Letter: North Hamptons, [Georgia] to Callie [Lumpkin King], Montgomery, [Alabama], 1851 Dec. 29

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers
Letter: North Hamptons, [Georgia] to Callie [Lumpkin King], Montgomery, [Alabama], 1851 Dec. 29
Lumpkin, James M.
Date of Original:
Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
Georgia--Politics and government
King, Callie, 1826-1905--Courtship
King, Porter, 1824-1890--Courtship
Lumpkin, James M.--Courtship
Screven, Thomas
Barnard, Tim
King, Callie, 1826-1905
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
United States, Alabama, 32.75041, -86.75026
letters (correspondence)
James Lumpkin writes a letter dated December 29, 1851 to his sister Callie Lumpkin, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin and future wife of Porter King, expressing how much he loves to receive letters from her and how much he misses her. He says he is glad she is enjoying Montgomery, Alabama. James gives her advice on courtship. He tells her not to rush into anything because she will probably be courted five or more times while in Montgomery. She is currently being pursued by Porter King and Bob [Goree]. James confides in Callie his love for Miss Anna [Camak?] and asks her not to tell anyone. He also informs her of his activities with Tom Screven while in Savannah where he saw some members of the Georgia Senate. Tom Screven is also visiting the Barnards in North Hampton, Georgia, while James is there. He tells Callie to come home by January 16, 1852 because he cannot bear to be at home without her there.
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.
Local Identifier:
Metadata URL:
Digital Object URL:
Bibliographic Citation (Cite As):
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
Original Collection:
Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers, 1821-1862 (bulk 1852-1857), box 2, folder 9, document jhl0085.
Holding Institution:
Hargrett Library

Page: [1]

North Hamptons 1851 Dec [December] the 29th
Dear Sister
I had just returned from a short ride in a buggy with Tim & Tom [unclear text: Screven], when your letter came -- you ask me not to get frightened at your long letter -- instead of being frightened at its length -- I was very much pleased -- it was not half long-enough [long enough] for me I could read dozens of pages from you with more pleasure than you can well imagine -- in fact I had rather get a letter from you than any one [anyone] else (my sweet-heart [sweetheart] not excepted) you may not think so but it is true -- I assure you -- I was not angry at all about the opening of your last letter at home they acted right -- although I would prefer their not seeing it -- not that there was any-thing [anything] of any -- real importance in it -- but I do not want every body [everybody] to know what I am doing -- You speak of your first letter to me from Montgomery -- and say that you do not understand why I d[deleted text: o] [added text: id] not wish to see it -- my reasons for it is not worth the time to mention it & I will pass it by -- I am glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much at Montgomery -- it only shows the good sense of your western beaux -- their admiring you & paying you so much attention but how anyone -- that had ever seen you & [added text: had] been in

Page: [2]

your company for any length of time could keep from not only admiring -- but even loving you I cannot tell -- I for one Sister Callie think that you are perfection in every respect -- For my sake Sister dont [don't] try & catch the member in the house whom you mention -- I cannot agree to it on account of his name I dont [don't] like his name I have no doubt, but that you will be courted some five or six times while you are out there -- you must not give any one [anyone] an answer until you come home -- & we can talk the matter over together -- if you do give any of them the tip of your toe -- do it as gently as you possibly can -- I should rather think you had taken a sort of a fancy for Bob [unclear text: Goree] from the manner in which you write about him -- well Sister Callie if you like him -- think him smart & clever -- that he could love you as I do -- (which I do not think he ever could) & that you could love him & be happy with him -- why then set your cup [cap] for him & catch him -- or Porter King either -- You must not come home without a good picture of yourself for me -- if you cannot have it taken in your black silk -- why then have it taken in any-thing [anything] -- the reason why I wanted you to have it taken in the silk for -- it is because I think you look prettier in the black-silk than any-thing [anything]

Page: [3]

that you have -- & I want you to look as pretty as you possibly can when it is taken if you only look as you always (except when you have a headache) it will be pretty enough -- you speak of my falling in love -- & giving it to some fair lady -- I do not think that I would have to fall far -- to be in love I have taken my fall already -- I do not expect to see any-one [anyone] that I love [deleted text: well] enough to give it to -- until I see you -- you must be certain to come home by the 16th of Jan [January] -- for I do not care to go back home until you return so you must come by that time -- not a single day later -- I hope you did not tell Miss Anna Cousins -- that I loved her -- although I do love her like thunder & lightning -- I cannot find words enough to tell you how much I love her -- please never mention to any-one [anyone] either your particular friends -- or mine -- for I never want any-one [anyone] to know it -- Well Sister Callie I will tell you something about my trip down here & how I have spent my time -- my trip from Milledgeville did not occupy much time -- In Savanah [Savannah] I found the Legislature on a visit -- the most of them very drunk & among others [unclear text: Glenn] -- the secretary of the senate -- a bright looking set -- to make laws for the Sate [State] -- one of them died there he was from Elbert -- I met Tom Screven

Page: [4]

who carried me about & showed me as much as he knew -- I did not stay in Savanah [Savannah] but a day & that was Sunday -- I left in the stage on Mond [added text: a]y [Monday] & foun [added text: d] [found] that the Barnards were expecting me on next day -- the old man & his brother came for me about five miles -- Nat was sick & [unclear text: Tim] & his mother at church -- they treated me very kindly indeed Tom Screven came out two days after & has been here ever since -- we have a very pleasant time of it -- Tom -- Tim & myself stay in the same room & we have rare times -- we hunt almost every day -- I have killed one deer -- we eat supper about six O clock [o'clock] -- then an oyster supper at ten then smoke & talk until 12 & then go to bed -- Nat comes in our room -- & talks with us -- he is a strange sort of a fellow he is clever but too fickle and changeable he still says that he loves Puss Dougherty he talks very little about her -- I like Mr. & Mrs. Barnard very much -- they are very clever people -- Mr. Barnard is very lively & full of fun -- Tim is a clever fellow Mrs B [Barnard] gave Tom Screven & myself a sort of a party the other night -- & asked several of the young persons here -- we had a pleas [added text: ant] [pleasant] time of it -- I went to another the night after at a Miss Jones's -- I went & called on her to-day [today] with Tom & Tim -- we had some fun there -- of us in a buggie -- I saw Joe Wilkin's his wife -- Miss [unclear text: Lou] & Elizabeth Boudin at preaching last Sunday-Tom & Tim are awaiting for me to go to bed -- we are down stairs [downstairs] & have only one candle -- so I must close Good bye [Goodbye] until we meet on [illegible text]

Your affectionate
[Signed] James
Do not write no more here -- I will leave soon -- excuse this miserable letter -- It is written in a great hurry -- Please dont [don't] show it