Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, January 2, 1831

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, January 2, 1831
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Date:1831-01-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, January 2, 1831

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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: lmd 

revision: tap 2017-02-02

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Sunday evening Jan. 2nd
"A happy New Year" to you dearest if you have run away and left
me alone with the two tiny ones
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
— they are dear creatures and I have
no right to complain for as Gus says 'Ma you are not all alone
when I am with you' — Still it is a lonely New Year and four months
will seem like such a long time I intended to have commenced my
journal yesterday but we went up to see Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
last night
and it was a long cold walk and I came home with the
headache and could not find any paper and all that
Thursday evening Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
went to the ball at the American
all the young gentlemen who board at the Exchange having
made themselves comfortably wroth
Very angry •
on the occasion because
they were not consulted in season the number who attended
was quite small but all very pleasant though I have not
heard Clary say yet that it was the pleasantest she ever
attended Burgess
Birth: 1806 Death: 1882-12-07
was there and yesterday spent the afternoon
here he said he saw you at Syracuse on Thursday — It has
rained and snowed and froze and thawed since you went
away and every new change has increased the badness
of the roads until I think they must be nearly impassible
I conclude you must be in Albany by this time — We have
had a delightful day today warm and sunny like spring
I went to Church this afternoon and heard a very good
sermon from Dr Rudd
Birth: 1779-05-24 Death: 1848-04-15
— have you heard that he is going
to England in the Spring — S— Hulbert
Birth: 1780 Death: 1843-01-16
was here on Friday
collecting money to purchase a new cloak for Mrs Rudd
Birth: 1785
for
a New Years present — silly — they called on a number who I
am sure cannot afford cloaks for themselves — the Miss Rays
Certainty: Probable
&c —
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The same morning you left a letter came from Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
and a few days
after one from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
I shall copy one and enclose the other
The scarlet fever still prevails here we hear of new cases every day
Mr Cock
Birth: 1779-08-13 Death: 1850-02-02
has three children
x
Unknown Birth: 1830-03-21  Death: 1831  Birth: 1826-06-22  Death: 1831-01-11 
ill with it — one is considered past
recovery — The senator
Birth: 1796-02-13 Death: 1868-07-11
has a young daughter
Birth: 1824 Death: 1857-05-02
I suppose he is at liberty
to return again — Mrs P....s
Birth: 1800 Death: 1885
does not attend any parties this winter
on account of the absence of her lord
Unknown
— I hope you will not expect
this mark of devotion from me should there chance to be any thing
of the kind going on — Maryann went home on Friday I have
got a concern in her place that even Fred with all his meekness &
he is very meek you know can hardly tolerate — Edward
Unknown
has not
gone yet there is so much business in the office — Clary is still
vascillating, in hopes there will be snow — no prospect of that
kind however — Now for Cornelias letter —
Bargaintown 17th Dec
My Dear Brother, Since I recd your kind letter it has been my
painful duty to be in the sick room a great deal, or I should
sooner written to say how happy your success in the late
political contest makes me — Mahlon
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
has had a very ill
turn & as in he was in attendance on a deplorable case of
small pox, I thought it must be that, but I am thankful it
was not, it was a very obstinate turn of colic
An acute pain in the abdomen or bowels, growing more severe at intervals • Affecting the bowels •
with sick stomach
and fever, from which he has entirely recovered — Our Bill
Unknown
has
been very sick but we are once more all well — I have been
quite healthy since my return entirely rid of my cough —
I had a melancholly account of our poor Brother Polydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
by last
mail, have you heard it? it distresses me exceedingly, his disposition
is so desponding
To be cast down; to be depressed or dejected in spirits • To lose all courage, spirit, or resolution •
I dread to hear from him, he is dreadfully embarrassed
would it no be well to pay some little attention to his pecuniary
Relating to money • Consisting of money •
affairs —
I heard by way of Washington
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
— How do you all do? Give my love to Frances, & tell
her she must come to see us next summer — Our little boy
Birth: 1829-12-04 Death: 1867-10-25
runs all over
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and is so mischievous I fear he will meet with some disaster —
Is Clary married? Is Lazette well I wish someone could
spare time to write me a long letter —
Yours affectionately
Cornelia
P. S Mahlon had written a very long political (I suppose) letter
to you the day he was taken sick but it was never
sent, he sends his regards hoping to hear from you soon —
William H. Seward —
Albany —
AUBURN NY
JAN. 5
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F. A. S.
Jan 2 1831
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
I began this letter on the wrong side which I did not discover until I
had finished Cornelias letter I do not like to see the ruled
lines on the back of a letter so I commence again here —
I intend to write to Cornelia soon although she has never answer-
ed my last — Monday — This morning being very pleasant I
went over to our house to see what ravages the mice had made
found every thing as I left it — sent Peter over to empty the
hogshead which was frozen full of water and bursting the hoops
Mrs Noyes
Birth: 1793 Death: 1870
and Mrs Jones
Unknown
called while I was gone of course did
not see them — Mr Willard
Unknown
dined with us — Augustus spent
most of the day at the office — Teusday morning —
got up with an intolerable headache — Willard here to breakfast
stayed here last night — I intended today to have gone to
Lazettes but it rains and rains & is muddy & muddy —
It is almost time to look for a letter from you I know you
must have written on Sunday — I have forggotten what you
told me about the direction if it is of any consequence
write it for me — Only look at those two g's in forgotten my
head aches so I hardly know what I write — I wish
you could see Fred he has got that little trick of making
himself stiff just as Gus used to do — Augustus is so
much delighted with it that he is constantly shaking his fists
to make Fred perform — Write as often as you can — your own
Frances —