In this Dec. 28, 1853 letter, written strictly for his wife, Julia Toombs, Robert Toombs, representative in the Georgia House of Representatives (1837-1843), in the U.S. Congress (1845-1853) and Senate (1853-1861), pours out his grief at the unexpected death of his friend, Mr. Pope. Toombs writes it from Mobile, where Pope's estate, Citronell, was located. Toombs accompanies Pope's remains to a steamer, which would transport them to their last resting place. He tells his wife how he steals away to a secluded corner of the boat to grieve privately. He mourns the loss of one of the world's great men, and laments the deplorable financial state Pope left his family in, telling his wife he wished Pope had come to him for assistance while still living. A lawyer, Toombs was remaining in Alabama to settle Pope's estate. He closes with quiet affection for his wife and family.
Digital image and transcription of original manuscript, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 2001, as part of GALILEO.
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