Letter: to Callie [King, 1853] Feb. 8

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: to Callie [King, 1853] Feb. 8
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Inheritance and succession--United States
Railroads--Southern States--Design and construction
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, 39.76, -98.5
United States, Alabama, 32.75041, -86.75026
United States, Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434
love letters
letters (correspondence)
Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature, writes a love letter dated February 8, 1853 to his wife in Athens, Georgia, Callie Lumpkin King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. He states that he is quite lonely without her. He informs her that he is trying to settle an estate but may have to wait for another four months due to a recent Supreme Court decision in a similar case. He also writes about his dog, Cora and that Marion, Alabama looks forward to having a railroad built. He mentions flooding from heavy rains, and reports that all family members are doing fine.
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
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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 45, document jhl0045.
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Tuesday night, Feby [February] 8.th
My dear Callie,
How lonely I feel sitting here in our room you may imagine, but I hope may never experience -- I never fully knew, my darling, how entirely you were the life & light of every thing on the place. I reached home this evening about sundown -- found all well -- no sickness of any moment while I was absent -- unto Caroline there was born a son on the 4th -- The negroes have all been to the house to see me and enquire [inquire] after mistress & Sarah -- the creatures seemed delighted to see me and to learn that you were well -- Their countenances showed their joy -- Catherine told me your poultry &c [et cetera] are doing well -- I walked into the garden so that I might write you, The peas are up -- strawberries grown some -- didn't go into the flower garden -- leave that for my next walk & letter -- [illegible text] has nearly finished Fitz house -- I have given you, sweet Callie, all the home news I have learned -- I will go into the field tomorrow & see how they have gone ahead -- Fitz has had no difficulty with the negroes -- Now my little comforter, if I had you & him by my side, I would be perfectly happy -- the separation

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I have no doubt is for your benefit, otherwise we would never have submitted to it, would we, my darling? Callie, have you any conception how much I love you, how I idolize, how I adore you? You pretty, good, smart, lovely, you perfection -- what makes me love you so? On leaving Athens, I met with a Mr & Mrs Hull in the cars, They were very polite and attentive asked very kindly after you -- nothing of interest occurred between Atlanta & Lagrane [Lagrange] at Lagrange I was put in a coach with three hoosiers -- a man & his wife & a Tennessean I laid down on the back seat and tried to sleep -- but every jolt would make me grab for my darling, but disappointment seemed mocked me. Callie you thought that I was much fatigued by holding you, I would have been willing to have had my old shoulder beat blue, if [deleted text: [illegible text] ] my arm could have pressed precious Callie to my breast On reaching Montgomery, I found a boat, the Fashion, just ready to sail -- 'twas [it was] raining and dark, so I thought the stage would be very uncomfortable & consequently took passage on the boat -- at daylight I was much surprised to find myself only ten

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miles from Montgomery, instead of at Selma -- We did not reach Selma till [until] Saturday night -- the heavy rains had so swollen the creeks that neither the Marion or Montgomery stages came in -- the passengers in the Marion stage had to camp in a creek swamp waiting for the water to abate -- the stage from Marion did not reach Selma till [until] late in the afternoon -- I left Selma about six A'clock [O'clock] Sunday evening, the only passenger, and reached father's about midnight -- how continually I wished for Callie to keep me alive -- I found all well at father's -- Mug & [unclear text: Lid ] both there -- were you not surprised to see Joe with Will? little Annie is fatter than your Ma -- she is getting to be very interesting -- father's well borer is about to make a failure, I think he will quit -- he has been boring two weeks and has gone only some 30 or 40 feet!!! I went to Marion on Monday, hoping to settle my administration of [unclear text: Sloan's] estate, but found

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that the Supreme Court had reversed a case that will probably make it necessary for me to wait some 3 or 4 months -- well there is no harm done -- I dined at Sis [Sister] Sarah's all well -- They inquired very specially after you -- I left father's this morning, came by Marion for no other reason, than to get a letter from sweet Callie, but I was disappointed -- I know, dear wife, you have written but that I am deprived of the pleasure by high water -- I shall confidently expect to get it tomorrow -- You must write me, my dear Callie, 3 times every week -- just think how lonely I am, so far away from my darling, now won't you write and not wait for a letter from me? Don't be uneasy about me at all, if I am the slightes [slightest] unwell I will write you -- now my wife if you feel unwell write me & I will fly to your side -- I wrote a short note from Selma did you get it? The people of Marion are much elated at the idea of having a rail road [railroad], I now believe they will build it -- Dont [Don't] you wish they would finish it before we have to travel

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I saw Col. [unclear text: Lea] and delivered Mrs Cobb's letter -- he looked very well -- his cheeks were very rosy -- he told me, all were well Lucy is in Woodville -- Col. L thinks Lucy has married extraordinarily well, that he has a model son in Law --
I found a letter to you from your sister Lucy, which I enclose -- also a package with a note in it, the note I send -- The socks I will bring -- I send you Pleasants note about the what-do-ye-call-it -- do you want me to bring it? I believe you told me to bring it --

My little dog Cora was a heap of trouble -- Every body [Everybody] wanted to see the Shanghai dog & each one discovered something peculiar about her -- two darkies had a fight about her on the boat -- I left her at father's, will send for her in the morning -- little Annie was perfectly delighted with the puppy, [unclear text: nursed] & kissed it nearly to death -- I received a letter from Julia Jones, thanking me for the ear rings [earrings] -- I would send it, but can't now lay my hands on it -- will find it by my next --

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I stopped at Thos. [Thomas] Walthalls [Walthall's] as I came home -- he was not at home -- the Ladies expressed great joy at seeing me and learning that Mrs King my darling little wife, had reached her destination in safety -- They are sincere friends Callie and warmly attached to you -- Mrs P told me to say to you that she would expect a letter very soon -- Callie you ought to write to her -- don't you think so? -- They pressed me to stay all night, almost importuned, I told them I must go home and write to my wife -- that t'would [it would] afford me pleasure to comply with their wishes, but a still higher one to commune with my love Did'nt [Didn't] I do right to go home? --
Tis [It is] growing late -- good-bye my charming, adored Callie and write soon to your devoted

[Signed] Porter
Wednesday morning -- all well -- I shall hang the meat to-day [today] -- I have just eat [eaten] breakfast and every thing [everything] was mighty poor because my darling did'nt [didn't] have it prepared -- Recollect Callie how important it is for you to be cheerful, also your promise to me that you would be so -- My wife, good bye [good-bye] -- Your devoted
[Signed] Porter