Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1833

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1833
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Date:1833-08-04

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1833

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

location: Bargaintown, NJ

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

location: London, England, UK

transcription: aew 

revision: ekk 2015-12-16

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Bargain Town August 4th
My dear Brother
We were made very happy last
evening by the arrival of the first news from
the Europe in your kind letter Ma
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
had become
very anxious, we have carefully watched the
winds & come to the safe conclusion that they
had been perverse, we do very much rejoice at
your prosperous and short passage, & at this time
we may reasonably conclude you are with
renewed health & strength traversing oer (if we
take the English for Authority) the garden of
the world & in Truth the improvements must
exceed anything with which we Americans
are acquainted. I am sure it must be delightful
to you to travel where each spot is hallowed
by some interesting but ancient scene—
I had it in my heart to write you a month
ago but I was sure you our Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
& Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24

& many have faithful & intelligent correspondents
would not fail to advise you of all that
could be interesting to a traveler in that
busy county—& I thought came to the conclusion
that my little worthless letter would not be
missed—I fear that I shall sadly miss the
answer do forgive me & write again soon—
Our dear Mother & Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
are spending a
short time with me. Ma is improving daily
but she is still so delicate that summer
air seems harsh to her—she is cheerful &
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happy, her appetite is good, she rests well yet
I am hourly pained by the conviction that our
dear Mothers constitution has received irrecov
erable shocks that she is ever to remain infirm
and feeble—I need not say how much pleasure
it affords us to contribute to her comfort &
to have her society. She rides out almost daily
& just as soon as she thinks her health will
enable her to perform the journey, she goes
Westward—She is very anxious to be with
Frances & the children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
. I have not had any direct
communication with Frances since you left, have
been so much engaged that I have not written
There is nothing very new in this world, Cloughs
Birth: 1804-11-24 Death: 1833-07-26

Condemnation, escape capture execution &
confession the commonplace suspicions of con
versation. there are [ divers ]
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Alternate Text: diverse
opinions on the subject
his being hanged for the murder of the woman
he professed to love above all others, because she
could not give him her heart in return—but he
is gone to atone for this most foul deed—Since you
left we have had the 2nd Edition of Lafayettes Journey thr
America
Author: Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier Lafayette Publisher: E.G. House Place of Publication:Boston Date: 1824
the "Hero of New Orleans" has been almost
worshipped, he however lives to enjoy his dear bought
hours—Black Hawks
Birth: 1767 Death: 1838-10-03
train has been the next magnificent
parade he was Jack Downing
Unknown
says near about as much
caress'd as the White Hawk Antimasonry is looking up
in New York I understand atho' in Phila the Sun (report
says) is discontinued—but I hope it will live and reign over
the world—Ma thinks you will make some converts in
Europe—
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You will perhaps hear of Ann Maria Jolines
Unknown
death, the news
papers eulogize her beyond description, she was most an-
gelic in their estimation, on this her mother will rest
her hopes of happiness—She must be desolate—Frances T
Birth: 1801-01-16 Death: 1860-02-07

is soon to become the Bride of G.G.
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20
George W. Seward
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
You
have heard from (of course on the subject of his young darling
I have only reversed the order of these, ^things^ placing the obituary
before the births you must on a 2d reading, begin at the latter
first— I have just done dinner when we had to finnish a
bottle of champaign wine because there was danger of
its spoiling, of course my head is not quite free from
topsy turvy notions—The Country is filling with Citizens
Saratoga is crowded to excess at the north, cape island
can hold no more, our vicinity is well
peopled—I have had more or less of dis-
pepsia ever since I came from Florida
our children
x Birth: 1832-02-20  Death: 1876-01-14  Birth: 1829-12-04  Death: 1867-10-25 
are pretty well—Dr
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
has been off to the wreck of
the Ulster loaded with Irish from Belfast all taken off
& reshipped for Phila —We keep clear of Cholera yet except
in our Western States where there has been dreadful
havoc especially in Kentucky—but it is subsiding—
We shall be very anxious to hear from you I hope you
will occasionally tell us how you are getting along &
what interests you most—If I could write at all I would
write once a week but as much as I love you my dear
Brother I would rather be whipped than send this poor letter
all join me in love to Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
& yourself—Marcia ^&c^ go to
the Beach tomorrow or next day—write me from Dublin
Paris & the ruins in Pompei—do you go to Venice? You will recognize
poor Berdans
Birth: 1803 Death: 1827-07-20
quotation if I remember it—
"Write all those things which you shall see
those which are & those which are to be.
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Remember me affectionately to Father. We have uncommonly cooler weather
Your affectionate Sister
Louisa
William H. Seward Esqr
Care Baring Brothers & Co
London
L.C. Seward
Aug 14, 1833