Toombs, representative in the Georgia House of Representatives (1837-1843), in the U.S. Congress (1845-1853) and Senate (1853-1861), laments his exile, especially in celebrating the New Year so far from home. He tells his wife he's been hoping to hear of her safe arrival in New York. He explains his hopeful plans for travel from Europe back to the New World, noting the political complications in Spain and France, and the complications of disease in the Caribbean, affecting his itinerary. He updates his wife on his health, and then closes the letter for the day. He begins again the next, expressing concern that he has not yet heard of his wife's arrival. He discusses their friends in Paris, the Burts, the Breckinridges, the Lawtons, and the Fergusons. He tells of his thwarted travel plans and of his meeting their old acquaintance Milton Browne. He closes with even more than his usual affection, naming many family members and friends.
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