Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie [King], 1852 May 27

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie [King], 1852 May 27
Lumpkin, Frank G., 1842-1876
Contributor to Resource:
Lumpkin, Robert C., 1840-1876
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Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Fruit trees
Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. Swallow barn
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
letters (correspondence)
On May 27, 1852, Frank and Robert Lumpkin write to their sister, Callie King, thanking her for the letter she sent and letting her know how much she is missed during fruit picking season. They inform Callie that Sallie Jackson and Matilda Maxwell will soon be married and that Buck [Grieve?] is spending his college vacation with them. They also inform Callie that their father, Joseph Henry Lumpkin, is currently reading "Swallow Barn" [or "A Sojourn in the Old Dominion"] by John Pendleton Kennedy, 1795-1870. The book contains numerous illustrations of African Americans that they find humorous. Their father has cut some duplicates of the pictures from the book to give to the boys, and they are enclosing one for Uncle Booker, one of the Lumpkin family's slaves. They also accept their sister's invitation to visit her in the fall, if possible.
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
2 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 7, document jhl0083.
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Hargrett Library

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Athens May 27th 1852
Many thanks to you -- dear Sister for your sweet letter. you do not know how proud & happy it made us feel -- & we will most willingly go home with you next fall -- if Pa & Ma will agree to it -- We are so sorry you are not home now to share in our fruit -- straw-berries [strawberries] for our months first -- now raspberries & cherries in the greatest abundance from our own orchard -- Ma is preserving a good deal to keep till [until] you come out. -- Sister Callie we have not gathered the fruit from the Crawford cherry tree yet -- It is the prettiest sight you ever saw & then too [unclear text: plantums] are ripening and there will be plenty of peaches & apples -- Last year we had Sister Margaret & Sister Lou with us as this time -- We miss you all so much -- Sister Callie what do you think -- Mr. Prince is to be married soon to Miss Sally Jackson -- Is not this funny? They are mighty busy fixing for Miss Matilda's wedding at Mrs. Maxwells [Maxwell's] -- Sister Callie Pa has been reading a Book called Swallow Barn -- written by Mr. Kennedy -- Did you ever see it? It is full of negro pictures -- & there are several of the leaves -- printed twice by mistake Pa -- cut them out & give [gave] them to us -- Please show the one which we send to Uncle Booker

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There is another heap funnier than this -- A little white boy is the Captain & he is mustering all the little negroes -- one had an old watering pot for a drum & another an old pocket-handk-erchief [pocket handkerchief] on a stick for a flag -- Wish we could send this- Uncle Miller,s [Miller's] Buck is spending his college vacation with us -- We all like him very much -- So many letters have been written to you lately that we will not say more. Pa & Ma think very hard that no one has written to them since the return of Mrs. King & Miss Tuddy -- telling how they are -- All send love to Sister Callie & Brother Porter.

your Brothers
[Signed] Frank K. Lumpkin
Bob Lumpkin