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B[enjamin] F[ranklin] Butler to Harriet Allen, 2 September 1816

My dear Harriett

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. 

Yours

B.F. Butler

P. S. I write this in the forward cabin surrounded by gamblers & cigar smokers. My situation & the want of all the necessary accommodations for writing, must cause this short note. Remember that my heart is always with you tho' I am now unable to express the warmth & ardor with which it beats towards you. 

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Source: N New York State Library
Collection: Benjamin Franklin Butler Papers (N)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)