Letter from Mary Jennings Seward to George Washington Seward, December 31, 1827

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Letter from Mary Jennings Seward to George Washington Seward, December 31, 1827
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1827-12-31

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Letter from Mary Jennings Seward to George Washington Seward, December 31, 1827

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sender: Mary Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27  Death: 1844-12-11

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

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revision: ekk 2016-03-17

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Florida Decm 31st 1827
My Dear Son G,
Your favour of the 8th Instant came
to hand only last Wednesday. I had almost though you had
forgot you had a Mother but I am so willing to think
the best that as soon as I read its contents I forgot
all my hard feelings ---My Dear G if you knew
how much I think of a few lines you would certainly
improve every opportunity I am as lonely as if I had
no friends it is now eight months since your Sister
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04

left home it apearse to me sometimes as if I could not
stand it---Did Cor know my feelings on the subject
perhaps she would feel different than she does at
present but I dont wish her to known anything
about my feelings I will never give her one pang
unnecessary I woud do her any kindness in my power
rathe than hurt her feelings---But O O how
hard to have her torne away from a mother that
loves her so Dearly.
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Dear Georg you tell me you are pleasd with the
Episcopalian Church it is no matter what a person
is cald or what we call ourselves the great object is
to live up to our profession. The Doctrines of
the Episcoppal as far as I am a Judg is very pure
only live up to those rules I think you will
enjoy a Quiet Conference & be a good member
of Society but sure & undefiled Religion is
the only thing that can make a person happy
in this ^life^ & the next.
I do sincerely hope
that you will make it the object of your purpose
it takes no time it cost no money it breaks no
rest & there is nothing in life so pleasant to the
feelings as to think I am in the Path of Duty
Dear Wn perhaps you will never have so
leisure a time again as the presint to read &
meditate & think of things of Futurity
& that you may improve those priveledg
is the earnest prayer of your
Affectionate Mother
GWS
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Different in instruments & play very butifull
tonight they have a great syrranade.
I am sincerely afraid that you will be so
mortified when you read this scrawl you will never
wish me to write again if so you must tell
so when you write again. Do write s[ oon ]
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& tell me how is Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Granma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
Aug
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
[ ustus ]
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and all the Family---
Locky
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14
sends her love to F C and
Yourself & mine to the whole lot
Tell Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
a letter from him wou ^l^ d
be very acceptable ----Burn this letter
up as soon as you read it without fail
Tell Miss Miller
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
Mr Vail
Birth: 1771 Death: 1851-10-14Certainty: Probable
has got a new
wig and looks as young as if he was only 30
years old
Mary Seward
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Geo W Seward Esqr
Auburn
Cayuga County
N York
Florida
Dec 31
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George Seward

Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
Mary Seward