Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, February 22, 1829

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, February 22, 1829
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1829-02-22

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, February 22, 1829

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: nrs 

revision: obm 2016-12-06

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Sunday 22d
My Dear Henry, I received an an unfinished letter of yours
on Friday evening in the midst of a visit from E. Horner
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31

her brother James
Birth: 1804 Death: 1874-06-12
, and George Wood
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02-05
– I was very glad of
an apology to withdraw from the room for a short time
I call your letter unfinished because you say you intended
to write more but did not – The next evening just after
Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
and Burgess
Birth: 1806 Death: 1882-12-07
returned from Homer almost frozen Peter
came in with a large packet of letters and papers and
handed me one saying it was for me but unfortunately
Pa’s name was on the outside and I was greviously disappoint-
ted – beside it was your writing and I was a little vexed
that you could find time to write to him and none for me
I set down at the table in not very good humour “nursing
my wrath
Very angry •
to keep it warm” – and imagining what naughty
things I should say in my next letter – Pa by this time
had succeeded in opening the packet sent by Mr Steele
Birth: 1805-12-16 Death: 1879-11-11
and
took out my letter after turning it over a number of
times and reading the direction on the outside about the
books he handed it to me – my ill humor all vanished as
soon as I saw it and I reproached myself as I have a
thousand times before for my evil imaginings – I sent
the next morning for the novels but they had not arrived
last evening Peter Miller
Birth: 1802-11-26 Death: 1851-09-17
brought over Cyril Thornton
Author: Thomas Hamilton Publisher: Wells and Lilly Place of Publication:Boston Date: 1827
and Zillah
Author: Horace Smith Publisher: J. & J. Harper Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1829

he said Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
left them in his care at Bacon’s
Birth: 1796-06-09 Death: 1876-11-14
– I
conclude you did not send the others – I could hardly refrain
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from commencing them immediately but it was Saturday night –
Do not think me selfish my Dear Henry if I say I am disappointed
about the portrait – I wished you to have a miniature painted
for me and me alone one that I could always have with
me when absent from you – when you are from home or I
am absent your time is always occupied by business or
society – the case is different with me at home or abroad
I always have some solitary hours and then you cannot
imagine how dear to me would be a likeness of the kind I wish –
I hope you take good care of yourself this very cold weather
if you are travelling I am sure you must suffer what a
quantity of snow! it has snowed here three for four days Pa
had a very unpleasant time when he went to Homer – Burgess
froze one of his ears – Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and Maria
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could also be Maria, the entries might be for the same person
have gone to church
it was so cold I did not venture – Augustus says he
is going to New York to see his Pa and coming, back again
to see Ma he thinks it would be a very pleasant excursion
on his broom – We heard of the death of old Mr Hatch
Birth: 1770 Death: 1829-02-20
yesterday
(Thoops
Birth: 1784-08-21 Death: 1874-11-01
step father) he died of the pleurisy was sick only four
days. Do tell me something about the papers that you
have lost – did you not leave them at Utica when you
opened the trunk to take out the others? I am sorry we did
not put them all in one side and put something over them
they would have been much safer – will it be any material
injury to your business – Give my love to Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
– does he go
home when you do – or do you go first to New Jersey – Take good
care of your health and come home as soon as you can
your own Frances –
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William Henry Seward Esq –
at Albany
To the car of Julius Rhoades Esq
Birth: 1801-01-20 Death: 1851

AUBURN
N.Y.
FEB
23
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F. A. Seward