Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, June 1834

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, June 1834
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Date:1834-06

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, June 1834

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Aurora, NY

transcription: rag 

revision: ekk 2015-06-22

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Auburn Sunday evening.
My dear Frances,
What a cold very cold ride you and the little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
must
have had! Mr Carey
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
says you all got along very well but it was never-
theless cold according to the Mercury of my system.
I do not know whether the mail goes tomorrow to Aurora but as I am
going in the morning to Onondaga and will not have returned in
time to write for Tuesdays mail I send this hasty note to let you un-
derstand that though my spirit has a terrible striving with the world
I am still in the body
God be praised that I am no merchant. The incessant labor in estimates
of debt and credit the devising of ways and means to pay debts to save
what was in danger of being lost and to convert unproductive into
productive property in which I have been employed for the last month
had wrought my mind to a point of excitement yesterday moving scarcely
short of that at which delirium commences. I continue at this detestable
employment until tea time last evening and broke all down in despair. Gin
and a segar only made the matter worse. Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
undertook to enlighten
me upon divers
One who dives • One who goes deeply into a study or business • A bird of certain genera, remarkable for their habit of diving, as Colymbus, or of the allied family Podicipince; the northern diver, Colymbus glacialis •
matters of interest such as marriages births and
deaths but my spirit was seeking to commune with old Ben Knower
Birth: 1775 Death: 1829-08-23
’s.
I went to bed at 11, and had a glorious and refreshing sleep and
arose this morning with a mind sufficiently becalmed to swear off
the cares of Poverty for one day. But finding myself in danger of a
relapse for want of employment, I overhauled my manuscript
journal and prepared four more letters to send to Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
.
I was at church this afternoon. Dr Rudd
Birth: 1779-05-24 Death: 1848-04-15
delivered with more
ease than is usual a sermon extraordinarily good and not un-
reasonably long.
Your father
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
goes with the Kelloggs
x Birth: 1786-03-22  Death:   Birth: 1780-04-19  Death: 1836-05-04 
tomorrow morning. I carry
him as far as Syracuse. My business being before Judge Mose-
ly
Birth: 1786 Death: 1851-10-02
at Onondaga.
I have a long letter from Weed in which he commends himself
to you and the boys. Nothing new below but doubts and un-
certainties about a candidate for G—
Take love for me to Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
. Tell her if she doubts my loving her
about these days that I have not had time to love any body since
I came home. I must write to Weed & Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
this evening, so adieu dearest
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
June 1834
Auburn