Years he called upon Marion & [unclear text: Alida] & drank chocolate & cake with them a new thing to him which he did not much fancy. I see very little which is new in the way of fashions. Solid colors especially blue, brown & green are much worn - & the velvet trimming as I wrote you from home. Open or flowing sleeves or the old fashioned mutton leg plaited down in box plaits at the top & at the hand are much in vogue. Large collars & worked ruffles & belts - also strike me somewhat. The hair worn [illegible text] of the face & the old fashioned knot which strikes me exactly. Black velvet [unclear text: sacques] made vest style are pretty & in great use. So much for the fashions. I went to New Haven & found also there time had produced many changes. Upon old Mrs [unclear text: Apthorpe] it had laid its hand most heavily - and I felt almost sorry as it has changed the spirit of my dreams which I have ever had of since I last saw her. We met Mr [unclear text: Thatcher] who is much improved both in manner & appearance. His wife

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& [unclear text: Miss Applia Thatcher] came to see us & told us they were very uneasy about Gabriellas mind. She had received a blow upon the top of her head last summer & they thought it would [unclear text: prove] more serious than they at first apprehended. Mr Cobb was disappointed at Niblo's but enjoys Burton's theatre very much where I went with Pa & saw David Copperfield acted the only time I have been out. Sontag is to be at Niblo's next week & I feel quite anxious to see her if I can go. I hope to be able to leave for home next week but cannot tell yet. I long to see my little darlings and Ma again & dread the trip very much. I was very sea sick coming on. Your letters home have been sent to us & I thank you for your kind wishes for me to be with you. I would have enjoyed it more under other circumstances & still have it in reserve for a more convenient season to make you a visit - when I hope to be well & hearty & enjoy it. I feel anxious to see [unclear text: Ma again] as her health is not firm & I always feel anxious about her. Do write to me & don't feel put out with my dull letter. It is [unclear text: difficult] for me to write here but I felt as if I must write you if it were only to tell you I think often of you and feel anxious to hear from you often. You must direct your letter to Athens as I trust I shall soon be there. Give my love to brother Porter and accept much yourself from Mr Cobb. He has quite broken himself down today visiting the shipping &c [et cetera] - I feel quite badly keeping him from his business but as I believe it is now or never I have believed it right to do so. Goodnight dear Callie. God bless & protect you is the fervent wish of your sister

[Signed] Marion