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1842.06.08 - Elizabeth Huntington to Edward Huntington, June 8th, 1842

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1842.06.08 - Elizabeth Huntington to Edward Huntington, June 8th, 1842


Elizabeth starts off her letter to Edward by saying that Edward’s brother Frederic has just surprised them by showing up to the house and is taking a nap on the couch. She then discusses how the people of Hadley talk to much, and this causes unhappiness in society. Elizabeth says how their cousins have reported flattering things of Edward and his wife Helen, and the “domestic happiness” of their house and garden. The subject then switches back to the family staying in Elizabeth’s house; Theophilus has been hosting to some family friends, the family had tea with them, and then Theodore brought them to Northampton. Elizabeth then mentions a journey they took, and instead of talking about the details of that, she decides to get down to the real importance of her letter: butter. Elizabeth explains that she has lent quite a bit of butter to Theodore and only has a couple pounds left of good butter. She discusses some specifics about when and how the butter was made, and criticizes that there isn’t a cash market to sell her butter. Elizabeth concludes her letter by saying she has not forgotten to write Edward a letter, and that she tries to write as frequently as she can. Written in the left margin of the letter, Elizabeth includes a “P.S.” to Edward, asking him to give Helen her kindest regard, and expressing that Bethia will send him some “sweet pea” when she can.


Elizabeth Whiting Phelps Huntington


Porter-Phelps-Huntington Family Papers (Box 12 Folder 5)
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections




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