Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Wiliam Henry Seward, November 11, 1832

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Wiliam Henry Seward, November 11, 1832



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Wiliam Henry Seward, November 11, 1832

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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: sss 

revision: ekk 2015-05-28

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Sunday evening
My Dear Henry, It is Sunday night and I must write
to you although I have nothing new or interesting to tell
you. I went to Church (that is to the Court House) this morning
and heard the Skaneateles clergyman preach. He is
so much admired I hardly dare say that I do not
like him much – his manner of speaking particularly
he was [ formely ]

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a methodist clergyman and still [ contin ]

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to speak with the tone peculiar to them. Mrs G. Throop
Birth: 1806-02-11 Death: 1872-06-17

was there with a very shabby cloak and hat – she had the
honour of riding in the [ Govenors ]

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barouche with Mrs Throops
waiting maid
– the maid was the better dressed of the two.
This looks rather illnatured now it is fairly written but I
do not feel very amiable
Worthy of love; deserving of affection; lovely; loveable • Pretending or showing love •
since the election – what folly
it was for me to interest myself in such matters but I
do not intend to do so again – for this purpose I shall
refrain from reading any of Weeds
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
papers 6 month previous
to the next election and shall turn a deaf ear to all
that I may hear said on the subject. Peter has had a
fit of sickness on the occasion beside losing $75. He told me to-
day with a very doleful countenance that the masons
would commence establishing new lodges shortly "to his
opinion." Friday afternoon Eliza Horner
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31
and Mary Bratt
Birth: 1808 Death: 1896

visited us. I, fearing to trust any one else after all the
admonition we had recieved, made a fire in the new stove
in the south room not venturing however to put in more
than two sticks of wood – these had hardly commenced burning
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the stove cracked and a small aperture was to be seen on one side.
Now I cannot bear to be reproved [ hashly ]

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when I am in the wrong
and I felt quite sure I was not so in this case but I know
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
would scold me notwithstanding – I had been dispirited all
day and felt so lonely after you left me that this event trifling
as it was completely unstrung my nerves. I went up to my
room and cried like a child, as I am, for half an hour –
felt very much refreshed – went down to see the girls, Elisa
was unusually agreeable had been riding with Carter.
Since that time the stove has remained in status quo and will
continue to do so for aught that I shall do to the contrary.
Pa has not discovered the crack and I cannot bring reproof
upon myself by letting him [ now ]

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when you are not here
to take my part. For the future I shall confine myself to
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
and my own room and shall be thankful if the
stoves do not quite kill me this winter. I have always
regretted since I was at Hopkins
Birth: 1772-05-09 Death: 1837-03-09
that I ever said anything
to Grandma in reference to the stove in the hall. I am
convinced now with all the inconveniences it would have
been more pleasant as we then might have had a fire
somewhere in a fire place – But I have talked altogether too
long on this subject – Yesterday morning I recieved a letter
from Hester Hopkins
Birth: 1808-11-05 Death: 1845-10-08
respecting the dresses and in the afternoon
I went again to the dyers to give directions. Samuel
coming out on Teusday. Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
was here in the evening
Maria Harris
 Death: 1835-12-05
has come back but intends going home this week.
Little Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
has cracked the nuts for Sunday evening and wishes
his Pa was here to eat some with us. He cried loud when when
the stage drove away. Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
said he wanted to ride too.
My eyes are very weak yet and although I have my shade over
them I can see very imperfectly so good night, I must finish this
in the morning.
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Monday night – It has been a lovely day warm as September. Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

and I went out to make some calls this afternoon but it was
so pleasant that we found hardly any one at home. The only
event of importance that has occurred at home is the placing
on the unfortunate stove in the south room an immense rusty
sheet iron bason which will contain about a gallon and a half
of water – this as the stove is not used must be purely
ornamental. Mrs. Williams alias Bennan Brennan
Birth: 1839 Death: 1880-01-07
was here to day
and said that three men had lost their employment in the
State prison for voting the Antimasonick ticket. Query? –
The little boys are sound asleep and Augustus whose cold con-
tinues with unabated violence is breathing very unmusickally –
Tuesday afternoon. another delightful day. Grandma
has gone to visit Mrs. Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
. Samuel Hopkins does not
come yet. This, Grandma says is the real Indian
Summer[ . ]


I hope it will continue a week or two the winter
will appear so much shorter. I am glad you had
so fine weather for your journey & hope to hear from you
to night that you are quite well. Augustus goes to
school again. Remember me to my friends if I have any in
Albany. your own Frances
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William H. Seward
In Senate
Nov 13


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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Frances A. Seward
15 Nov. 1832
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
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