Letter from Frances Tuthill Grier to Frances Miller Seward, June 24, 1832

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Letter from Frances Tuthill Grier to Frances Miller Seward, June 24, 1832



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Letter from Frances Tuthill Grier to Frances Miller Seward, June 24, 1832

action: sent

sender: Frances Grier
Birth: 1801-01-16  Death: 1860-02-07

location: Goshen, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: dxt 

revision: crb 2016-03-16

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Goshen June 24th
My dear cousin “Fanny” with sincear pleasure do I embrace
the first opportunity to inform you of my safe arrival at
“Home” Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
wrote to you before I left Albany, and I presume
gave you an [ act ]

Alternate Text

Alternate Text: account
of our journey there which was graced with
but one adventure which was graceless in the extream, only
think of my turning a [ summerset ]

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Alternate Text: somerset
on Onongoga Hill
as I predicted we found Geo
Birth: 1807-05-17 Death: 1883-05-25
there after expressing his own pleasure
and assureing me that our dear Friends were all in health at Goshen
he said “how glad I am you have not got a new Hat, for I seen
the Miss Livingstons
x Birth: 1808-08-17  Death: 1874-04-28  Birth:   Death:  
on the Boat with just such a ones as you
must have” – and so off we posted down to S. M. St

Editorial Note

South Main Street, Albany, NY
and was
fortunate enough to find one to suit, at the same shop where
you refused the "white silk" one. She told me the Cottage shape was
most fashionable, and those like yours were much worn but
tied down, which I observed genteel
Polite; having the manners of well bred people • Graceful in form; elegant in appearance, dress or manner •
City Ladies did, there and
here. I could not bear to stay in it untill the next morning
and urged Geo to leave which I regreted afterward, for we did not
get Home any sooner, beside haveing an unpleasant night sail
and day light landing, but we got Home and oh! how can
I express my joy, the bliss of embracing My Mother
Birth: 1780-10-05 Death: 1869-06-28
, Aunt
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
[ , ]



Editorial Note

Charles Covington Tuthill
Birth: 1810-01-08 Death: 1838-01-04
or Edward Ely Tuthill
Birth: 1816-11-28 Death: 1870-08-19
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
, Cousins

, and Friends

all. You my Cousin have often
experienced it, and know how impossable it is to discribe the
charm that we feel in every object at Home. I do believe
and know that they were all as much rejoiced to see me as I could
wish, again & again my dear Mother wept and embraced me, my
Aunts mild eye beamed joy and Pious gratitude that we had all been
spared to meet again
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They was all in Health and happily situated with a pleasant
Family of Boarders
xFamily of Boarders

. I found Cousin Beaulah
Birth: 1800-06-17 Death: 1885-11-09
and Tempe
Birth: 1812-09-30 Death: 1848-10-18
here visiting
G. had been at the Bank two or three days. she stayed all night
with me. dignity & stoacism are not one thing I think.
and an will not blend gracefully. today Uncle & Aunt Seward
was out here to Church. they asked a great many questions about
you all, was pleased to hear that your Health was better, and that
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
went to school and Fred
Birth: 1845-08-22 Death: 1925-10-01
kept well and talked every thing,
and that I thought him equal to our own little Tom
Birth: 1816-05-12 Death: 1865-04-07Certainty: Possible
at his
age. Aunt Cooks much better than she did in the Spring, and is-
she enquired peticularly about GrandMama
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
, and said she hoped, she
should live to see her again. I do not believe they will go to
Auburn this summer, and Geo & Tempe calculates on going in the
Fall. not all the joys of Home My dear Cousin can ever
cause me to forget your kindness to me, but in this Heart
will ever live a lively and greatful sense of all your goodness.
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
I intend to write to very soon, but cannot forbear
to return my thanks, through you to her, for the pretty belt that
I refused, because she refused to take any compensation for it.
which I found nicely roll'd in a paper at the bottom of my
basket on my arrival at Utica. I will remember her goodness
forever. it appears to me now that I had attained the highth
of my ambition. the largest idea that I ever formed or
entertained has been realized, and all my fond hopes that I had
cherished for years with so much pleasure, have subsidid on
"I have been to Auburn" and returned delighted with all I
have heard and enjoyd. I feel that my Mind was enlarged.
Love and Gratitude fill, my heart where Curiosity once
reigned. I feel that Goshen the dear but humble land of
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my birth, contained not, all that is worth living for.
I feel that we were not so widely seperated as it always
appeared to me. we can Love oneanother and exchange sentiments
with more ease. I am so much better satisfied to have you
live in Auburn than I ever was before. that I am relieved
from the perpetual desire that I always had that you would
come to Orange County and live. in short my dear Cousin
I feel as the Aforican did on his going to London, that "this
is a beautiful World." I will tell you when the Change
comes. I find letters here from all my dear distent
x Birth: 1807-05-17  Death: 1883-05-25  Birth: 1812-09-28  Death: 1860-06-12 
& Cousins, and all unanswered, with pleasure I gave
my first hour to you. duty and pleasure bid me me return
to you, my first thanks. dear old GranMama I fear I shall
never see her again; but this heart shall ever beat with the most
lively emotions of love & veneration for her goodness
to me. Mama & Aunty both, love her and Aunt
Clara, and are grateful for their kindness to their
daughter. Mrs Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
I feel anxious to hear from. I hope she
has entirely recovered from the effects of the Measles. and is in the full
enjoyment of her former health & good spirits. please give my
best love to them all. respects to Miss Fosgate
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
and believe me to
be your sincear and affectionate Cousin Frances.
The Cholera is a subject of great fear with us all, yet
by many it is made a subject of ridicule.
I was introduced to Mrs J Rhodes
Birth: 1810 Death: 1891-03-31
at Albany, she
did not strike my notion of delicacy. Henry admired her and he
is the best judge, she talked and laught loud at dinner. was all
fixt up with a superfluity of capes, lokers, zipres, chains, juelry &c &c
hair in big Lot frized puffs with no comb visable [ s ]


he was all
fa, sol, la.
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do write soon!
Mrs WM. H. Seward
N. York
Cousin Jenings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
in his last
says they expect to be in Or Co
by Oct are now at St Louis
his health some better.
My Brother Geo says he will
come on this summer if I will
consent to return with him
and spend a winter at the south which I will not do
Hand Shiftx

Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Frances Tuthill