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Letter: Washington, D.C., to Julia A[nn DuBose] Toombs, Washington, Georgia, 1851 Jan. 3

date: January 3, 1851
author: Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885.
extent: 3p
summary: In this Jan. 3, 1851 letter to his wife, Julia Ann DuBose Toombs, Robert Toombs, representative in the Georgia House of Representatives (1837-1843), in the U.S. Congress (1845-1853) and Senate (1853-1861), opens by discussing his and his wife's health. He then describes the comings and goings of their friends the Burts and Dawsons. His daughter Sallie has evidently desired to join a church in Georgia, and Toombs tells his wife that, for him, Sallie is free to decide for herself. The last item he discusses is his wife's and daughter Louisa's upcoming visit. He closes briefly but with affection for all.
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. Jany [January] 3rd 1851
My Dear Julia

I received your letter of the 29th Nov. [November] to day [today] and am sorry to hear you are suffering with cold, I have been more troubled with one myself since I reached here than I have been for several years, I have kept in pretty close to day [today] & this evening it seems to be decidedly improving. Mr Burt has come on & left Mrs Burt at home, he will return with me next week & bring on Mrs Burt about the 10th of January- I think now I shall be able to leave here next Friday the 12th of Jany [January] & reach home Monday morning thereafter. Mr Dawson will also go with me Mrs Wingfield (the old Lady) has died since he left, he had to return home to attend to his household affairs -- As to Sallie joining the church on the 14th Inst , I am content if she desires & you wish it- My opinions about revivals to which you refer, have been long formed & much

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strengthened by my experience in the world but I am not at all solicitous that they should be the rule of any body's [anybody's] conduct but my own, I have therefore endeavored to stand upon the great protestant principle, in matters of [illegible text] of judging for myself & allowing all others to do the same. "The judge of the Earth will do right" at the final hearing.

Mr Stephens, Mr Dawson, Mr Pearce of Maryland & myself are living in Mess together & are quite comfortable, Old Mr. [unclear text: Espy] eats with us & a clergyman & his wife & the family of Mr. Duncan, So that when you & Lou come we shall be quite full -- Mr Burt wants quarters with us for himself & wife, but there is no room unless Mr Stephens goes out of the house to take rooms, We are comfortable, the table fair, & rates moderate- The hotels are poor sorry company, & exorbitant rates so that both on the fear of comfort & convenience [added text: & economy] . I am well satisfied with my quarters at present --

I have no news as I have not been out visiting since I wrote you before, My love to all

Yours truly as ever
[Signed] Toombs

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R Toombs
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Mrs Julia A. Toombs

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