Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie [King], Athens, [Georgia], 1853 Mar. [no day]

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie [King], Athens, [Georgia], 1853 Mar. [no day]
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Domestic life
Plantation life
Pregnant women
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Alabama, 32.75041, -86.75026
letters (correspondence)
Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature, writes a letter dated March 1, 1853 to his pregnant wife Callie King, the daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin, who is in Athens, Georgia. In his letter, King tells his wife that he loves and misses her. King also thanks Callie for her letters and asks about their son Paul. Talking about their unborn child, King tells her that he hopes that it will be a girl. King informs her that he is still ditching around the plantation and that he is going to dine with Thomas Walthall later in the day.
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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 55, document jhl0055.
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Hargrett Library

Page: [1] Tuesday night [illegible text] March / 53 [1853]
My dear Callie,

Though I am a good deal fatigued to night [tonight] still I will not permit the opportunity to pass of thanking you, my sweet love, for your two most welcome letters, in one envelope; received on last night -- t'was [it was] only in the morning I was complaining of the mails, I regret having complained that time -- but dear wife how did I know the little fellow would bring me so precious a mail? You know too darling, the inconvenience of not having a daily mail -- Dear Callie t'was [it was] the sweetest letter you ever penned and that is saying a great deal -- I know you do love me, my dear wife could you but know how sincerely and ardently tis [it is] returned with my whole heart I love my Callie -- dearest wife I never fully realized before our painful separation how absolutely necessary you were to my happiness -- You are ever present to my mind -- sleeping or waking, darling little Callie is before me -- to day [today], whilst engaged in hill side [hillside] ditching, my thoughts had wandered from the Levee to Athens, Mr Fitz had twice to speak to me to break the spell -- now this moment my eyes will wander from the paper to the little rocking chair, you used to adorn -- I go into the store room every morning to look at the future resting place of our dear little one and imagine Callie, rocking and singing lulla -- bies [lullabies] -- turn, where I will, engage at what I may, thy dear form is ever present -- Sweet love I do adore you --

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Wednesday morning --

In order to have this at the road in time, I can merely say that all are well -- I slept very, very late this morning, later than I have since I came home I feel quite well & refreshed after my long nap -- I expect to-day [today] to dine with Thos [Thomas] W. [Walthall] and spend the night with L. N. W. -- Sweet Callie, I wish so much you were here this bright morning to walk into the garden, leaning on the arm of him who loves you so tenderly -- darling we would stop every now & then and take a few dozen kisses would'nt [wouldn't] we?

How does our precious little one, don't [unclear text: he] seem impatient to join his Pa in his excursion into the farm, to ditches &c [et cetera] -- I anticipate a great deal of pleasure in having him accompany me and then to hear the little fellow boast of his great & daring feats in making his pony jump ditches &c [et cetera] while his admiring Ma sits all wrapt [wrapped] in her noble boy -- With delight, I see in the future, my bright eyed daughter, making the fireside happy and cheerful with her merry laughs and calling forth the deepest & tenderest affection of her Pa, her resemblance to her Ma is so striking Sweet love I must stop -- Remember me kindly to all I look confidently this evening for a love letter --

Dearest Callie good-bye, think often of
your devoted

[Signed] Porter