Letter: Marion, [Alabama] to [Callie King], 1856 Oct. 23

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Marion, [Alabama] to [Callie King], 1856 Oct. 23
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Domestic life
Plantation life
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
King, Joseph Henry--Health
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 October 23, 1856 from Marion, Alabama to his wife Callie, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin, who is in Athens with their son Joseph during Joseph's illness. Reading Callie's most recent letter, King has learned that the health of their son Joseph is improving, and he is delighted. King tells Callie that Dr. Bates is away so she should call on Dr. Moore if she needs him. In addition, King states that Aunt Ruthy and many other friends have expressed their concern for Callie and Joseph.
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 64, document jhl0064.
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Wednesday night

Marion Oct. [October] 23rd 1856
My dearest wife,

Your letter bringing the cheering intelligence of our darling'is [darling's] improvement, the first news I have rec'd [received] since we parted, came this evening tis [it is] as early as I expected, in fact the mail could not come through quicker -- I have put off writing you till [until] this late hour hoping to see Dr [Doctor] Bates and have just learned from [unclear text: Whitsets] that the Dr. [Doctor] will not return from his plantation to-night [tonight] -- If Joe does not improve had you not best consult Dr Moore? I think you had -- I am afraid you are influenced by my great aversion to physic to prevent your doing as you think best -- I have every confidence in the judgment of my wife and insist on her acting upon it -- I will however see Dr. [Doctor] Bates and from your minute "diagnosis" (I believe thats [that's] the word ) he can almost see the patient -- Your letter is exactly the kind I like about my darlings -- While at supper at Sisters Bob [unclear text: Goree] sent for Lucy and Mary [unclear text: Jim] to see Carry -- she is looking out soon for squalls --

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I saw Earwin in town to-day [today] -- little Callie has recovered -- family pretty well -- I called at Aunt Ruthy's as I came up this morning -- she expressed great sympathy for you and asked most affectionately about Muggy and Lid and in fact about you all --

My House, not home, is mighty lonely I sleep there, take breakfast and dine and tea about -- I do miss my darlings so much and long for court to be over --

More than a hundred friends have inquired most kindly about you and little man --

Good night my own beloved wife kiss my son and believe me truly

Your devoted

[Signed] Porter

I have written you three letters