Did Emma ask for teaching advice? In this next letter Chester answers her last letter with a poem. Who is Billy B.? I wonder if he is a made up person.
Walton December 31, 1869
Your note I got in course of time
I’ll try and answer it in rhyme
I’m teaching as I said before
Five weeks I’ve taught and even more.
First you wished my love to share
(I’ve seen of course your curly hair)
I crown’d your wishes with success
Then all you’d have and nothing less.
Of Etiquette you next complain
Then say you’ll ask it not again.
My letters then someone may see
Are you afraid of Billy B.++++?
You say you had to do my will
That is, the laws of school fulfill
And write of course a composition
Against your will and disposition.
Now in teaching if e’er you do,
Remember this tis ever true
If one breaks o’er the laws you make
That liberty they all will take.
You need not tell me how you’ve done
In time that’s past, with teachers gone
I judge by this ’tis true you’ll find
“As the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.”
I’ve said enough, I’ll close this strain.
I hope I’ve given you no pain.
But never let your pupils rule
If order you’d maintain in school.