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Document: 32

Letter: [Athens, Georgia] to Callie [King, 1856?]


author: Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
date: [1856?]
extent: 7p
summary: Undated letter (possibly from 1856) 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. Cobb discusses Christmas festivities, her illness, the commotion of people moving around town, real estate deals, and other local news.

subjects:
  • Letters
  • Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897--Health
  • Gerdine family
  • Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
  • Christmas--Georgia--Athens
  • Real property--Georgia--Athens
  • Stores, Retail--Georgia--Athens
  • Domestic life
  • King, Callie, 1826-1905
  • Athens (Ga.)
  • Clarke County (Ga.)

  • 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
    publishing permission: To obtain publishing permission, contact the Alexander Campbell King Law Library, University of Georgia School of Law
    collection: Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers, 1821-1862 (bulk 1852-1857)
    box: 1
    folder: 32
    document: jhl0032




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    A happy New Year to you my dearest sister & to yours -- how sincerely do I wish it for you! We have had much during the past one to give us pain & yet may it not prepare us better for that happy land where seasons & years are never known -- but an eternity of peace & happiness is even now realized by those for whom we have so sorrowfully mourned -- How blest [blessed] their lot compared with ours -- for should my wish be realized for you how varied will be that happiness -- Perhaps again many sorrows may await us we know not. God grant that we all may be enabled to view them aright -- & that at last they may prove those blessings for us which




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    shall help [added text: us] to obtain that "eternal weight of glory" which only those do find who have "gone up" to it through "much tribulation" Excuse this outburst at the beginning of the new year -- I never realized as fully how near we were to each other and I never felt so strong a desire that our lives might be such as to unite us even more fully hereafter -- God grant it my only & dearest sister! Christmas has passed & like yourself we had many causes for excitement but none for real danger Joe was more alarmed than almost any other person & we had several hearty laughs at his expense Our negroes were much alarmed and consequently the Christmas was a dull one to them -- Poor [unclear text: Fanny] has not yet walked a step




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    & her intended marriage makes her trial still more sad -- Annie Erwin is yet with us & such romps as she & the boys have every night you never witnessed -- Yesterday as the necessary result of such romping I sent a waggon [wagon] load of furniture to be mended & I am doubtful how much will be left when she [deleted text: she] leaves -- Mr. Gerdine & Will come over every night & you know they are pretty merry of themselves -- I have sat in the corner for the last four weeks with the most violent cold I ever had combined with sore throat & dyspepsia -- I wonder I have kept up as I have -- Today it has settled in my teeth and I am still suffering a great deal but I could not forbear writing Rosa Crawford has been




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    very ill with a cold & is still confined to her bed & fears her marriage will be put off on account of it. Mrs Craig seems to be quite a belle again and Herdy [unclear text: Phinizy], Alley Crawford & several others are quite devoted to her. I have somewhat suspected Mr. Gerdine but this must be [unclear text: inter nos] altogether -- He talks a great deal about her and seems to love to be teazed [teased] about her as he often is -- There is quite a moving going on in the town -- The new professors getting into their houses -- new stores being erected &c [et cetera] -- Mr Cobb made quite a bargain yesterday -- one which he has long had in view & which he begged Will or Joe to join him in but they did not




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    He bought out Herrys for $12.00 & a part of Whites for the same price -- He intends putting up two nice stores for rent & every one thinks he got a great bargain Indeed he was offered $100 for it as soon as made -- One object he had in view was to get Charlie into the shoe store with Sydney Reese as a partner & I think he will accomplish it. Reese does a fine business here & Herry having sold out many are desirous for the place -- It is busy time settling accounts and I rarely see Mr. C [Cobb]-- -- 'tho [though] he is at home -- Many of our girls are in Montgomery -- amongst them Annie [unclear text: Camak] -- Mrs. Billups is so delighted at Hal & Abbotts [Abbott's] prospects now she dresses more than you ever saw her & seems quite young


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    again -- Batavia [added text: Thomas] is to marry soon I hear a N. [New] Yorker -- She had that enlargement on her throat taken out in Philadelphia & looks badly from the effects of it. Laura Rutherford looks better than you ever saw her dresses well -- & seems so cheerful [unclear text: Mattie] is in an interesting condition again -- Habersham [unclear text: Adams's] wife is very much like her sister Mary Wilkinson do you remember her? rather pert & not very genteel -- Mary Willis Jackson has a son which weighed eleven ¾ of a pound!! I must give myself room to thank you for Callie for the nuts & letter. You dont [don't] know how they gratified her Indeed many have enjoyed the nuts & they have helped out Christmas wonderfully -- She & the other children send many messages to you uncle Porter & Joe" but I will combine all in a heap of love to all joined by Your Fond sister --


    [Signed] Marion



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    Callie says I must tell you "little [unclear text: Merick] " is all but dead to marry & she reckons he will All are well at Joes [Joe's] & Wills [Will's] & Muggie is much pleased with her finery from Miss Bailey -- I've not seen it yet but Ma says her dress is something like yours. Her bonnet a pink velvet -- collars shoes & hair braid gloves stockings cloak &c [et cetera] &c [et cetera] Is not this letter a real salmagundi --

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