Letter: Centreville, [Alabama?] to Callie [King, 1856?]

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Centreville, [Alabama?] to Callie [King, 1856?]
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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African American criminals
Appellate procedure
Slaves--Legal status, laws, etc.
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, while on court business in Centreville, [Alabama?], writes a letter, possibly dated 1856, to his wife Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. King tells Callie that he misses her and discusses a court case in which four slaves will be sentenced to death. Originally six slaves were tried, but two were acquitted. King tells his wife that he will try to get the Supreme Court to drop the charges against the other four slaves. He lists the slaves still being held on charges as belonging one each to Judge Graham and to Rickam, and lists two as belonging to McKenall. He will next go to Autauga, Alabama for more law work./NOTE>
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 73, document jhl0073.
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Hargrett Library

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Saturday Evening
My sweet wife,
The only leisure moment since I reached this place, has been seized upon to write you my darling I have never been so busy in my life, Col. [unclear text: Ira] having thrown the entire responsibility upon me -- the Solicitous office is no sinecure, I do assure you -- my health is very good -- Col. [unclear text: Ira] has been very unwell and is now quite feeble -- I know very few persons here and have been too much engaged with the Grand jury to make any acquaintances I had determined when I received you [your] sweet little note by John Smith, to return home from this place but Col. [unclear text: Ira] says I must go to [unclear text: Autauga] with him and that he hopes to go alone to Coosa, so if his

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health improves you may look for me about the 16th -- the time seems so long till [until] I'll again embrace my darling -- so slowly move the wheels of time, when away from my Callie -- Court is now being called --
Sat [Saturday] night 11 O'clock -- I have just returned from hearing sentence of death passed on four of the unfortunate Rickam negroes two belong to the McRenall boys, one to [unclear text: Judge Graham], one to Rickam, two of Rickam's were acquitted -- we will take the case of the four to the Supreme Court and hope to reverse -- their cases have taken up the entire time allotted for state's business I have written 24 Indictments, 3 for felonies I will do better, I will at all hazards write from Kingston and hope to return to the arms of her I love and who, I believe aye Know, loves me -- the reflection is so sweet so refreshing to my wearied spirits, that there is one who loves me supremely -- Dear Callie I have never loved you so tenderly, so fondly so devotedly, so supremely as this night, alone in

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the city of Centreville -- Callie we ought occasionally to leave home, to learn the secrets of how to appreciate the comforts of that delectable place -- but home is where the heart is -- and where now, my little canary, do you think your husband's heart is? nestled up close to his own little wife -- dearest how I do love you -- My candle is nearly out so darling good night -- think often of
your own
[Signed] Porter
Sunday morning, I leave in a few minutes for [unclear text: Autauga], with me immediately to Kingston, I am so anxious to hear from my little pet -- God bless and preserve my darling --