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Letter: Washington, [D.C.] to Joseph Henry Lumpkin, Athens, Georgia, 1850 Jan. 12


author: Berrien, John MacPherson, 1781-1856
date: January 12, 1850
extent: 4 p.
summary: In this letter of January 12, 1850, U.S. Senator for Georgia (1825-29, 1841-52) Joseph MacPherson Berrien writes to Joseph Henry Lumpkin about his support for Lumpkin in the Senate. Berrien also refers to a letter from Reverend Theobald Mathew and Mathew's zeal in the temperance movement.

subjects: repository: 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
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collection: Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers, 1821-1862 (bulk 1852-1857)
box: 1
folder: 2
document: jhl0002




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Washington 12th Jany [January] '50 [1850]
My dear Sir,

The appearance of a communication from the Reverend Theobald Mathew, under date of the 22nd ult [ultimate], which I have seen for the first time, within the last half hour, reminded me that I had omitted to acknowledge the receipt of your very kind letter of the 27th December last. In doing so now, I beg you to be assured that it afforded me very sincere pleasure, as one of Georgia's representatives in the Councils of the Nation, to vindicate the reputation of one of her most distinguished sons, and that it was moreover personally gratifying to me, to offer to you thus publicly, this testimony of my respect, and regard. Concurring entirely with you in the propriety of the course which you had pursued, I could not in justice to my own feelings have avoided the expression of that concurrence. If I had not considered the proceeding altogether out of place, and unfit for discussion in the Senate of the United States, I would have entered more largely into it -- I had the gratification


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to perceive that the brief statement which I made accomplished the purpose for which it was intended --

The Reverend gentleman, in his last communication, has in my judgment involved himself in an inextricable dilemma. If the singleness of his devotion to the cause of temperance, resisting the promptings of patriotism, forced him to with-hold [withhold] his influence from the cause of his own countrymen, "groaning under the weight of the heaviest burden of misery, that ever a Nation bore-" even although for so doing, he "endured every species of calumny," surely the effort would have been less, and the justification far more ample, to have abstained under the influence of that engrossing feeling, from an officious intermeddling with the domestic institutions of a people, of which he knew little - in behalf of a portion of their population, of


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whose actual condition, he knew less --

I am dear Sir
Respectfully and truly
Your friend
[Signed] Mr. MacPherson Berrien



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Free
JM Berrien
US. S. [United States Senate]

To/
The Hon [Honorable] :
Joseph Henry Lumpkin
Athens
/Geo/ [Georgia] --




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