Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie King, [Marion, Alabama], 1853 Dec. 16

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie King, [Marion, Alabama], 1853 Dec. 16
Lumpkin, Callender Grieve
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Yellow fever
Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Cobb, John B.
McCay, Charles F. (Charles Francis), 1810-1889
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
Callender Lumpkin writes a letter dated December 16, 1853 to her daughter Callie King expressing deep sympathy and consoling King over her loss of a child. She reports local events around Athens, Georgia such as Professor [Charles F.] McCay's acceptance of the Mathematical Chair at South Carolina College in Columbia; John B. Cobb's purchase of Hench Hull's lot and Cobb's imminent move; Colonel Grant's return from New Orleans; and the yellow fever and cholera scare in the west. Marion [Cobb] (another of Lumpkin's daughters) will stay at home for the time being because of this threat.
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
4 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 4, document jhl0080.
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Athens Dec [December] 16 1853
My Dear Callie
The receipt of your letter last night reminds me that I have long been indebted to you [unclear text: one]; and I know not that I shall ever find more leisure to pay it. I regret my dear Callie to discover that you find it so hard to be resigned to your sore bereavement. Would that you were enabled to see the hand of your Heavenly Father in this as in all his other dealings with you. He has in days past sent you much good dear Callie. His mercy has followed you all the days of your life. Will you remember when He sends evil too? Man that is born of woman is full of trouble -- Will you refuse to submit to any? Take care my dear child If you be one of his chosen

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as I doubt not you are -- He will make you willing -- even to kiss the rod -- that smites you. -- Poor Marion rebelled when her favorite little Joseph was taken -- she refused to be comforted, -- Thomas was snatched away also -- And then she meekly bowed her head and said it is the Lord let him do what seemeth to Him good. -- [deleted text: [illegible text] ] that you cant [can't] hear by the ear of faith my sweet little namesake speaking from the Spirit world and saying "Mother weep not for me, -- It is well with thy first born -- and well forever more. God I trust hath much happiness in store for you. But whether He will send blessings or afflictions may depend very much upon yourself. [illegible text] I have just got through with that most disagreeable of all jobs to me hog killing

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I have dried up about one hundred gallons of lard. -- Lucy has not reached home -- though we are expecting her to day [today]. -- Dr [Doctor] Reese was moving out of the house yesterday to make roome [room] for her. Professor McCay has accepted an appointment to the Mathematical Chair at Columbia S.C. [South Carolina] -- It took us all quite by surprise. John Cobb came down the other day and bought Hench Hulls [Hull's] lot -- He will move to it as soon as they can sell out in Walton -- I called with Ted to see Mrs Camak and Anna yesterday -- but they were out -- the beautiful napkin ring [rings] were duly delivered -- for which your Pa and I thank you very much. -- We will use them in remembrance of the beloved donor. Marion has also received at last

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her handsome present. [illegible text] the reports about yellow fever and Cholera out west deterred Marion from going out. Col [Colonel] Grant has returned from Orleans [New Orleans] stating that they were dining daily in the Hotel where he lodged He thought it would not be safe to visit that place this winter. -- Your inquiry about the health of your Pa -- He became very unwell the day you left and has not been very hearty since. He rode out with a committee of Gentlemen yesterday to select a location for a new Cemetery. And this spot chosen, was a piece of ground on the River -- back of where Mrs [unclear text: Hopping] lived. Willby has had slight chills but is better, Eddy is on a visit to Greensboro -- All join in much love to Porter and yourself

Affectionately your loving mother
[Signed] C C [Callender [Cunningham Grieve]] Lumpkin