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Elizabeth Huntington to Edward Huntington, Dec. 19, 1842


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Elm Valley – Dec. 19th 1842 – Monday –

Dear Edward, I have been for an hour or two, debating this question in my own mind, whether I had better write you a few lines by Theodore, or not. I have been strongly influenced to do it, for ever since I made you my long visit, I have been writing to tell you how much I enjoy it, and how many pleasing thoughts I have had since, in recollecting it. But there are on the other hand some considerations, which make it rather hazardous to attempt writing. It seems to be a stormy time with the correspondences of our family- hardly a letter passes in which there are not some expressions which give offense or at least uneasiness; and it is not improbable that I who am zealous in the use of Eternal Peace, may be so unhappy as to injure the feelings of some individuals to whom I write. Offenses given by writing are the cause of peculiar evils. In conversation a word spoken inadvertently, if it injures the feelings, may be so explained, as to leave no unfavorable implications; but if such things are written, there must of necessity be an interval of time, in which the trouble will remain, and the feelings of concern be disturbed. I come then to this conclusion, that when we write to our friend we had much better write in such a manner as to increase rather than diminish their comfort. On Saturday morning I went with your father (who was going to Deerfield) to Northampton, and stayed at Charles' till yesterday after meeting – when I returned with Bethia and Frank – Theodore taking his turn in staying at home. Elizabeth was pretty near sick the night she came from Cabotville, but with good nursing and the blessing of heaven, she has become quite comfortable again. Your uncle has been in this evening to send to you by Theodore a formal tho verbal invitation to Caroline’s wedding, which they intend to have celebrated next week tuesday evening - - come if you can, it need not take you more than twenty four hours – most affectionately yours and Helens,


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