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Document: 33

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


author: Cobb, Marion, 1822-1897
date: [1856?]
extent: 5p
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 tries to console her sister after the death of King's baby. Cobb also mentions the death of their uncle, Sam Lumpkin, the illness of Mrs. Jackson, the illness of their father, Joseph Henry Lumpkin, the birth of Sallie Baxter Bird's daughter, and Hansel's killing by a slave boy owned by Mrs. Golding.

subjects:
  • Letters
  • Bird, Sallie, 1828-1910
  • Lumpkin, Joseph Henry, 1799-1867--Health
  • Lumpkin, Samuel--Death and burial
  • Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century
  • Infants--Death
  • Slaves--Georgia
  • Murder--Georgia
  • 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: 33
    document: jhl0033


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    My dearest Callie --

    I would most certainly have written to you before this were it not for the constant expectation we had of seeing you -- Since the reception however of your last letter I suppose you will not come to us at present & I now need no asking to tell you how truly I have sympathized with you -- Oh how keenly I could realize your anguish who can doubt. Six months Callie have made me I trust bow in submission to his will who recalled my last beautiful boy -- yea has even made me feel thankful that I was so blessed as to have two lambs safely housed in heaven -- but they have not yet made me forget the bitter hour's [hours] when I looked for the last time upon those I loved so fondly I fear so unwisely -- And can you doubt that I should feel for you in your loneliness which my own heart knows to be so agonizing -- most especially when you so tenderly sympathized with me -- & so sweetly soothed my sorrows -- No Callie -- I never go to


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    my little graves but your kind hand [deleted text: was] [added text: is] seen there and I often before the death of your darling thought of you there & prayed God to bless you & yours -- And now Callie they recall to my mind another little grave & another aching heart & I still pray more fervently for you -- and especially that God may shew [show] you his dealing's [dealings] with you in such a manner as to turn your mourning into joy -- & to cause you to bless him for the day in which he so afflicted you -- It is so hard to feel thus -- & such a trial to poor human nature -- But is it not sweet in the midst of trouble to remember that whom God loves he chasteneth -- yea even scourgeth -- And if we have this proof of adoption why should we sorrow? We can go to our babes -- whom God has taken from the evil to come & oh how much sorrow there is in this poor pilgrimage of ours -- Last Sabbath morning about this hour I stood over the dying bed of that dying saint Mrs Jackson -- You know Callie she has been tried in the furnace of affliction seven times heated -- She remarked in a voice as mild & calm as an infants [infant's] "oh what are all my troubles now -- this hour repays me for them all. -- Oh if this be death -- then 'tis [it is] sweet to die; -- this hour is the happiest moment of my life, Said


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    poor Sal to her -- Mother say something to me She replied -- "trust in God my child -- always trust in God" -- And this is all we can do & we shall never trust in vain as her dying voice could testify -- Trust him Callie for he doeth all things well -- and to be submissive in his hands is the greatest comfort to my own poor heart when death & sorrows make even his ways seem mysterious. -- I know behind a frowning providence he hides a smiling face -- Poor Sal seems to be an example of this. Sallie Mattie's deathe [death] affected her so much we felt somewhat uneasy for the results & her mother's death we were sure would injure her -- But God heard her prayers -- & has "tempered the wind to the shorn lamb" She has borne it with the meekest most humble resignation and is more calm than she has been for months -- Though deeply grieved -- she seems to feel her dependence upon her self & strives to do what she knows her mother would have advised -- Her situation is truly to be pitied -- but she is a sincere christian & God will not leave or forsake her -- Uncle Sam Lumpkin dropped dead very suddenly a few days since & it seems to affect Pa a good deal His health is very bad again and he is very thin -- We are trying to persuade


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    him to take a trip somewhere as he has had [unclear text: the] rest of a month & I should not be surprised if he went north -- I think he hoped you would come out & he could persuade you to accompany him -- The rest of the family are quite well -- Mr Cobb is in Elbert but he felt deeply for you & will write you Soon himself -- Mary Gresham is here & sick in bed. She says she could resign the child if she had only been here but seems [added text: as] if she cannot be reconciled to her having been away -- I never was more surprised than I was to hear yesterday Sallie Bird had another daughter -- so was every one as it was never suspected at all -- Mary goes to Philadelphia in October to remain under Dr [Doctor] Hodges [Hodges'] care for three months -- He is the physician [unclear text: Mrs Tarrant] was with -- Mrs Baxter & her children go with her -- I suppose you have heard of [unclear text: Hansels] [Hansel's] being murdered in a fight by a little negro of Mrs Goldings [Golding's]? -- There is great excitement here about it & he had the largest funeral I ever saw in Athens I know of nothing new to write -- All send much love to you and often speak of you & brother Porter -- Let us hear often from you as you know how anxious we are about you -- I wrote you two letters -- did you get both --


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    My health is only tolerable altho' [although] I am larger than you ever saw me -- I weigh 117 -- I promise myself if nothing happens to go out this winter & see you but it is time enough yet to speak of it -- We heard from Lucy last night & her whole letter was about you -- She was just going to leave for home All Callie feel for you & brother Porter but none more than your sister



    [Signed] Marion


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