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Letter: to Callie [King], Athens, [Georgia], 1856 Oct. 19


author: King, Porter, 1824-1890
date: October 19, 1856
extent: 2p
summary: On October 19, 1856, while travelling in a stagecoach to Selma, Alabama, Porter King, lawyer, future judge and Perry County representative to the Alabama legislature, writes a letter to his wife Callie King, daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. King, as he tells his wife in the letter, is worried about their son Joseph but does not think he could assist in Joseph's recovery. Callie and Joseph are in Athens, Georgia. King reports that while on his travels, he met Miss Nelson and Mr. and Mrs. Price in [Union Point, Georgia?], and that they will continue together to Selma.

subjects:
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: 62
document: jhl0062




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Sunday Oct [October] 19th 1856
My dearest Callie,

I reached Montgy [Montgomery] this morning after the most disagreeable night's ride I ever had -- seven cars full of -- from the Atlanta meeting, drunk, noisy &c [et cetera] On getting out of the car at West point to change over I was thoroughly chilled -- but worse than all my heart was in Athens with Callie and Joe -- never dearest wife [deleted text: I] have I left you with so sad a heart never have I so longed to be with you to love you, to aid you in watching and nursing our dear little boy -- I have strong hope he will recover God grant my hopes may be realized -- I feel that Joe will be better nursed without me than with me, but I think I could aid and relieve you more than any one else --

I see from a Marion paper that [unclear text: Joddan] the P. M [Prime Minister] is dead -- that


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Judge [illegible text] & son of Mobile were drowned in the bay whilst fishing --

I met with Mr & Mrs Price & Miss Nelson of the Canebrake at Union Point, also Elliott & family of Eutaw, we all take the stage in a few minutes for Selma -- I dread the river -- the river is still down, there having been no rain since we passed through --

I have staid [stayed] in my room all day trying to rest, but my mind has been with my darlings --

Be of good cheer, dearest -- write daily to him who loves you with his entire heart --

devotedly your
[Signed] Porter --


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