Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie [King, Athens, Georgia], 1855 Oct. 12

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie [King, Athens, Georgia], 1855 Oct. 12
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Domestic life
Dwellings--Maintenance and repair
Plantation life
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Alabama, 32.75041, -86.75026
letters (correspondence)
From Marion Alabama, Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature, writes a letter dated October 12, 1855 to his wife Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin, who is in Athens, Georgia. In it, King tells his wife he is excited over their upcoming reunion and also very anxious to see their infant son. King, as he informs his wife, has made some modifications at home. He had Callie's room painted and had a pebble walk installed in their yard. He also tells Callie that everyone there misses her. Along with other local news, Rufus Reid, King reports, is headed to Selma to reunite with his wife.
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 59, document jhl0059.
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Hargrett Library

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Friday night Oct [October] 12th/ 55 [1855]
My dear Callie,
I write you just to say that I am well and spirits buoyant at the prospect of starting for my wife and baby on Sunday morning -- I had intended waiting for the stage on Sunday night but feared the night air might bring on chills -- Rufus Reid and myself take a hack to Selma -- he to see his darling, I my darlings -- he will bring his wife home with him, I wife and baby -- I believe I wrote you of Selina Jones and Dr [Doctor] Perrys [Perry's] marriage -- Miss Harris & -- Bragg (one of the [illegible text] Howard students) were married yestarday [yesterday] morning -- Prof [Professor] Schmidt and Lady returned a day or two since -- I think our house will be ready by the time we reach home -- they are putting the last coat of paint on your room to-day [today] -- It looks nice I do assure you, but not quite nice enough for Callie -- I have stuck to the workmen closely this week Steve has nearly finished the gravel walk, I hope it will suit 'Missus" I thought to-day [today], what fine sport our boy would have throwing rocks at

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the passersby and how Ma would twig him out for it -- daily inquiries are made "when is Callie coming, when is Mrs King coming home" Every body [Everybody] seems anxious to see you and the boy -- I expect to be with you on Tuesday night & leave for home on Thursday morning --
Kiss my son a thousand times and believe me as ever fondly your

[Signed] Porter