In this Jan. 12, 1867 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 of certain letters he has received from his brother and from General Smith, regarding his return from exile in Europe. He describes the recent political difficulties of President Johnson that might prevent his anticipated return; he is not sure whether to go to Canada or Cuba. He informs his wife of his imminent plans for departure, discusses his health, and asks her to write to him at Havana as soon as she receives this letter. From Havana, he will go to New Orleans. He is content to risk prison by returning because he wants to see home again so badly. If New Orleans proves too dangerous, he will go to Canada. Toombs discusses their friends in Paris, the Breckenridges, the Burts, and the Lawtons. He ends the letter but picks it up again the next day, telling his wife he is prepared to leave for Havana. He updates her on his health, expresses his joy at looking forward to seeing them so soon, tells her he has sent some important papers to his brother, and quickly closes the letter.
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