Letter: Marion, [Alabama] to Callie [King], 1856 Nov. 5

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Marion, [Alabama] to Callie [King], 1856 Nov. 5
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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African American criminals
Domestic life
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
Alabama--Politics and government--To 1865
United States--Politics and government--1853-1857
American party
Brooks, William McLin
Garrott, Isham Warren, 1816-1863
Reid, Rufus
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, 39.76, -98.5
United States, Alabama, 32.75041, -86.75026
letters (correspondence)
From Marion, Alabama, Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative in the Alabama legislature, writes a letter dated November 5, 1856 to his wife Callie King, the daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. He informs her that he and his friends are celebrating the decreased number of votes for the Know-Nothing Party in the county, and the election of James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge, the Democrats who won the Presidential election of 1856. He gives Callie the statistics from the previous year's elections and tells her that he is happy because the Know-Nothings, an antiforeign, anti-Roman Catholic political organization also known as the American Party, seem to be losing popularity with the American people. Appointed by the court along with Rufus Reid to represent the state in a case involving an African American, King tells Callie that he fears the man will be hanged. He reports that they will meet tonight in consultation for the case, which is coming up in the morning and that the opposing team, Garrote and Brooks, were dismayed that he and Reid were appointed for this particular case. Additionally, King expresses happiness in the continuing recovery of their son, Joseph Henry King.
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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 69, document jhl0069.
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Marion Nov. [November] 5th 1856
My dear Callie,
While my party friends are making the [illegible text] [unclear text: sing] with the shouts of victory, I have stolen off to thank my little darling for her most refreshing letter of the 30th Ult, the first dated one I feel almost compensated for the loss of your dear society in learning of little Joe's improvements -- I now entertain strong hopes of his recovery and can almost see the little fellow "toddling about" after me -- the election passed off very quietly, though spiritedly on yesterday -- Contrary to all expectation we carried this box by a majority of twenty four, last year we were beaten here by a majority of one hundred and thirty -- Last year this country went for the K. N. [ Know-Nothings] par[added text: t]y [party] by 410 majority, this election has reduced it to 16 -- Our friends are all exultant, the other side disheartened and dejected -- Dallas has gone for Buck & Brien

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Say to him that Drs. [Doctors] Barron, England & Hershable all voted right --
On yesterday amidst all the noise and confusion, could be heard the solemn tolling of the funeral bell -- Jack [illegible text] had lost his only son -- Poor man how I sympathise [sympathize] with him, his affliction reopened the wounds of my own heart

I am having Steve plow the yard for the purpose of sowing rye -- I had your [unclear text: Autumn's] concord last night, is turning very cold after the rain -- I have to meet Rufus Reid in consultation tonight about a negro we are to prosecute tomorrow, I fear we will hang him Royston owning his wife declines and the Court appointed Reid & myself to represent the State -- Garrote regrets very much my appointment, he thought he stood some chance -- I have another flat boat case, which I hope to have as good luck with as with the other case -- Garrote & Brooks were badly beaten --

Reid has just came in and I must close Kiss my noble boy, Keep me fresh in his tender memory -- Good night my darling -- God bless you my sweet wife-

Your husband
[Signed] Porter