Letter: to Callie [King, 1853]
author: Bird, Sallie, 1828-1910
summary: Undated letter probably from 1853 from Sallie (Baxter) Bird, wife of Hancock County plantation-owner Edgeworth Bird, to Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin and wife of Porter King, about her recent illness and an enclosed gift of a shirt for King's daughter, Callie, who, born in 1853, died later that year. Bird feels unable to travel until she is better. One of her children also has the measles.
- Southern States--Social life and customs--19th century
- Domestic life
- Women--Health and hygiene
- Children--Health and hygiene
- Women--Southern States
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)
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I send you dear Cal, a little shirt of my make, which I know you will find serviceable, if not beautiful. It is I think an extremely nice pattern; but the sleeves I worked for you, I find I left at home. I have worked this little garment since I have been sick, consequently, it is not so nicely done. But at any rate, little Callie will wear it, for the sake of one who loves her Mother dearly --
I have been very sick - with the most painful sore throat, & a violent cough, which kept me three days in bed, & from which, I feel myself today, for the first time recovering. I have coughed so incessantly at night that I have not dared go out at night, for a week. I am engaged out to dine however, for two or three days, but if I can find time, will get to see you in a day or two. How are you all doing? Do you keep well, & does dear [unclear text: wee-wee] Callie grow? Kiss her for me. Give my love to Cousin Porter -- I had such a letter, from Edge last night, that I felt like starting off today, but alas! John is down with the measles, tho' [though] over the worst, & of course I am expecting my chubby boy to take it every day - [unclear text: and] I have myself felt unable to travel so far. If Wilson does not get sick, I shall leave early next week. In the meantime, if I don't see you tomorrow, be sure when you do see me, you'll find me obstinate in insisting upon a visit from you & yours, before you go West.
Darling, haven't I written
Page:  [jpg image | djvu image]you quite a letter? But with you, I never know when to stop, writing or talking.
I send one of Sallie's new dresses of the trimming [unclear text: Moore] brought out. Don't you like it? I only send it for you to look at; I am sure you'll not think me foolish. She has a pink one also, made similarly -- -
Love always to Marion & your Mother -- Yours dearest Cal - with the truest affection --
[Signed] Sallie B.
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