Letter: Marion, [Alabama] to [Callie King], 1856 Oct. 26

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Marion, [Alabama] to [Callie King], 1856 Oct. 26
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Child slaves--Health and hygiene
Crop insurance
Domestic life
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
United States--Politics and government--1853-1857
Clay, C. C. (Clement Claiborne), 1816-1882
King, Joseph Henry--Health
Yancey, William Lowndes, 1814-1863
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, 39.76, -98.5
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 26, 1856 from Marion, Alabama to his wife Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. King expresses his delight that the health of their son, Joseph Henry King, has improved. He informs Callie that he thinks he should have their cotton crop insured, as there has not been any rain since she left for Athens, and that his overseer is leaving and a new one is beginning next week. He tells Callie that L. Eliza, their slave, lost her baby. Then King reports that he attended a political rally of two to three thousand people in Uniontown, Alabama. The speakers included U.S. Senator Clement Claiborne Clay, Alabama delegate to the 1856 Democratic National Convention, and William L. Yancey. King agreed with the sentiments of the orators.
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
4 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 65, document jhl0065.
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Marion Sunday Evening - Oct [October] 26th/56 [1856]
My dearest wife,
I have just returned from Cousin Mary Ann's where I dined and coming by the post office was exhilarated by the cheering news from my darling and Joe has got to be a goober [unclear text: merchant] God bless his little soul how [unclear text: turned] delight my heart to have seen him on that wagon -- thats [that's] right, keep him out doors [outdoors] , exercise in the open air is the thing for him. I read your first letter to Dr [Doctor] Bates, who says "give as little medicine as possible, dress him warm in flannels and that you must ride him to some good spring and give him a little water fresh from the fountain -- he thinks Joe will soon begin to improve" he sends kind regards to you, Ma and [unclear text: Jim] -- he seemed delighted when I read him your note this evening about little Joe's [unclear text: pea-nut] [illegible text]

I returned last night from the Canebrake -- all well, little Eliza had loss [lost] her baby -- Crop short, I think my crop will reach 205 to 210 Bales the river is so low that it is impossible

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to ship a bale -- I have written to Mobile to have my cotton insured -- don't you think it best? Robinson leaves me next week, my new overseer sits in thurs [Thursday] 'tis [it is] an unnatural arrangement -- I attended a mass meeting of the Democracy at Uniontown and heard Mr. Yancey and Senator C. C. Clay and others -- some two to three thousand people present -- a large number of elegant ladies Mrs. Phelan, Brooks, Blassengame, Tinsey, Price, Munge, Harrison, &c. [et cetera] Mr. Yancey speaks here tomorrow, it being the first day of court -- We are jubilant over the Pennsylvania elections -- Tell [unclear text: Jim] to be of brave heart, the Democracy will save the country [deleted text: over] in spite of Fillmorians and Fremonters and save them too. I have been so very busy with my business that I have not even made a " few remarks" in fact I haven't had the heart, but now my darlings are better I may probably some night of court make a few -- business however first Father went down with me, [unclear text: he] was like his former self, Kind and affectionate -- he talked much and so sympathisingly [sympathetically] about you and Joe -- [unclear text: it] really gladdens my heart -- I stayed at his house last night -- old [illegible text]

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kind but disgusting -- she goes to Florida next week by way of the Montgy [Montgomery] fair Sis Sarah is out at Bob Goree's or [unclear text: Sal's] Aunt Ruthy went out to Jno. [John] Walthalls [Walthall's] on Friday evening and has not yet returned --
Think not darling that I am annoyed by suggestions about home affairs, I am delighted thereas and shall adopt them, some at [unclear text: least] -- I have had the butter beans gathered last week -- tis [it is] too dry to touch the strawberrys [strawberries], not one drop of rain since you left the dust, the dust -- If I was only with you now, you would hear hawking, the dust having given me a desperate cold --

How delighted, this blessed Sunny day, to be with my darlings -- you know not how I do love you, how necessary you are to my happiness -- God grant we may be long spared to make happy one another -- Kiss my noble boy a thousand times for --

Your devoted husband
[Signed] Porter
In compliance with my promise I went to church this forenoon -- Kind remembrances to all --

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Have you an Almanac? No date to your last two letters --