Letter from George Washington Seward to Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield, April 21, 1827

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Letter from George Washington Seward to Louisa Cornelia Canfield, April 21, 1827
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Date:1827-04-21

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Letter from George Washington Seward to Louisa Cornelia Canfield, April 21, 1827

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sender: George Seward
Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Unknown
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transcription: ekk 

revision: ekk 2016-03-17

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Auburn April 21st 1827
My Dear Sister,
I received your good long letter this morning
and you do not know how much it did gratified me
when since I have been here I have written half
a dozen letters and yours is the only one I have
received except Pa
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
’s, which contained no news
of much consequence. But you are mistaken
about my being a little homesick for I have not
yet known it. I have not yet had a contest
with Grandma
Birth: 1778-10-16 Death: 1811-02-22
it has so far been confined to
the Judge
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
and Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
.
I am glad to hear of Sally Gurnee
Birth: 1806-12-18 Death: 1875-07-10
’s leaving home,
Together with Mr. Weisner
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and Lady
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I should be
glad to see them. For I have been looking out for
Orange Folks but have seen none yet, I shall cer-
tainly go out and see her some time in May[ . ]
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Your are sure enough losing the Girls, well perhaps
they are in pursuit of some bargain, I don’t know
that Auburn would give much encouragements[ . ]
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They are a plenty of both sexes.
Then Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
the busy body has scalled her foot
but I suppose that she has got over it by this time
it will therefore do know no good for me to pity.
It has hurt my feeling to think that you suppose
I have no feelings for a young Lady that is sick.
I can say that I am sorry, for I dont like to see any
person sick and particularly a young Lady. I hope
she will soon get over it.
I have no doubt the news of Mrs Cummins
Birth: 1781-07-13 Death: 1832-08-08Certainty: Probable
Sister
Birth: 1783Certainty: Probable

was afflicting ^to^ the family and So Schuyler
Birth: 1810-02-02 Death: 1888-02-01Certainty: Possible
has
been Slandering Mrs Cummins. well I should
consider it the contrary way, for he is not a man
in every sense of the word.
He tried to get another riding party out, before he
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left the village. And going without his sphere, I think
that when I get married the whole fashionable world may
go to kilkenney for all of me. still I am glad that Calvin
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and Locke
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did not show them any civility[ . ]
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he cares no
farther about them, then his own interest.
I am sorry to hear that Mr Gilbert
Birth: 1754-01-31 Death: 1841-02-10Certainty: Probable
is unwell[ . ]
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assure them
of my lasting respects. Hope they will soon get better
I have been glad to have had company, but you can
Assure Miss Maria
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that you is the better for not coming
Then Maria has levied a battery at Polydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
. I think
that Cupid’s ^darts^ will fall harmless at his feet. So Stodden
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and Nathaniel
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has cast of bombshells at them. well
they wont have to fight a hard battle, for them girls are
easy conquered. I did not think that Peter
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wo ^u^ ld get
tired so soon. Who next will he adore.
Well it is most dinner time and I must go[ . ]
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I will resume
my letter again. I have had a good dinner and enjoyed
it very well. I do not think that Mr Fosgate
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11Certainty: Probable
is one of the
best of men as she is the best of women. We have a fine
table, 4 girls and 3 boys Miss Sally Ann Hughes
Birth: 1795 Death: 1837-02-14
and Harriet
Hughes
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with two others whose name I do not yet know
Mr Pugsley
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an excentric genius together with Mr EGS
Martin
Birth: 1808-11-25 Death: 1883-09-19
a Nephew of Judge Troop
Birth: 1784-08-21 Death: 1874-11-01
of Judge Bevers
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a good
fellow[ . ]
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A few evenings ago I called on Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
[ . ]
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she was well
And Dr John G Morgan, who is a full of bows as ever[ . ]
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Auburn will soon get lively an gay[ . ]
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the roads are
getting to livable good. We will be out on horseback
which is a very great amusements here. Perhaps I
mentioned a ride in my other letter which we had[ . ]
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If not I will not tell you that on last Saturday
I received an invitation from Mr A C Pugsley
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to
accompany him and the Miss Dills
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and Miss Seymour
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[ . ]
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we went to Skeneateles, had a pleasant ride, no bone
broke[ . ]
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got home safe, &c &c. he expects to go again this
afternoon.
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Will not your folks conjure up a ride in your village[ . ]
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I expect that you will have enough of it to do when Fran-
ces
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21Certainty: Probable
get among you. I hope you will enjoy yourselfs
But don’t kill my colt for I shall want to see him
when I get home. tell Charles
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to salt him often
and get him gently fit for use.
We have just had a heavy shower. the trees are
budding out, the grass look fine, Nature has revived[ . ]
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I expect that the country look very well, have
you made garden, the Judge has partly.
When the heat of the day is over I take a book or
Paper and read till I go to bed[ . ]
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I have now
got Lord Byron
Birth: 1788-01-22 Death: 1824-04-19
’s Works
Author: George Gordon Byron Publisher: Wm. Borradaile Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1825
[ . ]
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I dont like poetry
much but these I like very
well. I find a great many books
and I shall avail myself of it
And try to cultivate a taste for
reading. They are about estab-
lishing a Debating Society
of which I shall write more by
Henry.
Tell Ma that I shall write to her by Henry, and
also Polydore. But in the meantime commu-
nicate all you can. Give my respects to all.
Give my love to them that out to have it.
Remember get the next Siningschool, for my
thought will be of them.
Well now Sis I have written a long letter and
I shall expect one from you, dont begin half
way down the side of the page thus making
half a page answer for a whole one forgive
my blot _ _ Write me soon. tell me all the news
you can. Believe me to be your affectionate
Brother Washn Seward
Miss Louisa C. Seward
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This morning I took the Liberty of laying in bed longer
then usual, when Henry went to the Post offic and got
you letter and got tired of waiting for me to open it
himself and took the Liberty himself. But he could
not make out any of the Characters, so it was a
blind concern to him, who is Rosetta
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that you make
mention of. How does Julia
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Do, tell her that I have
no one to plague here. Where is little Mary
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, does she
tell stories yet. It is time to quit, So adieu
fare well,
W.S.
Miss Louisa C. Seward
Florida
Orange Ct
NY
AUBURN NY, APR 21
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