Letter: Montgomery, [Alabama] to Callie Lumpkin [King], Athens, [Georgia], 1852 Jan. 29
author: King, Porter, 1824-1890
date: January 29, 1852
summary: Letter dated January 29, 1852 from Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature, to his fianc&eacut;e Callie Lumpkin, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. King writes about the grief of his sister Sarah Goree at the loss of her husband [John R.] Goree. He also writes that 20 or 30 people came to Selma to carry the body back to Marion, [Alabama] for burial. King expresses his love for her and longs to see her as soon as the legislative session ends, at which time he plans to ask for Lumpkin's parents' permission to marry her. He also asks if Lumpkin will receive a black trunk that General King lost and keep it awhile in Athens, Georgia.
- King family
- Goree, John R., 1811-1852--Death and burial
- Alabama--Social life and customs--19th century
- King, Callie, 1826-1905
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)
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Montgomery Thursday morning
Jany [January] 29th 1852 --
My dear Miss Callie,
My first impulse, on reaching the city, is to write a few lines, aknowledging [acknowledging] the receipt of your very kind and most welcome note -- For the very flattering and kind terms in which you, my dearest love, allude to me, I thank you, sincerely do I thank you -- if possible, my dear Miss Callie, are my affections warmer and stronger and deeper for you than ever -- in every line that you write or word that you utter I see something new that is loveable -- that inspires my warmest and sincerest affections -- Why need I repeat to you the tale of my love -- that I love you with my entire heart you already know? But my heart is so filled with love that I can write of nothing else.
I returned this morning about four O'clock from Selma, whither I had gone to meet my distressed and heart -- broken sister -- my feelings on meeting her, and as she leaned upon my shoulder giving vent to [added text: her] grief, I cannot describe -- She had
Page:  [jpg image | djvu image]been with Mr [unclear text: Goree], since the 1st. Jany. [January] he breathed his last calmly in her arms -- Mr. G's [Goree's] friends have every assurance that the change has been for his good -- he was conscious to the last moment and [unclear text: met] the Monster, calmly, composedly, and resignedly -- [unclear text: Nan] & [unclear text: Fee] were in Mobile, so also was Mr. Robt. [Robert] [unclear text: Goree] -- There were some 20 or 30 persons from Marion in. Selma to receive and escort the corpse to Marion -- the death of no man would have [deleted text: casts] cast a greater gloom over our people than has that of Mr. G. [Goree] he was in the noblest sense of the term, an honest man, a good and pure man -- My sister bears her affliction with great fortitude -- she was entirely overcome on meeting me at Selma -- At Selma I saw " [unclear text: Pleas] " from home, he reported all well Muggy was very much distressed -- Aunt Ruthy (Mrs Wiley) and Aunt Margaret (Mrs King) were with her --
A letter from Joe informs me that for the present he has abandoned the idea of living in Selma and that he intends settling on his farm on the river -- I have almost abandoned the idea of [deleted text: [illegible text] ] making so severe a test of " [unclear text: My dearie's] " affection, as the proposition to live in the [unclear text: canebrake] would do -- The more I think of giving up my profession, the more dis-inclined am I to do it -- What says Miss Callie?
I think we will adjourn on the 9th Feby [February] -- my heart beats high with the hope of seeing you soon
Page:  [jpg image | djvu image]listening to [deleted text: [unclear text: your] the soul-cheering tones of your sweet voice and [deleted text: [illegible text] ] [unclear text: claiming] of your parents, as indispensably necessary to "their child's" happiness, their consent to our union --
I have written this in very great haste, measures of the greatest importance coming up this morning in the house and for your sake I desire to be heard on them --
My kindest regards to each member of your father's family -- and believe me
[Signed] Porter --
Will you permit me to escort, a certain Black trunk, that General King lost, to Athens or shall the trunk await some other protection?
The trunk is here, Maj. [Major] [unclear text: Gee] forwarded it the morning after you left Selma --
[Signed] Your Porter --
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