Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 5, 1831

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 5, 1831
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Date:1831-09-05

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 5, 1831

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

location: Romulus, NY

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: rag 2014-01-01

revision: crb 2014-01-01

publication:  2014-01-01

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Romulus Monday 5h
My Dear Henry You will hardly believe me when I tell you that
this is the very first moment of time that I have found since
I came from home to write you one word, but it is even so
This present time is stolen from my usual mornings repose
and I write under the delightful influence of stomach sickness
To account for all this hurry I must refer you to our little
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
. Sarah of course does very much as I expected she would
when she got home enjoys herself in visiting and leaves
me the whole care of a sick child. now dont be frighten-
ed because I say sick he is not any way dangerous but of
course much more troublesome. he has the summer compla-
int and a slight cold has occasioned a return of his cough.
his Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
he is at present engaged in preparing him some medi-
cine which I think will be beneficial at all events you
shall hear from me the moment I feel the least alarm
I sent my last letter last Teusday morning when we we engaged
in a the bustle of departure. I was so happy that Lazette was
permitted to come with me that I thought I could put up
with all manner of inconveniences. Maria harris
 Death: 1835-12-05

came with us as far as Cayuga, as you may imagine the
little Barouche
A four wheeled carriage, with a falling top, a seat on the outside for the driver, and two seats on the inside arranged for four persons to sit facing each other •
was full to overflowing. Luke
Unknown
drove us safely
over the bridge notwithstanding all our fears to the contrary
we set Maria down at her own door and proceeded on our
way rejoicing. our next stopping place was Col. Mynderse's
Birth: 1767-07-11 Death: 1838-01-31
. it
is really refreshing to meet with so cordial a reception as he
always gives us, dear old man. We remained there about 2 hours
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dinner was all ready when we came. Luke and the horses were
immediately disposed of. the children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
were caressed over and over
again. the Dye's
x
Unknown Birth: 1791  Death: 1871-02-18 
accompanied us after dinner into the flower
garden where they have the most beautiful collection of late
flowers I ever have seen. We finally left our kind friend feeling
very much inclined to remain there a week. It was a delightful
sunny day and would have done your heart good to see the
children enjoy the ride. the roads were bad from the Falls.
we called at Bherry's
Unknown
and got a glass of sweetened cider
and water which he called lemon acid. I asked for lemonade
this I was obliged to drink through a tube as my teeth will
not allow me to take any cold drink in any other manner
It was 6 oclock when we came in sight of the poplar tress trees
which surround the old Delevan
Birth: 1793 Death: 1866-08-13
place. here we met Harry
Schooley
Birth: 1797-10-18 Death: 1873-10-24
who advised us not to go to Lewis Millers
Birth: 1787-06-11 Death: 1857-02-14
as we proposed
because they had 16 boarders and could not accomodate us
or we concluded part of us to remain at Ezra Lewis'
Unknown
and the
rest to go to Ezra Millers
Birth: 1790-05-28 Death: 1856-05-10
. After waiting some time at the door
Aunt Eliza
Unknown
made her appearance looking—about as usual—
She was sorry she could not ask us to stay there but was cleaning
house and the thing was out of the question. By this time we began
to think the atmosphere of Romulus rather cool. after disposing
of Sarah (they were quite willing she should be left) we continued our
course to Uncle Ezra's very much doubting whether we should
gain admittance. no one at home but as the house was open we took
posession without ceremony. Uncle Ezra soon came in and appeared
really glad to see us. sent for Aunt Zerviah
Birth: 1795-03-06 Death: 1868-05-13
who was visiting.
Fred was afraid and would scream if any one looked at him I was very glad
after drinking a cup of tea to go to bed. such a bed, but I shall
not tell you all this until I see you. before this however we recieved
a call and heard some big talk from Youngs
Birth: 1802-08-08 Death: 1876-03-26Certainty: Probable
. he very civilly offered
us the use of his horse and waggon while we remained. Paulina
Unknown

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has a son a fortnight old is just beginning to do her housework again
of course we deferred going there, until a more convenient occason. Wednesday
morning we rode around the lot called at Lewis Millers, Schooleys and
came back to Ezra's. Lazette and Frances remained with Aunt Schooley
Birth: 1774 Death: 1850-01-31

in the afternoon Paulina Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
and myself with the two babies
went over in Young's one horse wagon. I drove with Fred in my arms. made
Ezra Schooleys wife mad because we did not call and take in her babe
quite a reasonable request. here we stayed all night and part of the
next day. Thursday by way of appeasing the wrath
Opposition of mind; reluctance; unwillingness • Opposition or stuggle of passions; resistance • Opposition of principles or qualities; inconsistency •
of Ezra's wife we went
to take tea with them. staid that night at Uncle Ezra's. Lazette who
had been unwell since we left home was quite sick all Friday
I took care of her and the three children. Saturday morning she was
some better and that afternoon Mr Lewis and Aunt Eliza came
in a two horse lumber waggon and removed us with all our effects
th to their home. here for the first time I eat a meal without
getting up from the table two or three times with Fred. but this
is about the amount of Sarah's attention and I am so weary and sick
that I am now going to write to Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to send for us home again
you must not direct any letter here after you receive this. I have none
from you yet. Harry Schooley came to see us yesterday and felt very much
disposed to talk antimasonry
One opposed to freemasonry •
all the time I gave him a copy of your
Oration for himself and one he was very anxious to give to a mason
of his acquaintance. Youngs has the promise of one. I do think Youngs
is a good caricature of our Friend Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
. he talks a great deal about
you and says your friends her "calculate to bestow upon you still higher honours"
I could not say amen to this of course. but I have not time to write you half
I would. I have taken a very hard cold sleeping in an open room
I do not believe I shall want to make another visit here in seven years
I hope by this time Mr Tracy has recovered from his illness and
they have returned to Albany to make you glad by their presence
Lazette sends love, your own Frances. I will write again if possible
before I go home but if I do not you may think "all is well"
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Ovid, NY
Sept 6th
William H. Seward
Albany
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Frances A Seward
6 September 1831