Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to William Henry Seward, March 19, 1825

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to William Henry Seward, March 19, 1825
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1825-03-19

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to William Henry Seward, March 19, 1825

action: sent

sender: Louisa Canfield
Birth: 1805-10-29  Death: 1839-01-04

location: Goshen, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mah 

revision: crb 2016-01-29

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Goshen March 19th 1825
My dearest Brother
Never was Sister more happy than yours
at this moment to know that you forgive me for my un-
natural suspicions – they were as cruel & unjust as un-
founded – but you are my own dear Henry – my earliest
friend the consoler of all my troubles of all my Brothers
x Birth: 1799-07-02  Death: 1872-04-25  Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07  Birth: 1793-08-23  Death: 1841-02-24 
the
chosen companion & confidante, of this thank Heaven I never
for one moment repented & now tis my sincere desire to
renew that sympathy of feeling which has ever been a source
of so much pleasure to us both, though my heart is
blest in its “kindred spirit yet tis not aleniated from thee
my true Friend. I have come so far with George on his way
to the City where he is to pursue his education under
Proffessor Griscom
Birth: 1774-09-27 Death: 1852-02-26
this Summer – to board with Jennings
the dinner bell rings. Have just come in possession of your
dear precious letter. I would that I could express how happy
it has made – your long silence distress’d us. I am glad to
hear that your dear Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
has recovered tell her how much
I love her – & Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
too I have answered her letter several times
but committed to the flames what I was unworthy her
reading. I will write next week for sure. There is no
news of which I may avail myself to fill up this sheet
oh I beg Phebe’s
Unknown
pardon – was married on Saturday Eve – to
Phebe Armstrong to Delancey Roe
Unknown
– all of Florida,
this has astonished the wondering world, but it has
taken the attention of the multitude from the more private
concerns of your unfortunate Sister.

[left Margin]
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Cornelia Seward
1825

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Matters and things are progressing slowly & securely
my dearest Friend
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
has left Florida for a more advantageous
situation in Jersey. He is all your Sister could desire & much
more than she deserves. I have every reason to believe he regards
me for myself alone & not for the paltry filth which for lack
he is abus’d & insulted, but thank he is above such contempta-
ble means of vengance. He would be compensated for this and
more in my best feelings & sincere love – which he shall ever
possess to the utmost.
Your cousins
x Birth: 1793-04-15  Death: 1871-08-27  Birth: 1794-08-30  Death: 1858-12-31  Birth: 1786-09-17  Death:   Birth: 1782-09-29  Death: 1844-10-29  Birth: 1780-10-05  Death: 1869-06-28 
complain very much of your neglect
of them – remember them dear Henry they have been your
kind Friends & still feel a warm interest in whatever con-
cerns you or yours. Frances has heard from “Cousin John
Birth: 1792 Death: 1859

he has resigned all right & title, & she
Birth: 1796-08-17 Death: 1852-11-11
is quite forlorn
a bird without a mate truly.”
Our Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
has made love all
winter to Mahlon he remembered your advice & has been very
much amused with the old Hags manouvering – they are very
disconsolate since his departure the more so since they do
not believe he is otherwise engaged than to them – all the rest of the
world believe to the contrary. George Wickam
Birth: 1772 Death: 1845-11-16
bores Papa
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
whenever
he has a chance – he is advocate for the Doct C
Unknown

Papa said once – “yes he is a decent man”
this is most too much but I have learned “forbearance
& care return good for evil with a tolerable good grace
you have probably heard of the decease of Archibald
Gamble
Birth: 1781 Death: 1825-03-04
, he [ did ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: died
at Mr Cummins
Birth: 1776-07-15 Death: 1863-01-09
a week since
Mrs Cummins
Birth: 1781-07-13 Death: 1832-08-08
is a little better. Eliza Hilsee
Unknown
is
boarding here & going to school
here – once I would have told you with more interest I had
a beau last week – his visit was announced by a Sermon.

[left Margin] Something new – but Ill tell you the text, “Many Daughters have done virtuously
but thou excellest them all.”
Your affectionate Sister with
best love to all my friends
The good People here heard it was Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
[ insted ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: instead

of Beach
Unknown
who is dead.