Letter: to Porter [King], [1853-1856? no month] 12

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: to Porter [King], [1853-1856? no month] 12
Gerdine, Lucy, 1823-1856
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Postnatal care
Mothers--Southern States--Health and hygiene
Domestic life
King, Callie, 1826-1905--Health
King, Porter, 1824-1890
United States, Southern States, 35.8176689, -78.6268927103715
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
Letter probably written between 1853-1856 from Lucy Lumpkin Gerdine, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin and sister of Callie Lumpkin King, to Porter King, lawyer, judge, Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature and Callie's husband. Lucy pleads with Porter to come to Athens, Georgia with Callie so that Callie can recover from the [loss?] of her baby.
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
6 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 36, document jhl0036.
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Hargrett Library

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My dear brother Porter --
Time and again have I written to my dear sister & yourself, and receiving no letter from either of you, I knew not what to think of it, till to day [today] my father sent me your letter written to Athens, & my dear sister, telling them hers & her babes [babe's] situation, and my heart reproached me for feeling hurt with my dear sister & she so to be pitied, & now though most of persons would desire sleep, I feel that I cannot close my eyes without writing you; dear brother Porter I never loved you better than when I read your letter speaking of my sister as you did & she dear one deserves it all, but pardon a sisters [sister's] love if I write plainly & freely to you, from your own letter dear brother I am forced to believe that you will be compelled however dear she may be to you to give up that loved one if direct & prompt measures are not taken -- My father when I got to Georgia expressed all his fears to me about dear Callie, he told me of your fond love for her, & yet it was his firm conviction that young and inexperienced as she was and so far from any female relation that she would break [unclear text: down] her feeble self, so he said

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then, so he has ever said & felt, & could you have seen that dear old man, when I asked him why he did not tell you this & beg you for a time at least to leave her if you could not stay with her so that ma might take the trouble off of her of [unclear text: nursing], I say could you have seen that dear old father weep & tell me "Lucy, I feared to ask Porter so great a favor, not that he was not kind & yielding to my wishes, still I feared he would think me unreasonable, so I dared not, had it have been [unclear text: Joe] or [unclear text: Will] with either of his sisters, I should have promptly said, you shall not carry your wife off with no one to nurse her & her babe, to a lone plantation to die but so I could not nor would not speak to Porter" but now dear brother my father is miserable -- I may lose your kind good [unclear text: feelings which] I felt I had gained by writing you plainly but I feel it my duty & I feel realy [really] that I could not take that liberty did I love you less or feel less free & easy with you & I feel that perhaps the day may come round when you will thank rather than blame my freedom -- now dear brother, I write to beg to ask as a great favor to us all, as well as love to your wife, to beg you

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to take my dear sister; your precious wife to Georgia for a while at least, as none of the family has any idea I have written you this, but oh how glad would they be & I know that my dear old mother & father would [unclear text: bless], and thank this son for such kindness to them I know Callie well dear brother & I know unless you, use determination her feelings as a wife being deeper than any other she will never consent to go much less propose it herself unless you tell her she must, her love [added text: for] you dear brother is too deep & strong for her to do anything but what she at least supposes to be your wishes -- if you dont [don't] carry her to Georgia bring her here, carry her some where [somewhere], this water would be fine for her & oh how tenderly I would help you to nurse her, she could not live so well as at home but we have plenty to eat & pretty good -- As my father loves you both as he does I often wish you would go to Athens & live, you could visit your plantation often its [it's] so easy now, & then you could add I [unclear text: verily] believe to my fathers [father's] life, & health by your company & your love and attention to him, for I know his heart & I know he loves you both tenderly, & no persuasion can induce him to give up the [unclear text: lot] that [unclear text: you've]

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in the fond but faint hope that you will occupy it -- now do dear brother let me beg you to do something to restore dear Callies [Callie's]health ere [before] its [it's] too late, I know its [it's] not a want of inclination on your part; but I have been along there & though I say it myself, my husband now feels so himself that my nursing and worrying with my baby was killing me, & that travelling improved both me & her, & she is now a fine fat healthy child -- & as Mr. G [Gerdine] started from home on my account he now is truly glad -- Dont [Don't] feel hurt with me I write & speak plainly [illegible text] only to those I love sincerly [sincerely] & I do assure you, think otherwise as you may I would write this plainly to but few others but I do feel some thing must be done & that speedily for my dear sister or her health at least will be forever gone -- I know she will have to be almost forced to it I was but now I am glad, as when my husband needs me I am able to do for him -- he improves very fast indeed but I am afraid to [unclear text: leave] here with him yet, I dont [don't] dare to speak of my anxiety to see my children -- I would write more but its [it's] late and my eyes ache me -- [unclear text: Do love] & understand me dear brother its [it's] all I ask --

With a kiss to the little darling &

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fond love to your self & my darling sister dear brother & hoping I may soon hear you are in Athens or gone some where [somewhere] for my sisters [sister's] health I remain your affectionate sister
[Signed] Lucy --

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[unclear text: Written in a hurry]