Letter: Montgomery, [Alabama] to Callie [Lumpkin King, 1852?]

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Montgomery, [Alabama] to Callie [Lumpkin King, 1852?]
King, Porter, 1824-1890
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King, Callie, 1826-1905--Courtship
King, Porter, 1824-1890--Courtship
Lumpkin, Joseph Henry, 1799-1867
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434
letters (correspondence)
Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature, writes a letter, possibly dated 1852, from Montgomery, Alabama to his fiancée, Callie Lumpkin, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. King informs Callie that he and his Aunt Wiley will soon be leaving for Macon, Georgia and that he will visit Callie's father when he arrives in Macon. King confesses to Callie that he has written many letters to her father asking Lumpkin for his daughter's hand in marriage, but that he has destroyed them; he will speak to her father in person instead. In closing, King says he will come to see her as soon as possible, maybe on Saturday.
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 75, document jhl0075.
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Hargrett Library
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Montgomery -- Sunday night
My dear Miss Callie,
A few moments are allowed me this evening to acknowledge the reception of your sweet letter -- Your letter, my own Miss Callie, has, if it is possible, enlisted more warmly my feelings and draws forth the strongest affections of my heart towards you -- every day but tends to confirm me in my belief of the great loveliness and assure me of how inestimable a treasure I possess -- But I must be short. the time for the adjournment draws near, and there are ten thousand things yet to be done -- I shall leave Here on wednesday morning and proceed directly to Macon, with my aunt (Mrs. wiley) who will reach this place on Tuesday night -- I will see your father at Macon, in person; for to you, I'll confess it, that I have written him there several times and each time destroyed the letter, not being satisfied -- It is no easy matter, let him try it who will, for one who sincerely and devotedly loves a beloved daughter to ask by letter her parents to surrender their jewel, "the light of their house" -- I may find the embarrassment equally great viv voce -- but I'll try it -- I received a letter from him on yesterday, saying that all were very well

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the Legislature adjourns on Tuesday, I shall leave this place on wednesday and having to accompany my aunt to Macon, fear I shall not reach Athens before Monday evening -- I hope the detention will only make you the happier to see me -- how leaden paced the hours will be till [until] I stand in your dear presence -- You my dear Miss Callie, can never know how devotedly and truly I love -- my whole heart is yours, happy am I that it is in your custody -- Be not surprised should you see me on Sat [Saturday] evening, if possible I shall be in Athens --

My regards to your father's family and believe me
as ever devotedly your
[Signed] Porter