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B[enjamin] F[ranklin] B[utler] to Harriet [Allen] Butler, 6 May 1822

My dearest Harriet,

Having so many things to do, I am unable to go to N.Y. this morning, shall leave tomorrow, & were it not for my promise to go, should not leave home at this time. The books &c are all moved, and the office in tolerable order, such another job I hope not to have again very soon. You can not conceive how lonesome I have been since you & the dear little chicks left me. Notwithstanding that I have been constantly occupied with a thousand concerns, I have found the time ^to^ pass very unpleasantly. Indeed it is impossible for me to take any pleasure & comfort without you. Therefore as soon as I get back from N.Y. I shall endeavour to get you home again. I am glad to hear that our dear mother is so much better. Heaven grant that she may be restored to health. I shall most probably leave New York on Saturday of this week. Let me know where you will be, whether at K.H. or Hudson. It will be improper for me to ^be^ gone longer, as Mr. Caldwell will probably leave here on ^Monday or^ Tuesday of next week, and I do not like to leave office & house so deserted as they will then be. Besides my business requires my return. Capt Dudly has not arrived I shall leave the keys with Mr. Caldwell & request him to see the things on board. What has been with the old <Cow>? Nothing was said to me about her. I hope you will find yourself contented & pleased during your absence, and as glad to return home, as I am to have you. I have no time to write further this morning. Give my love to all, & kiss the dear little girls a thousand times for dear pa.

Your own ever





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Source: N New York State Library
Collection: Benjamin Franklin Butler Papers (N)
Series: Series 4 (3 December 1821-31 December 1824)