Letter: to Callie [King], Athens, [Georgia], 1856 Oct. 19

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: to Callie [King], Athens, [Georgia], 1856 Oct. 19
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Domestic life
Infants--Health and hygiene
King, Porter, 1824-1890--Journeys
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Alabama, 32.75041, -86.75026
letters (correspondence)
On October 19, 1856, while travelling in a stagecoach to Selma, Alabama, Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature, writes a letter to his wife Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. King expresses his concern for their son Joseph. Callie and Joseph are in Athens, Georgia during Joseph's illness. King reports that while on his travels, he met Miss Nelson and Mr. and Mrs. Price in [Union Point, Georgia?], and that they will continue together on the stage to Selma.
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
2 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 62, document jhl0062.
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Hargrett Library

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Sunday Oct [October] 19th 1856
My dearest Callie,
I reached Montgy [Montgomery] this morning after the most disagreeable night's ride I ever had -- seven cars full of -- from the Atlanta meeting, drunk, noisy &c [et cetera] On getting out of the car at West point to change over I was thoroughly chilled -- but worse than all my heart was in Athens with Callie and Joe -- never dearest wife [deleted text: I] have I left you with so sad a heart never have I so longed to be with you to love you, to aid you in watching and nursing our dear little boy -- I have strong hope he will recover God grant my hopes may be realized -- I feel that Joe will be better nursed without me than with me, but I think I could aid and relieve you more than any one else --

I see from a Marion paper that [unclear text: Joddan] the P. M [Prime Minister] is dead -- that

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Judge [illegible text] & son of Mobile were drowned in the bay whilst fishing --
I met with Mr & Mrs Price & Miss Nelson of the Canebrake at Union Point, also Elliott & family of Eutaw, we all take the stage in a few minutes for Selma -- I dread the river -- the river is still down, there having been no rain since we passed through --

I have staid [stayed] in my room all day trying to rest, but my mind has been with my darlings --

Be of good cheer, dearest -- write daily to him who loves you with his entire heart --

devotedly your
[Signed] Porter --