Benjamin Franklin Butler Papers (N)

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Mr Coons conduct evinces the most total disregard of all good feelings or principles. If by the time you receive this you have not red. satisfactory accounts from him I wish you would send some capable person out to take possession of all the property there belonging to me & so to dispose of it as will be most to my advantage.
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I was happy to be remembered by you and can assure you I was not less pleased with your letter than I was amused with the lines enclosed. I shall take great pleasure in delivering your message to Mrs. Dunn & Mrs. Gardinier the latter has been spending some time in Kington and I believe is still there. The story goes that a certain Senator’s attention last summer to a certain lady in Market... Continue Reading
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I am a sorry fellow for not sooner acknowledging the obligations I really feel for your last letter. I assure you it gave me great pleasure. Nothing serves so well to season the perpetual gossip & perpetual dissipations of this Sodom as an occasional letter from a kind hearted & sensible female friend. Christina writes me occasionally & Mrs. Taylor commenced a correspondence with me... Continue Reading
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I am gratified to perceive that you take so considerable an interest in the case of young O <Sullivan>. He is one of the <illegible> & worthiest youths I ever knew. Gov Dickerson is a very kind hearted man & will be very ready to all he can possible <to> promote the wishes of your correspondent. It is <illegible> most proper from the <relationship> in which I... Continue Reading
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Your last letter found me in a state of "single blessedness" for the time being, in which I yet continue, my wife having been out of town for more than a fortnight on a visit to her friends & our friends below. I had supposed that Lydia had informed you that the miniatures would not be obtained at Albany, Mr. Ames not taking any thing but portraits and there being no other painter here. I... Continue Reading
I arrived in this place on Thursday from the North, where I have been for the last fortnight, Since my return, I have determined to comply with the request of your people to remain among them one year. It will be necessary for me to go to NYork to make some preparations. I preach here [tom]orrow & on Tuesday I shall take the [sta]ge for Albany where I shall ^be^ that Evening. I will call at... Continue Reading
Mr. <Steer> has arrived this moment (6 oclock P.M.) I had actually engaged & paid for my seat, but must now remain until I have finished my business with him. Need I say that it will give me great very great pain to disappoint you? I can not help it, dear Harriet, I assure you. I have no doubt that I shall be ready to leave by Monday afternoon if there is any conveyance, but I may... Continue Reading
My Rhode Island character has not yet arrived, nor do I know that he will be here before I shall leave. I shall remain here until Monday and return in that days stage, as he might come on Friday or Saturday. The ride from Sandy Hill on Tuesday was not very pleasant only one passenger a gentleman from Ticonderoga. I have done little or nothing since I have been here, but hear & talk about... Continue Reading
After waiting two or three hours for the Boat, I am at last in sight of Kinderhook. I shall stop there, but you may rest assured that my stay will not be long. As soon as I can leave it, I shall speed my course to Hudson to meet once more with my dear ever dear Harriett. I hope it may be tomorrow, at all events, on Wednesday. 
I have been somewhat fearful this evening, that the Wednesday Boat might speed her course to the South, without conveying you a letter. I did think that the indispensable employments of the office would compel me to forego the pleasure of fulfilling any engagements. And if had failed in writing you would you not have attributed it, at once, to indifference or inattention? I am rather suspicious ... Continue Reading
Before I bid you "good evening" let me mention that at this moment it is but 8 o.clock. So that you need not be under any apprehensions that I am sacrificing health to pleasure, or early hours to her, for whom I would willingly forego them all. I am much, very much, astonished at the conduct of Mr. O, not that I am surprised to hear that he "behaved very little like a Gentleman," for I would not ... Continue Reading
You was right in supposing that I would have been much disappointed if Mrs Van Buren had not brought me a letter. And I assure you I was much better pleased with your short note (I believe you will permit me to call it a note) than I should have been with a full sheet from any other person. No matter in how great a hurry you tell me the delightful tale, I am always happy to receive the assurance... Continue Reading
I received yours by Mr. Olcott, and I assure you that it gave me as much pleasre as if you had been a whole day in writing to me. Instead of being a letter not "fit to be read" it was read over two or three times immediately after its receipt, & several times afterwards. I hope you will often give me letters of the same kind. I have been so constantly engaged for these two days that I have... Continue Reading
If you expect to be scolded at, you will be disappointed. I shall do no such thing. I hardly ever do it towards any person but what I am sorry for it, and ^as to^ you I am sure I should wish to recal the words before they could reach their destination. I received your letter, on Sunday, just as I had deposited the other in the Post Office. To be sure when I read the first part, I was amased at... Continue Reading
I presume that by this time you are safely restored to your own home, and by tomorrow I calculate to receive a letter written at the office, a place which in days of yore was the seat of legal information, but has now become the court of the <muses> & the retirement of love. The complaints of the client are exchanged for those of a "fond believing, love sick maid" and instead of... Continue Reading
I have no doubt that you are ready to give me a severe scolding for my long silence, and I am almost willing to confess that I deserve it. Business must be my apology, & if possible, my excuse. I reached Albany on Saturday about 11 almost exhausted by the fatigue of travelling in a bad conveyance under a hot Sun. On Monday I intended to write you but I found as I generally do after an absence... Continue Reading
I am now amply compensated for all the anxiety I have felt, for I have four letters lying on my table & all of them unanswered. The two first I received on Sunday morning, just as I was going to Church. I merely looked at the date to be assured of your health, was relieved from my apprehensions & kept them until evening when I read them with great delight. Mr. Stanton handed me another... Continue Reading
No oyer of the Bond was filed with the Judgment Record in the case of Van Bergen vs. Keys. The proceedings not being in debt but for money borrowed. But I saw the wrt. of atty which ^is^ unquestionably witnessed by the same witness to the Bond. William Van Bergen is the witness to the wrt. of attorney.  I paid Mr. C. the amount of his a/c $89.25. I have been very busy since you left here have... Continue Reading
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You are unquestionably entitled to costs on every bond now in your hands, and so I intended to charge every person who called for settlement. But I will issue writs for ^upon^ all except three or four against some Lawyers in that county & a when I have more leisure file bills agt. them. The New York cause has long since been noticed for trial. The notes of issue have not been sent to the... Continue Reading
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I send the certificate in Dentons case having been fortunate enough to find the Bill of Mr. <Henry's> & the answers among the rubbish of the Registers office. But you will see that the exact amount paid for the Judgment of Van Schaack is not set forth in the answers. I will send the order of Reference & the subpoenas on Friday, the order not being yet made out. The Jamesville people... Continue Reading
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As I gave you fair notice of my intention of adressing you, I hope you will not be surprised at the receipt of this. I found your friends, and my friends, in good spirits, gay, pleasant & agreeable as ever. Olcott & myself spent the ^last^ evening with them at Mrs. Ten Eycks, very agreeably, I assure you. Miss Edmonds & Miss O under the protection of the man of war, Majr. Swift, left... Continue Reading
I was very agreeably surprised, on finding our dear friend, your ma, at <meeting> yesterday morning. I spent the last evening with her, and am commissioned to inform you that she will remain here 'till Wednesday. Don't be frightened. She will positively go down with the girls on that day. Laura begged, Jane said she would stay, Mrs Jenkins intreated, Judge S. consented, and between all,... Continue Reading
I wrote you yesterday by Miss Olcott, but as I had a great many things to say to you, I intentionally avoided saying any thing more of your letter by Laura, than that I had received it. But now permit me to express if I can how much I am indebted to you. Never did any thing of the kind afford me such heartfelt pleasure. The unreserved, frank, and manly expression of your affection, almost... Continue Reading
Enclosed is the bill of W. W. & T. L. Chester for floor covering. The money was to be sent on its arrival. As you have no funds in the Mechanick's & F. Bank, will you forward them a check on the Hudson Bank, payable to the order of W. W. & T. Chester, as they have requested? S. Allen yesterday shewed me a written Opinion of Mr. Emmett, agreeing with yours on the subject of the... Continue Reading
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I received your note by Bingham and intended to have written you by him. I told him so and he engaged to be the bearer of my letter. Olcott also wrote, but he disappointed us both. I was not much pleased with him before, for having taken it into his head for the first time in his life, to be in a prodigious hurry, just as the best girl in the world was writing a few lines to her truest and most... Continue Reading
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Your letter by Mr. Stanton came in good time. It was received with the greatest pleasure. And I can assure you that I needed it. For the last two or three days I had been considerably disappointed in my expectations of hearing from you. I was vexed with Bingham & angry with myself for not sending my letter by Van Buren. On tuesday I calculated to a certainty upon a letter from my dear H. I... Continue Reading