Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to [Callie King], 1856 Feb. 21

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to [Callie King], 1856 Feb. 21
Lumpkin, Edward P., 1833-1872
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Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Venable, Margaret--Marriage
Venable, Charles Scott, 1827-1900--Marriage
Gerdine, Lucy Lumpkin
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
Upon his homecoming to Athens, Georgia, Edward P. Lumpkin writes a letter dated February 21, 1856 to his sister Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin and wife of Porter King. He notes that their father is still away in Macon, that their sister, Lucy Lumpkin Gerdine, is very sick while her husband, Mr. Gerdine, is away in Mississippi. He reports that Ms. Welch and Narcissa received the presents Callie sent them and that Charles Venable, a University of Georgia professor, has a new wife, the daughter of the ex-governor of Virginia, [James] McDowell. Edward also reports to Callie that Toby Cox shot his sleeping wife and then himself.
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 6, document jhl0082.
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Athens February 21st 1856
My Dear Sister
Although I have not received a letter from you as yet -- in reply to one I wrote you giving you immediately on my arrival at home a full description of my trip out from the time I left your house until I set foot on the platform at the Athens Depot -- also telling you what was the only arrangement you could make with Old [unclear text: Gallaher] -- & so on but perhaps you may have received this & I will be repeating only what I have once written -- Then again it might have taken the direction of one that Charlie wrote me telling me all of his secrets which never reached me -- He says

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if you got it after I left it is all right -- but it will forever [added text: near] kill him if it finds its way to the dead letter office -- Have you received your [unclear text: grafts] yet -- Mr. Cobb fixed them up for me -- I sent every nice variety on both Mr. Cobb's & our places Jim Camak has not been here since I got back -- & old Mrs. Camak nor Anna know which from which so I could not get any from them -- I believe I mentioned in my other letter how old Mr. Welch & [unclear text: Mareisa] cried when I gave them -- your presents -- which were the best thing in the world -- you could have sent them -- they were at Sister Marion's yesterday & had another cry over you -- I dont [don't] think they think there is another person in the world like you

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Before this reaches you -- you will have heard of the melancholy end of Toby Cox -- Mr. Cobb got a letter from Mat yesterday Toby shot his wife whilst she was sleeping -- then laid down before the fire & shot himself through the heart -- Mat seems to feel very much -- as does Col [Colonel] & Mrs. Billups -- Toby left a will which Mat intends to carry out -- giving Mrs. James of Lexington most of his property -- So Report says -- I suppose Will & Joe have both given you an account of Mrs. [unclear text: Venable] the wife of the new Professor. He was married just before he left Virginia -- She is the daughter of Ex Gov. [Governor] McDowell a great many think her much prettier than either Mrs. Craig

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or Mrs. Leconte -- I do not myself. I saw [unclear text: Orrie Ware] two or three night [nights] since She told me [added text: she] intended writing to you soon -- to thank you & the Baby for your presents I told her you had about a dozen beaux for her. Who were coming out to see her this summer. I am sorry I did it for she will [illegible text] the old Dr, to [illegible text] -- not having any better sense then to think I was telling the truth, Pa has not returned from Macon yet -- it has been over six weeks since I have seen him -- Sister Lucy is quite sick. She is affected like she was [unclear text: late] summer but a great deal worse -- Ma & Sister Marion feel quite uneasy about her -- I hope she is not as bad off as they think her Mr. [unclear text: Gerdine] is still in Mississippi I believe he was to have [illegible text] this time -- the rest of the families are all [added text: well] both at [unclear text: troups] & [illegible text]

your Brother
[Signed] Eddy