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Letter: Washington, D.C., to Julia [Ann DuBose Toombs], 1850 Aug. 29

date: August 29, 1850
author: Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885
extent: 3p
summary: In this Aug. 29, 1850 letter, Robert Toombs, representative in the Georgia House of Representatives (1837-1843), in the U.S. Congress (1845-1853) and Senate (1853-1861), tells his wife, Julia Ann DuBose Toombs, of the uncertainty of the mail system and of the storm that recently hit. He tells her of various political happenings, including Jenkins' nomination for secretary and the territorial issues before the Senate. He spends nearly a page expressing his love for his wife, a love that makes him more inclined to return home to be with her than to continue to fulfill his political duties. As he ends, he informs his wife he's just heard of the flood that has destroyed the North Carolina Railroad bridge, which will delay the mail even more. He sends his love to many family members, including his brother Gabriel and family, and his daughters Louisa and Sallie; and, of course, he leaves the better part of his affection for his wife.
repository: Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries
collection: Robert Toombs, letters to Julia Ann DuBose Toombs

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Washington D.C. Aug [August] 29th. 1850
My Dear Julia,

This makes the fourth night we are without a Southern mail & we begin to fear some accident may have happened to the Wilmington & Charleston boats, The storm was severe here on Saturday night, but not so bad as the July storm that you will remember flooded us. The Telegraph [Telegraph] is also interrupted I have been trying to hear from Jenkins for the last two days & have not. I had a conference with the President yesterday about the vacant secretaryship, & the result was he authorized me to offer the place to Mr. Jenkins for him. I can not hear from him to know whether he will [deleted text: take] accept it or not. We have before us the whole of the Territorial questions & shall probably pass or reject them in a few days, or at most [added text: in] a week

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I am greatly in hopes we shall not pass over them without final action of some sort, for if we can get ridd [rid] of them I shall have nothing to prevent my leaving here at the time appointed, I shall come any how , but I am anxious to have nothing embarrassing me here, I begin to be more anxious to see you than to save the Republic, Such is a sweet womans [woman's] fascination over men's hearts! The old Roman Anthony Threw away an Empire rather than abandon the charms of his lovely Cleopatra, & the world for near twenty Centuries have called him a fool for it, I begin to think he was the wiser of the two & that the world was the fool & not him. [deleted text: I begin to think] [added text: And that] he was a sensible man, after all & that the world was well lost for love; I can imagine nothing in this world that I would take in exchange for the sweet embraces of my own fine, warm hearted, lovely wife- When shall I enjoy them? I hope before the next full

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of the moon. We have nothing of news here, & when I begin writing to you I can think of nothing but yourself.

We hear tonight [tonight] that a great flood & storm has carried away the bridges on the North Carolina Rail road & if so we shall be interrupted in our mail arrangements for several weeks yet. Tell Lou & Sallie to write me & give love to them & [unclear text: Ples] & Gabriel & family

I send you a good hearty kiss

Yours [unclear text: as] truly as ever
[Signed] Toombs

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