Letter from Marcia Armstrong Seward to William Henry Seward, January 29, 1825

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Letter from Marcia Armstrong Seward to William Henry Seward, January 29, 1825
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1825-01-29

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Letter from Marcia Armstrong Seward to William Henry Seward, January 29, 1825

action: sent

sender: Marcia Seward
Birth: 1794-07-23  Death: 1839-10-28

location: New York, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: jaa 

revision: crb 2018-10-22

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New York Jan. 29th 1825
My Dear brother
I came to acknowledge the
receipt of three letters since your brother
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24

left home for the Country Dated Jan 12th 21st 25th
It is now 11 days since he left me he has gone
on business for Mr Steward
Birth: 1777-04-04 Death: 1854-12-19
to , Philips-
burgh
and Tuttletown he will be absent four or
five days longer; should he stay any more
than the days set I am sure, yes verily I am
certain that he will find his wife insane on
his return — O that cruel, cruel Steward to be the
destroyer of my happiness for two long weeks
It is true I am happy in haveing the society of
My Mother
Birth: 1756-02-16 Death: 1830-12-22
and children
x Birth: 1821  Death: 1825-04-08  Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08 
who are exceedingly
dear to me, but there is no mortal, nor mortals
that can make up for the absence of my Jennings
As I know little of the Library (except that the President
Birth: 1773-06-25 Death: 1866-01-25

has collected 700 dollars) and less of the Law business I
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will leave those letters for my better half to
answer and attend to that concerning sister Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21

I should regret your loss very much were it not
that I trust your happiness will be prolonged
by what I should term a misfortune did you not
tell me Henry when we were on our way to Goshen
that you sincerely believed that children would
make you miserable – You are now safe, and re-
remember that it depends entirely upon your
own dear self whether you shall be happy or wretche
Take heed to your ways; and lay no charge to your wife
My Dear Frances I am sorry to hear of your ill-
ness, but rejoice that you are so comfortable
keep good courage my dear this is but a faint
emblem of what a married life will produce – I
fear for your constitution, you are but delicate
and such hopes are exceedingly destructive – Henry
certainly ought to have taken better care of you
Pollydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
will accompany Jennings home and
may be Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
too I hope she will she is a dear
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good sister and I know she loves Canfield
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
; but he
falters– The prattling of the children sets me half
wild it is saturday, and no school – You will
please give my love to Grand Ma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
, aunt Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

Cousin Zazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
(as the the children say) and excerpt
a share of my best love for your dear consort
and self
Your affectionate sister – Marcia
The children send a kiss to the aunties
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Wm. H. Seward Esq.
Auburn
N.Y.
New York
JAN 29
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Marcia Seward
Jan 27th
1825