Do you think Orra, that if you should go up to Harriet’s toward night we would make it so muddy, dark and rainy this evening that it would be impossible for you to get back to night? If such should be your belief I assure you I should be very happy to be place in the same predicament. (after Mr. Eliphalet & wife have gone to bed.) or in other words “I’ll be with you bye & bye”.
P.S. How soon the quarter will be out!
In this love note about a planned meeting later that evening, Edward desires the weather to be so awful that he and Orra might need to remain in each other's company all night. They may have been morally upright young people, but notes such as this one show a willingness to skirt propriety—at least, on Edward's side of the equation.