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Letter: to Julia [Ann DuBose Toombs], 1862 Mar. 22

date: March 22, 1862
author: Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885
extent: 6p
summary: Toombs, representative in the Georgia House of Representatives (1837-1843), in the U.S. Congress (1845-1853) and Senate (1853-1861), briefly discusses his correspondence with his wife. He then turns to martial matters, noting the recent Confederate retreat, the health of his troops, and his distate at possibly being offered the position of [Confederate President] Davis' chief clerk; he expresses irritated sympathy for Davis. Discussing domestic issues, Toombs advises his wife of the care of their crops, their finances, and the upkeep of their home. In noting that his wife's brother has died, he shares her sadness. He closes with more than his usual affection for her, their family, and their friends.
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collection: Robert Toombs, letters to Julia Ann DuBose Toombs

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Camp near Orange [unclear text: C.H.] Saturday the 22nd March 1862
My Dear Julia,

Yesterday & to day [today] I recd [received] your letters of the 6th llth & 13th Inst. [Instant] The last through Mr Browne, I have written you one or two letters (two I think) since those you received & sent you two telegraffs [telegraphs], We have finally stopped our retreat at This place, but how long I do not know, but think from appearances it may be some Time, The weather is very bad, raining constantly & the men with but few tents, but they have kept their health remarkably well considering the circumstances, My own has been generally pretty good Tho' [Though] I have [added text: not] recovd [recovered] from my cough as fast as I hoped to do. Edwin Anthony & his party of recruits reached here yesterday. I did see him, being absent from Camp, but Dudley & the Staff [illegible text] them all [unclear text: week] . As to your expectations of my being in Richmond I thought I had been very explicit on that point. I would not be Mr Davis Chief Clerk, his secretary

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of war can never be any thing [anything] else. I told my friends in Richmond to spare me the necessity of declining it if they found it in contemplation, I have not heard that they had any occasion to interfere. We have got to win our independence in spite of the gov. [government] of Mr Davis & we will do it, & the war will end with him the most unpopular man in the Republic. So far as I am concerned he will never give me a chance for personal distinction, He Thinks I pant for it -- poor fool! I want nothing but the defeat of the public enemy & to retire with you for the balance of my life, in peace & quiet in any decent corner of a free country.

It may be his injustice may drive me from the army, but I will [added text: not] quit it until after a great victory in which I shall have had The opportunity of doing Some thing [Something] for the country -- The day after Such an event I will retire if I live through it. I have grievances enough now to quit, but I shall abide my time.

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I get along very well with the army. I have not seen Johnson but once, he was polite & clever, G. W. Smith I see every day, he is a first rate gentleman & good officer.

I hear from Stephens constantly but from no body else in Richmond.

I expect you will find your hands full in getting things in order on The lot & farm, but it is extremely important to your comfort that you should do so, The garden & fruit are great additions to family comfort & every effort should be made to put them in the best condition, you will of course have a house full while at home & must do the best by them you can -- But do not make yourself a slave to young peoples comfort. I find they are but too willing to accept the servitude of all who will stand it. Govern your own household yourself, & according to your own wishes --

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I hope very much to see you this summer & shall certainly not object to you joining me anywhere or at any time that you are safe & it is possible for me to be with you & wherever I may be I shall expect at all events to see you before the 1st July. Tell Gabe I do not care to change my crop -- I wish to raise an abundant fruit & [unclear text: rice] crop & then as much cotton as I can, He may find it to his advantage to plant more corn as he can sell at Columbus. But Brownes & Chambers policy is foolishness -- as to the [unclear text: upkeep] & care of my house I can not afford it The officers charge me full rent for upkeep and if I have nothing behind me, I will have no debts if I can help [added text: it] -- We must use care -- design to prevent fire but if it comes let it come, -- take it as one of the inflictions of providence. We can use a smaller house if need be, & perhaps with equal comfort & happiness. I should hate to lose my books & papers, but, if it

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must come, let it come -- I have "a heart for every fate" -- I am glad you wrote to Mr Dowell, I have not heard a word from either of them since I saw them, & do not know when they killed my meat -- what success they had in saving it, events of the utmost importance to me, I hope if you or Gabe hear anything about it you will let me know -- you will be short at home soon & if I have any to spare down There I want to send for it. I was very sorry to hear of your brother Edwin's death, but I must say I looked for it & strongly advised him against going west, It was the greatest possible mistake ever looking [illegible text] to the benefit of his family -- I often think of the dear little children in connection of him & friends, You & I are getting along in the world & can go out of it with but few regrets, but These little innocents have every thing [everything] at stake in this mighty contest. Grandfather

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father, near relatives, fortune all prevailed perhaps upon one great battle -- The best we can do for them & ourselves is to do our whole duty with undaunted spirits, You say you pray for me daily I need it, put it in your prayers that if it be the will of God that I shall fall a sacrifice [deleted text: to] [added text: in] this great conflict that I may meet it, as becomes a gentleman That I shall struggle to do.

I have dreamed of you almost nightly for the last two weeks, more I think than I ever did in my life but I can not [cannot] say with the song that "even in dream to be blessed in so sweet that I ask for no more" . For in very truth I do want something more -- I will write to Gabe today or to-morrow [tomorrow] if possible My best love to Sallie & The little children, [unclear text: Clera] Julia & her baby & Gabe & his children & accept for yourself the whole heart of

Your husband
[Signed] Toombs

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