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Document: 34

Letter: Athens, [Georgia] to Callie [King], 1856 Sept. 16

author: Cobb, Thomas Read Rootes, 1823-1862
date: September 16, 1856
extent: 3p
summary: Letter dated September 16, 1856 from Thomas Read Rootes Cobb, lawyer, Confederate officer, founder of the Lucy Cobb Institute, and Marion Lumpkin Cobb's husband, to Callie Lumpkin King, wife of Porter King and Marion's sister. Thomas writes a letter of condolence due to the loss of Callie's baby. Thomas mentions that Joseph Henry Lumpkin, her father, misses his wife, Callender Cunningham Grieve Lumpkin, and looks forward to her safe return from Callie's. Thomas also writes about his belief that John Charles Frémont, the first Republican party candidate for president, will win the election. If Frémont wins, Cobb states that the South should immediately disjoin themselves from the Union.

  • Letters
  • Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
  • Lumpkin, Callender Grieve--Journeys
  • Lumpkin, Joseph Henry, 1799-1867
  • Infants--Death
  • Domestic life
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1856
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854-)
  • United States--Politics and government--1853-1857
  • 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
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    collection: Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers, 1821-1862 (bulk 1852-1857)
    box: 1
    folder: 34
    document: jhl0034

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    Athens Sept. [September] 16th 1856.
    Dear Sister Callie --

    I am just home from my Circuit -- & though I have "a pile" of letters to answer this morning I feel disposed to write to you. Most sincerely do I trust -- that our Heavenly Father has answered our prayer -- & in mercy has spared to you & your Husband your noble boy -- . Yet I know that your Heart & Faith concur, in believing that He doeth all things well -- & in saying "not my will -- but Thine be done" -- I hope that this most severe of tests will not be placed to your faith -- but I have the confidence to believe -- that it will not stagger nor fail --

    The prospect of seeing you & your family -- with your Mother on her return reconciles all of us -- even your Father -- to her continued absence -- & he begs me to say to you -- that he waits patiently to see you all -- It would be idle

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    to say to one who knows him as well as you do -- that he does not feel the disappointment -- of your mother's postponed return -- Yet I assure you that he would have said to her that she ought to remain with you in your trying situation

    Muggie managed to go to [unclear text: Lid's] yesterday & see her -- She was very feeble -- but is improving -- Lid -- is doing well & has a fine boy -- The balance of the family are in usual health --

    I called a few days ago to see Mrs Orr -- ([unclear text: Lizzie Towns]) She ran out of the room -- but left her work basket -- I noticed that she was making a very small dref [dress] with a great deal of trimming & [unclear text: inserting] about it -- I drew my inferences -- You can draw yours --

    [unclear text: Bob. McCay] & his wife & child came up yesterday on a visit to [unclear text: Mrs Baxter] -- There is quite a controversy in the family -- as to who shall keep

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    old Mrs Wiley with them -- Sue has carried the day I hear --

    Tell Porter -- I am with him now -- a fire eater & a disunionist I fear -- & believe that Frémont's election is certain -- & I am for immediate disunion -- I can't see that the South can remain in the Union without humiliation & degradation --

    What a salmagundi I have written you -- yet it is a daguerreotype of my mind -- if it only added a few words on some legal point --

    God bless you & your Sister Callie -- with his choicest blessings -- All send warmest love to Mother -- self -- Husband -- [unclear text: Jimmie] & the babies

    Truly and affectionately
    Your Brother
    [Signed] Thos.. R.R. Cobb

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