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Caroline Hyde Butler Laing1839-04-29Edward ButlerNorthampton, MA42.3250896-72.6412013My dear Edward,----- Since Hunt's return I have heard nothing from you and don't know but you forget that anybody here cares for your welfare and happiness. I wish you would write oftener, even if you have nothing to say, for it makes the days pass off much pleasanter when I hear more frequently from you. We have all been well since my-- 64 --last of Sunday week. The vacation for Theodore is ended, and altho' he looks yellow and sickly, I think he is pretty well. At least I do not feel as if we need apprehend any more difficulty from his head, his complaints are more bilious. Edward is much better of his lameness, yet limps about a little. Hunt Mills is very well and as boisterous as one of the gales we felt off the Cape. Sarah, I believe, is writing you.--- There is now to be a vacation of four weeks at Miss Dwights 23 --- do you think it advisable for Sarah to commence the next term and shall I continue her musick lessons from Miss Bull? I wish to be guided by your opinion in these things. She is now, you know, fifteen years old, and what she learns must now be learned quickly, or she will feel herself too old to attend school. If our situation is such that we can afford it, I would like to keep her six months longer at Miss D----- s, attending to her studies as usual, musick, etc. and then give her six months instruction elsewhere under some good instructor as a finish. I hope she may be old enough now, and have sense enough to improve her advantage -- much money has been lavished upon her education, and she has not certainly improved them as she ought. There are but few girls I believe that do appreciate their time of learning. I trust wisdom will come with years. Nothing but application is wanted, she has talents if she would apply as she ought. A letter from you of sober reasoning on the importance of study and improvement, would, I think, do her much good. [See Thomas Butler's letter to his daughter, Caroline, at the age of fifteen.]--- The weather is terrible today, cold, snowing and hailing. This month, until yesterday, has been really delightful, very warm. We need as large a fire as in December. --- our wood will but just hold out, it has done well. We have fresh shad for dinner -- not the first time however. I suppose you have dined off ducks and green peas ere this. If Morris 24 is yet in New York, give my love to him, and tell him I wish to see him more than I can express, and would give more for one hour's chat with him, than anybody else I know, yourself excepted. I don't know either about excepting even you -- ahem --.Ma' is very well and sends her love, as do the children, adding kisses.Most affly yoursCaroline