Letter from William Henry Seward to Elijah Miller, December 16, 1831

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Elijah Miller, December 16, 1831
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Date:1831-12-16

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Elijah Miller, December 16, 1831

action: sent

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

location: Albany, NY

receiver: Elijah Miller
Birth: 1772-04-11  Death: 1851-11-13

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mmh 

revision: crb 2017-07-28

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Albany Friday December 15th 1831
My dear Sir
We arrived here last evening all in entire health, the
little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
bore the fatigues of the journey remarkably well – Au-
gustus of course is vastly pleased. Frederick seems to have improved
by the exposure.
We came on the first night to Cazenovia. On leaving Cazenovia the
next morning one of our horses appeared somewhat lame and
he did not eat well – We travelled only 33 miles that day
which brought us to Bridgewater. The next day (Wednesday) we
drove 44 miles to Carlisle. Yesterday morning our horse seemed
so lame I thought it would be injudicious to push him any
farther. The stage took us up about 11 O.Clock and we rode very
comfortably the remaining 36 miles – The weather during the first
two days was most intensely cold, it slightly moderated on the
two succeeding days – and now has become colder than ever.
We experience a very visible difference between the comforts of
the close stoves at home and our narrow coal grate here – but
think we shall become accustomed to it.
The Court of Errors yesterday finished the decision of the ap-
peals and adjourned until next Monday when they will dispose
of the writs of Error - Margaret
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1863-06-22
is here. Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
has gone on to
Georgia – I met Chief Justice Spencer
Birth: 1765-12-13 Death: 1848-03-13
in the street this morn-
ing – Well says he I fear you are not going to make any
thing out of Wirt after all – No said I our National Republican
friends seem to labour under a strange infatuation – “Wonderful
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said he-“ did you ever see men act so? No said I, I cannot comprehend
it – it did seem to me that the nomination of Mr. Wirt
Birth: 1772-11-08 Death: 1834-02-18
ought to have
been considered by them as almost providential. I do not know
Mr Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
except by reputation. With Mr Wirt I am well acquainted
and in all the United States I know no man so able so sound
so honest and so honourable who stands so well situated for
the wants of the Country. Well said I, no doubt more remains
of Mr Clay's nomination I suppose, when shall we hear
from Baltimore. Probably tomorrow (he replied) –I refused to
go there - and I would not have gone had the weather been
good. I was not going there to play the fool —
I have been all day gathering about us the necessary comforts for
the winter and so have heard nothing in relation to politics or
other matters which would be interesting — Our love to Grand
mother
Birth: 1778-10-16 Death: 1811-02-22
and Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

yours affectionately
W H Seward
Elijah Miller
I have held Augustus' hand while he wrote you what he
calls a letter on the opposite page – it is his own indicting without
suggestion —
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Augustus Seward

Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
My dear Grandpa,
I am well here and like the place. Fred
is here too he has got a little cradle.
Your Grandson
Henry Augustus Seward
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Elijah Miller Esq
Auburn
ALBANY
DEC
16
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