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[Benjamin Franklin] Butler to Harriet Allen, 3 December 1816

My dear Girl, 

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 hardly had time to think of you, much less to attempt an answer to your last. And to day business has been so pressing that I have been obliged to abandon the idea of writing you till Thursday or friday. I have just been called on to prepare the proceedings of the Electoral College, and must do it to night. It will take till late. So that I must bid you an affectionate good night. My Dear Harriet believe that I love you with all my heart, that you are the only object of its attachment & that you shall always always retain it, though I am not able to say more than farewell. 

Butler

PS. Majr. Swift is here. I will write by him. I am in a confounded hurry. 

Another P.S. I have written a private letter to Capt Coffin. If you should see Mrs. Coffin, find out whether she know any thing about it, and how it was received by Capt. C. at the same time give her my love. Don't let ^the^ Capt. know any thing about it. Dear Dear Dear Dear Girl (I have got time enough yet to say that) goodnight. I am half crazy as well as "in love", worse than you. But if I dont seal this rascally scrawl, I shall be ruined. Adieu. The mail closes at 10, & it wants <out> 5 minutes of it. Read this if you can. Good night. 

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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)