Letter: to Callie [King, 1852 or 1853?]

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: to Callie [King, 1852 or 1853?]
Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
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Postnatal care
Mothers--Southern States--Health and hygiene
Lumpkin family
Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Domestic life
Lumpkin, James M.--Journeys--Denmark
King, Callie, 1826-1905
Denmark, 56.0, 10.0
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
United States, Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434
letters (correspondence)
Undated letter, possibly from 1852 or 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 her health after her recent childbirth. She informs King that the child of their acquaintance Mary Gresham has died suddenly. Many in the Lumpkin family are ill. Cobb also provides information on other friends in Athens including the LeConte family and mentions that their brother James Lumpkin is in Christiana, Denmark.
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 20, document jhl0020.
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Hargrett Library
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My dearest sister -
We received your anxiously expected letter in which you announce the welcome intelligence of the baby's being somewhat better- I assure you we fully sympathized with your joy on her account & yet our joy - was turned into sorrow when we read your melancholy account of yourself. God grant that your little one may still improve - and may he soon restore you to your wonted health & strength. But Callie if he should so ordain it that you must still pass through a fiery trial may he also give you strength which shall prove sufficient for you in your day of need. And that he will do so I cannot doubt. Through much tribulation we are to enter the kingdom - & every child whom God loveth he not only chasteneth but scourgeth. Oh this is a sweet - consoling thought in sickness - sorrow or death - to think that God so loveth us - poor worms - as to take us us [us] as a father & prepare us even by the rod - for that rest - where trials & sufferings will be no more necessary for us. When we view it as we ought to is it not a great mercy to have our little lambs so soon sheltered from every rude blast and storm where our own aching hearts long to rest - in the Redeemers breast -

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What a world of sorrow this is. I dont [don't] know when my heart has felt so keenly as for poor Mary Gresham - When with her in New York she was constantly speaking to me of her baby her "brag boy" -- The last words she said to me weeping on my shoulder were -- "when you reach home - send for him & smother him with kisses But he was beyond my reach - Jesus in a few short hours sickness had called him home - & today her husband will reach NY [New York] with the first news of his sudden death - Is it not sad - is it not strange - And yet Callie it is right - God doeth all things well - His father had just reached here in the stage - & Mrs Baxter had taken the little fellow in her arms to meet him - On returning to the house she saw that he was spasmed & he lived only a few hours - Will not Mary [unclear text: envy] you the comfort you have had in nursing your precious child - We have much sickness about [deleted text: you] [added text: here] - chiefly diarrhoea [diarrhea] - [unclear text: Willy] - myself & [unclear text: Fanny] have had it quite severely & also Lucy - We are now all over it but Frank is quite sick we think with something like a typhoid attack brought on by [unclear text: jumping] a great deal at school - He is not at all dangerous but he and Margaret being sick at the same time and Muggie's & [unclear text: Lids] babies not being very well keeps Ma very anxious & busy - All are better today & I hope will

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soon be well - Pa has had such a siege at Decatur - he is far from being well - & he is so unhappy about you - His letters are filled with love & sympathy for you - & he will be much relieved to hear the baby is better - John reached home last night - and Brother Howells family will be here in a few days - Mattie is busy preparing for her wedding next month which owing to the situation of the family will be in the morning - & she will leave for Carolina Mary is to be here next week - John Thomas is to be married tomorrow night & Eliza Dent goes North with Batavia & himself - The Hills have all gone - Tom Wrays family went on with Minerva Winstead when she was married - You dont [don't] know what elegant presents of silver she received from the Thomas' & old Col. [Colonel] Hamilton - Virginia Fulton looks so faded & dejected - & he looks wretchedly I suppose you have seen the death of Marion Pickens - She died with consumption Jane Billups has sent to Miss Bailey for her wedding finery & Gen. [General] [unclear text: Taylor] will open his new house on the occasion - Tallulah Taylors child is very ill - & she is expecting to be confined again shortly - I went to see Matilda Dunwoody yesterday - she is looking as white as a ghost - & thinks she is the most wonderful mother & has the most wonderful child living - I went also to see Julia Croome &

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Henrietta Hughes (Moore) both of whom are much worsted by chills which they have had - Julia still has them but Henrietta has cured hers she says by taking a large dose of Quinine in [unclear text: brandy] enough to make her drunk just before the chill comes on - Ma says she has seen this cure once or twice succeed wonderfully - Lizzy [unclear text: Craig] is now North and a great belle - Sally [unclear text: Winston] is out wonderfully and is very thick with [unclear text: me] Mrs Le Conte goes north next month - indeed everybody here is bound for the north [unclear text: who] is in the least able to go - Rebecca Harris [unclear text: (Hobbs)] left for the west yesterday and Mary [unclear text: Bach] is here with her sixth child looking as well as I ever saw [added text: her] - Mrs [unclear text: Camak] & Anna [unclear text: visit] as much as ever and have treated me [unclear text: with] great cordiality. Joe Wilkin's [Wilkins] has just left with his wife - one of the sweetest looking ladies I ever saw - We had a long letter from Jimmie yesterday from [unclear text: Christiania] . The cholera is still raging in [unclear text: Copenhagen] & he did not know when they would get home - Well Callie I have tried to write all of the on dits but they are rather [unclear text: uninteresting] I wrote chiefly to assure you of our sympathy for you and brother Porter - You must not mind what Pa writes - he is so excited - He knows it was brother Porters love which prompted him to take you out but he thinks it was a mistaken idea to move you at the season of the year [unclear text: Callie] I know Pa does not intend to make either feel badly for I assure you your [unclear text: visit] has not only increased his attachment to you if it could be but made him very fond of Porter

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All send much love to you both & many kind remembrances to those who have been so kind to you - Ma wishes so much you were here for her to nurse you - I intended to tell you about the children Callie especially but I must close - God bless & preserve you my dear sister & shield you from all harm is the fond prayer of your sister

[Signed] Marion