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Document: 41

Letter: Montgomery, [Alabama] to Callie [Lumpkin King, Athens, Georgia], 1852 Jan. 2

author: King, Porter, 1824-1890
date: January 2, 1852
extent: 3p
summary: Letter dated January 2, 1852 from Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County, Alabama state legislature's representative, to Callie Lumpkin, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin and King's future wife. King writes to Callie about his deep love for her. Away attending a legislative session, he also states that he cannot wait to get home in order to announce their engagement.

  • Love-letters
  • King, Porter, 1824-1890--Marriage
  • King, Callie, 1826-1905--Marriage
  • Courtship
  • Legislators--Alabama
  • 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: 41
    document: jhl0041

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    Montgomery Jany. [January] 2nd 1852
    My dear Miss Callie,

    I had hoped on last evening, to enjoy this pleasure and had actually begun writing, when Judge Phelan, Moore, Garrott et als came into my room -- Though that disappointment was great, it did not equal the one I experienced, in the morning, on visiting the post office, by finding no letter from you -- How happy would I have been, on the day first -- born of the new year, by the reception of one line from you, my heart's dearest love.

    Since my arrival, I have attended one party -- the Benedict Ball on Tuesday evening -- the ladies were elegantly dressed, played the agreeable to a T, and were, no doubt, captivating to those gents who danced attendance; how could I enjoy the party and you absent? with you by my side, I, the proudest and happiest man, would have promenaded "Estelle Hall" -- your friend Col. [unclear text: Seibels] would frequently during the evening, say to me "Cheer up, fly round the girls, I wont [won't] tell Miss C" -- little did he know, what a thrill of joy would dart through my breast, on the mentioning of that sweet name Miss Callie -- With Miss Wellborn I past [passed] the greater part of the evening -- we talked of you and Lid -- she is a great part of the evening - she is a great admirer of yours and I pronounce her a charming little girl -- Mrs Ware inquired particularly

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    and rather knowingly after Miss C 's movements -- Does she know your secret? I gave her your letter, but have received no package for you --

    The House of Rep. [Representatives] on yestarday [yesterday] passed a resolution fixing the ninth day of Feby [February] for a final adjournment I wish so much the ninth had passed, then would I be near the consummation of my heart's warmest desire -- in a few days I would hope, proudly before the world to acknowledge and claim you as my bride -- Sincerely do I hope, my dear Miss Callie, you will lend a willing ear to my request and make me blissful, by consenting to become, immediately after the adjournment, my dear charming, little wife -- That I love you devotedly, with my entire heart, you have every reason to believe; that I hold a position in your confiding heart, for worlds, I would not doubt -- Why then should two loving hearts, be kept long apart? Would that I could resign my greatness and fly to your dear presence

    My love to all. For the present, my dearest love, adieu --

    I am devotedly your
    [Signed] Porter
    -- I enclose the head-ache [headache] receipt, given by the druggist I sincerely hope you may never have an occasion to bring it in requisition -- Have you received a letter forwarded by me from this place, also a paper containing a notice of the Ball?

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