Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield, June 24, 1832

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield, June 24, 1832
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Date:1832-06-24

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield, June 24, 1832

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

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receiver: Louisa Canfield
Birth: 1805-10-29  Death: 1839-01-04

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revision: tap 2019-02-22

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June 24th 1832
My Dear Cornelia, It is six weeks since I recieved your
last kind letter — I was then sick in bed from the effects
of a severe cold taken on the canal boats when we were
returning from Albany
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– Since that time Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and little
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
have both had the measels — Lazette was very
ill with them and is not yet entirely recovered – I have
been with her all the time I could spare from my own
family
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
left home for Albany last Teusday morning
to attend the Extra session of the Legislature — Frances
Tuthill
Birth: 1801-01-16 Death: 1860-02-07
accompanied him — George Grier
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20
is to meet her
there — I do not know that I ever felt more unhappy about
Henry’s leaving home than at this time — The news of the
arrival of that horrible pestilence the Cholera had reached
us but a few days previous and cases were reported at Fort
Miller
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only 30 miles from Albany — I have recieved one
letter from Henry and this with the subsequent accounts
have somewhat reassured me. I hope Henry will not be absent
more than 3 weeks — I shall answer some of the enquiries in
your last letter although Henry has done so I suppose
before this time — I do indeed think your mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
one
of the best of women — I perceive by your last letter to
Henry that you are aware of the delicate state of her health
she was ill when we left Florida
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but it was her particular
request often repeated that I should not make you unhappy
by alluding to it in my letter which I did not do at that
time — Henry recieved a letter from your Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
a few days before
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he left home in which he says — “neither Ma’s health nor my own have been
equal to the task of travelling to Auburn since you left us — The weather
has been unusually cold wet, dreary and unpleasant to a delicate state
of health — Washington
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
has again spent some time in New Jersey
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when
my presence on the farming business became necessary — These obstacles
together with the constant want of health strength and spirits, compel
us to abandon the much desired object of seeing our friends at
Auburn and the Utica
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convention — The idea of meeting you at
Union College strikes me at present very favourably especially if
Frances will come with you and accompany us to Auburn — But
even this pleasure may be more obscured as the time draws nigher” —
Henry is to deliver an address at Schenectady
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the evening
before commencement — but you see how very uncertain it is about
his parents meeting him there — We had hoped to see them here before
this time – You enquire has your Father connected himself with the
Episcopal Church — I did not hear any thing said on the subject
while I was there — Your Ma said that it was the intention
of herself and Washington to join the Church some time this
Spring — she said nothing of your Father having any intention
of the kind — I should judge from all the arrangements &
from Washingtons conversation that it was his intention to remain
at home — I heard no other plan spoken of — but made no enqui-
ries — You know my dear Cornelia how very sensitive I always
am about being thought inquisitive or officious — I think sometimes
this disposition of mine may lead my friends to suppose I
do not interest myself about their welfare as much as I ought
but I cannot overcome it — my confidence if given at all is
given spontaneously — this may account for in a measure for the
singularity —
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Henry has recieved one letter from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
on business — he makes [ no ]
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mention of his family
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08  Birth: 1794-07-23  Death: 1839-10-28 
or of his return home –
How much I wish Cornelia that you could live somewh[ ere ]
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near where we could meet as often at least as once or twi[ ce ]
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a year — Notwithstanding you and Henry were so sangu[ i ]
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ne in
your anticipations about your coming here to reside I coul[ d ]
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not even then flatter myself into the belief that you wo[ uld ]
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actually come — I doubted the Dr’s
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
willingness to give up
a certainty for an uncertainty — I hope it will not be ever
thus — you do not know how much I would like to vis[ it ]
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you and see you all
x Birth: 1832-02-20  Death: 1876-01-14  Birth: 1829-12-04  Death: 1867-10-25 
at home — I regret to hear you say
that you have weak eyes — I injured my eyes by reading
after the birth of Frederick and they are now more trou-
blesome than they were a year ago – I am unable to read or
sew at all in the evening without pain —
I have not yet recieved the little box you mentioned
Henry said he would send for it as soon as he got to Albany —
My little boys are botth both in good health — have been quite
well since they recovered from the effects of the measels —
The rest of the family
x Birth: 1772-04-11  Death: 1851-11-13  Birth: 1793-05-01  Death: 1862-09-05 
are all well — nothing is talked of or thought
of here but the Cholera I never saw so general an excitement
you do not yet anticipate its approach in your part of the
country — Mr Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
went on to Albany the day after
Henry left — he was disappointed in finding Henry gone — He
continues and looks much improved in health — his and Henry’s
friendship has not yet lost any thing in fervour — to me he realizes
some of the imaginings I have often have of the love I should feel for
a brother — Please remember me to the Dr and kiss the little ones —
your affectionate sister
Frances —
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Mahlon D. Canfield
Post Master —
Bargaintown —
Gloucester County N. Jersey —
AUBURN N.Y.
JUN 27
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Louisa Canfield

Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
Mrs. F Seward
June 24 1832