Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie King, 1856 Nov. 9

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: [Marion, Alabama] to Callie King, 1856 Nov. 9
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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Goree family
Antislavery movements--United States
United States--Politics and government--1853-1857
King, Edwin Davis
King, Joseph Henry--Health
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 to the Alabama legislature, writes a letter dated November 9, 1856, to his wife Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin in which he tells her he soon hopes to visit her and their son. He informs her of travels of family, neighbors and friends to the Montgomery Fair. He discusses his own plans to travel to the Dallas Court the following week. He gives his wife news of his father's family and also mentions the Goree family. King touches on the current political situation and states that he thinks abolitionism will die out.
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
3 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 70, document jhl0070.
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Hargrett Library

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Sunday evening Nov. [November] 9th 1856
My dearest wife,
I have just come up from the Post Office, having received your cheering love letters of the 4th I felt when I saw the date, that I knew more precisely what you were doing, in fact more like you were talking to me -- and my little man too is improving -- God bless him how I should like to press him to my bosom this lonesome Sunday evening. On this evening when I have my purest and best thoughts I miss you more than any other you my little divinity -- for I owe to your advice and example my best actions and purest thoughts -- I went down to fathers yesterday evening to bid them "good bye" [good-bye] as they left this morning for the fair they took the hand car on the R. R [railroad] in Edwin King's field -- [unclear text: In] admired your character more, that sincerity which is yourself, when contemplating the consummate hypocrisy which is the essence of [unclear text: squeezle]

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She excelled herself -- Ritta too is serve -- Father returns from Montgomery -- Ritta remains there -- I don't know who will accompany Annie and father's wife -- they go first to Milledgeville then to _____ -- She expects to return about Christmas -- [unclear text: Lou dery ] has taken his father's young horses over to the fair -- I saw at father's a couple of exquisitely worked [unclear text: collars] sent over by Mrs Geo [George] L. Johnson and Mrs Huntington for the prize -- they were beautiful -- Ed King Lackett & Judge Graham go in the morning I saw, whilst coming up, several carriages stop at the "King House", which I learned contained the Walthalls, bound for the fair the recent rains having raised the river I expect there will be a large crowd If I could only leave here, there is a fair woman, I'd see in double quick time -- I shall go to Dallas Court [unclear text: next] week and now have strong hopes of spending this day two weeks with my darlings -- [unclear text: I'll] keep you posted as to my movements -- I was quite cold this morning, ice plentiful. I think that I shall go around to hear Mr. Niely tonight -- the political news comes in [unclear text: most] cheering -- I think that abolitionism, having been openly met and ingloriously defeated, will die out

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Wm [William] Howell has been appointed post master in the place of Dr. Godden. we have Court here all of next (this) week I don't think we will finish the Dockett -- I admire Judge Shorter much as a man and officer --
You must not let our son forget his pa -- does he talk any -- what does he say -- cane [can] he walk? Kiss him and hug him again and again for me Kind remembrances to all and an ocean of love to my pretty little wife from

[Signed] Your devoted husband
Porter -- I shall take tea with Sister, where all are well --