Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie [King], 1856 Oct. 28

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie [King], 1856 Oct. 28
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Goree family
Domestic life
Presidents--United States--Election--1856
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
United States--Politics and government--1853-1857
Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874
Goree, Sarah
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 28, 1856 from Marion, Alabama, to his wife Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. In his letter, King expresses his longing for her and their son Joseph, whose health is improving. He goes on to tell his wife that he dined with his sister, Sarah King Goree, who had just returned from Greensboro, Alabama, where she had been visiting Bob Goree and his sick wife. King also dined the night before with Colonel William L. Yancey, Alabama delegate to the 1856 Democratic Convention. Additionally, King comments that he thinks that Millard Fillmore, the Know Nothing or American party candidate, will win the upcoming presidential election. The Know Nothing party was an antiforeign, anti-Roman Catholic political organization.
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 66, document jhl0066.
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Hargrett Library

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Tuesday night . Oct. [October] 28th 1856
My dearest Callie,
Again this evening did I anxiously watch the approach of the stage, hoping to receive intelligence from my darlings -- the trifling post masters I feel assured have detained your epistles of love, so much needed by me -- My dear wife, I do love you so supremely my heart longs for you -- what wouldn't I give this night to press dear Callie to the bosom that beats so [unclear text: waverly], so enthusiastically so devotedly for her -- My dear boy how is he, has he forgotten his pa, how does he amuse himself? Tell me all his smart tricks -- I do love so much to receive just such letters as you write -- I took tea at Sis Sarah's this evening she has just returned from Greensboro and Bob G's [Goree's] all well in G.boro [Greensboro] -- Bob's wifes [wife is] better, though quite sick yet . [illegible text] writes very enthusiastically about you all, a letter was received from her this evening --

I am much pleased with our presiding judge, Shorter law and politics all the rage -- I made a short talk after [unclear text: court] to-day [today] my friends seemed pleased

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I have heard nothing new. -- several of our town folks speak of attending the fair at Montgomery next week --
I dined yesterday with Col [Colonel] Yancey at Mrs Brooks, with several of the [unclear text: Democracy] -- he spent the night at [unclear text: father's] -- I had to prepare for to-day's [today's] work and did not go down with him -- As to politics, I think, this state will vote for B & B [Buck and Brien] by 15000 majority -- this [unclear text: county] for Fillmore by. 75 [illegible text] 100 majority --

Write me fully about yourself and Joe -- I often wish there was a telegraph between the two places -- our hearts, my darling, are in constant connection and pulsate in unison, without the aid of wires, and thyy [they] beat love, love -- Kiss my boy, my noble boy and believe me as ever

Your fondly attached husband

[Signed] Porter --