Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie [Lumpkin], 1851 Dec. 7

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie [Lumpkin], 1851 Dec. 7
Lumpkin, Edward P., 1833-1872
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Cobb family
Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Lumpkin, Edward P., 1833-1872--Courtship
Christian Index (Atlanta, Ga.)
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
On a break from college at UGA, Edward P. Lumpkin writes a letter dated December 7, 1851 to his sister Callie Lumpkin, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin and future wife of Porter King. He reports that [Mary Ann] Cobb had a daughter, Laura Rootes, and that he read in the "Christian Index" a flattering write-up about Dr. Quintard, who is a professor in the medical college in Memphis. He also reports that Callie ought to write to Marion, their sister, and Miss Sallie Jackson as they are impatient for a letter from her. In addition, Edward writes that he is busy during the day copying law documents and that he is currently courting a girl, and mentions that Black Duke, the family dog, has died. He asks Callie not to show this letter to anyone because he is ashamed of his handwriting.
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 2, folder 5, document jhl0081.
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Hargrett Library

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Athens Dec [December] 7th 1851
Dear Sister Callie
We had quite a treat yesterday. Sister Marion got a letter from Miss Sallie Jackson announcing the birth of another daughter to Mrs. Cobb on Monday last. They have named it Laura Roots -- A letter come [came] to old Mrs. C from Mrs. Erwin stating that She & Miss Suey [unclear text: Lee] would visit Milledgeville about the middle of this month. It seems that her son & daughter Mr. & Miss Erwin are to accompany her alone. The old Colonel himself was to remain behind to get his new place fixed. It seems so for the present at least. They intend living in the country. But lastly came your packet with a letter to Jimmy & a note to myself. Jim having left me could not resist the temptation to read his. It will be forwarded to him in the morning. You have no idea my dear Sister how much pleasure your note gave me. In the first place I am delighted at the supposed resemblance between us. I always though [added text: t ] our faces were alike. In figure you have the advantage as I am rather more delicate, although in this respect. I supposed we do not differ so widely since you have gone through a course of [unclear text: lobelia] . And since you speak of fattening recollect that much is to be replaced before this process can begin. And then but I dare not trust myself on paper So you know that that little prairie bird has taken

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wonderful hold on my fancy. But breathe it not for this world. It would frighten her so that she would never bear me in her presence again. A lover once desired to communicate to his fair in amorator his hearts cherished secret But he was afraid to trust it to paper and what trick did he resort to. He shaved the head of his confidential servant -- imprinted the story of his love on the skin then dispatch him after waiting long enough for the hair to grow out -- arriving At the place of his destination he underwent the same process of shaving & thus the writing was read. Would that I could invent some mode equally seen from detection. You say she expect [expects] to come out next Summer. What if I come out this winter. Would it not take you very much by Surprise. And yet it is not impossible. If I have been correctly informed a communication has been dispatched to a certain young lady not living a hundred miles from Marion and upon her answer to it will depend my visit. I must be at the opening of the College the 16th of January. There is nothing to prevent me taking a hasty trip next between now & then. What say you to this suggestion. Would it not be very nice I am sorry to close by taxing your sensibilities nevertheless I should be inexcusable were I to remain silent. Death has again entered our little circle. Black Duke paid on Friday last the debt to nature and one long withheld. He died in the 23d year of his age and

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received a Christian burial of us. Whilst I think of it Sister Marion says it is high time you were remembering her And Miss Sallie Jackson who is a good girl I think declares that if you do not write to her she will strike your name from the list of her friends So you see there is work enough for you to do. Tell the Squire that I sympathize sincerely with him in the delay of his books Had he not best advertise them as a Strayed or Stolen? Sister Marion begins to substitute to some extent little Callie in the place of Buddy in her affections & she seems very anxious that Pa should do the same Mr. Cobb brought her over this morning before the old man was dressed & she stayed while they all came from Church she is over her now and tell [tells] me to send you a kiss. Have you noticed the [unclear text: puff] to Dr. Quintard in the Christain [Christian] Index taken from a Memphis paper He is Professor in the Medical College at that place. It is very flattering. Would you believe it Ma sat up until 11 o clock last night working at her quilt & listening to me read & walked to church to day [today] During the day I am too busy copying law documents to do any thing [anything] else Would you have believed it that I would have thus employed my College vacation. But what will not love do. You know what the poet

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says Hope springs immortal in the lover [lover's] breast. But I must bring this scrawl to a close Dont [Don't] publish it in the Newspapers I am like the old man in that respect I have an unconquerable aversion to figuring in the papers. Honestly Sister do you not thank you [your] Stars that [illegible text] has given you me instead of my younger Brother for a correspondent All send love & kisses & so do I to all who will receive them

Affectionately your Brother
[Signed] Eddy
P.S. Don't I pray you let any one [anyone] see my handwriting for I am sorry to say that I am ashamed of it