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Letter: [Athens, Georgia] to Callie King, Marion, Alabama, 1852 Oct. [no day]

author: Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
date: October 1852
extent: 4p
summary: Letter from October 1852 from Marion Lumpkin Cobb, wife of Thomas Read Rootes Cobb and daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin, to Callie King, wife of Porter King and Marion's sister, about life in Athens. Cobb had enclosed a drawing of the improvements on their home which no longer remains. She delivers news of her children and of the health of her parents. Her husband, Thomas Read Rootes Cobb, is in Milledgeville attending to the business affairs of Uncle Miller [Grieve?]. She also reports that her brother Miller Lumpkin is undergoing examinations for entry into the University of Georgia.

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: 17
document: jhl0017

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Oct 1852
My dearest Callie -

I wrote you a long letter a few days ago - and altho' nothing has occurred worth mentioning since then as I have an opportunity I will write a few lines to send with the picture. Col. [Colonel] Young wrote in to Mr Cobb to send him a draft of our house. I thought it would please you to see it and so I got little Reinhart to take two one of which I send you. It is good I think & will give you some idea of the improvement we have made since you left. It will also keep us in view when you look at it I know and though I've no fears of being forgotten - it will be a pleasure for us both to feel that in looking at it you can realize more fully all connected with us. I would that you could see it in reality and be with us and I feel half tempted sometimes to write and beg you

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to peep at it - perhaps a little later in the season. But more of this anon. [unclear text: Batavia Thomas] reached home on friday accompanied by Sarah McHenry. As I wrote you her worst fears have been confirmed and after her [illegible text] trouble and great expense the [unclear text: Drs [Doctor's] ] parting advice to her was to educate [deleted, unclear text: him] [added text: Noel] as a blind boy. May God in his mercy "temper the wind to the shorn lamb" and out of this great darkness of mind & body work out an everlasting & eternal [unclear text: weight] of glory for poor James' darling boy. Oh Callie today is the anniversary of my little angels last agony - for was it not most truly his last. And now when I think of him bright in the new Jerusalem - and constantly witness & feel the sorrows and trials of this poor world - I fall upon my knees at the only spot of this earthly tabernacle which now binds him here - and with an aching but a thankful heart I bless God that though this is all left to me it only awaits the [unclear text: summons] to be [unclear text: reused] in immortality & to be crowned with his blessed spirit which shall render

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it incorruptible & clothe it again with light. I humbly then exclaim - & I trust resignedly oh Lord - "it is well with me" it is more than well with my blessed lamb. And then Callie ought I not to be grateful. I wish you could see my boy here - he is so fat - so smart - so pretty - Pa thinks him the prettiest - most sprightly young babe I have ever had - & like all of the others he is very good. Sue Wiley makes a great pet of Callie, who is her Sunday school scholar - (for she goes [unclear text: regularly]). She told Sue the other day that "any way she could fix it she would be named after her Wiley." Sue asked her how. She replied C-A-l-ly ([unclear text: Wiley]) "now dont [don't] you see it will come so any how." I thought it would have been the death of Sue. I took her to church with me. Miss Barnes turned & looked at her for several minutes & much to the amusement of those back of her said to me - "I swear you've got the most interesting children I ever saw - this one beats the others." Now don't you think me vain - don't you justify my vanity. I know you are pleased to hear this.

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All are as usual at Pa's - neither Ma nor himself very well - tho' [though] somewhat better. I try hard to keep them cheerful & amused as they are more easily depressed than I ever saw them and they do not bear troubles with the fortitude they once did. One feeling alone seems to fill their breasts - the welfare of their children and nothing cheers them more than continued accounts of your continued health & prosperity. Don't let little things worry you but strive to enjoy all of your blessings and in loving & making all around us happy we will be blessed ourselves both here & hereafter. Give much love to brother Porter & to each member of the family who may be near you. All unite in this message with me. Tell Joe I intend writing him a long letter in a few days. Mr Cobb is in Milledgeville [unclear text: winding] up Uncle Millers business. It is still [unclear text: uncertain] when he will leave - in a few days [unclear text: however]. The town is now quite dull college having broken up. Miller is being examined this morning for [unclear text: admission]

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Well Callie I have written you a prosy letter. Never mind - you must value it for the love which prompted it. I must tell Lizzie Craig was at church Sunday & sat in the gallery with the singers. Mr [unclear text: Croom] is now here & is coming here to live. Goodbye dear Callie. Write soon to your fond sister Marion

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It is said Clifford Alexander is to be [illegible text] [unclear text: shortly] to young [unclear text: January at best]

Mrs Porter King
Courtesy of Mr. Clemens

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