Letter from Marcia Armstrong Seward to Frances Miller Seward, November 7, 1834

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Letter from Marcia Armstrong Seward to Frances Miller Seward, November 7, 1834
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Date:1834-11-07

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Letter from Marcia Armstrong Seward to Frances Miller Seward, November 7, 1834

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sender: Marcia Seward
Birth: 1794-07-23  Death: 1839-10-28

location: New York, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: srr 

revision: tap 2017-11-07

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New York 7th Nov. 1834
My dear Fanny
Ere this reaches Auburn, you will
have heard all about the election of our corrupt city.
I hope you are recovered from the agitation which
it was impossible for you not to feel – But then you
have had so many friends to help you bear the disappoint-
ment – while Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
and I, have had to support ours
alone. Now I am twice disappointed – first that Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
can-
not be Gov. – and next that I cannot have you as near
us as Albany – But our friend Mrs Kinsley says (formerly
Miss Elliott) that we have a brother
Birth: 1786-12-12 Death: 1857-07-04Certainty: Possible
that the respectable
party think fit to be the Gov of our – state, so that Henry
comes off with just as gay colors as though he had gone
into office –” But to be serious Frances, in spite of me I
was in such a tremor upon Thursday Morn. while A.
was gone to Doct Hunters
 Death: 1870-07-13
to hear the result of the election
that I could hardly hold the needle in my fingers – and
yet I can say that you and Grand Ma
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and
the children
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, will be happier after three months
have passed, when all cease to speak upon the subject
that you otherwise would have been – I mean if H had been
elected
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Poor Stone
Birth: 1792-04-20 Death: 1844-08-15Certainty: Possible
I pity him from my heart never
was a man so completely crest-fallen as he – The
the commercial of this evening, says, he can’t sing his spir-
its are so depressed – I hope Henry will send him a word
of comfort – but he ought to have been silent and not to
have told the whole story in every number; if he had
made a poor face the Tories would not have made
the exertion they have – I wanted Husband
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
to tell him so
a month ago – I expected Jen. home from Jersey
this eve – but he was not come. When he come he will
have on a long face too I suppose – and if he stays away
much longer, and I get no letter to learn the cause
of his absence, I know not what is to become of me – Be-
sides, out dear little Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
is sick and has been all
this week – and then again I have been up to the asy-
lum and saw nine little babies less than a week old and
seven of the women widows – and to add to his, there came
two letters from Judge Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
this evening, telling of his
miserable health, his extreme solicitude about his
sons success, the ill behavior of Pat
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, and scolding about
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because Mr Spencer
Birth: 1806-01-07 Death: 1875-04-08
will not alter it – Now
dear Sister is this not enough to make you satisfied
with your alotment, notwithstanding you are not the
Gov. Lady? I think every day of that gloomy week you
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spent with us last spring will you not blot that
from your recollection? and just think it is time
you visited us, and come again and see us. I hope
and expect to be in health, and if I am, I am sure
I can make it pleasanter for you – than you had
it in Franklin St. – We certainly have the finest
fires you need to sit by – now wont you come?
The last letter we had from Henry you
were unwell, I hope you have recovered – How
do those dear little boys do? We all
want to see them much –
You know I have been gossipin[ g ]
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all summer and fall – I enjoyed our
Eastern town, and found it improved better our healths
How did you like our cousin Harriet Brown
Birth: 1807-04-20 Death: 1883
?
Is Clary married yet? I wish she would come to
see us. How does Lazett
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and her littler daughter
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
?
Please give my kind regards to all – a kiss
to the children, from their Aunt Marcia
I like to forget say, Charles Stall
Birth: 1812-05-22 Death: 1883-05-22
and
Miss Leddle
Birth: 1815-04-30 Death: 1892-11-19
are married, and that they had a
splendid wedding party at his fathers
Birth: 1790-02-18 Death: 1859-12-07
– A pyra-
mid made of grapes, as high as the ceiling.
Good night it is late and I feel a little afraid
Will you write me? M.S.
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Ms Wm. H. Seward
Auburn
New York
NEW YORK
NOV
12
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Marcia Seward
Nov 12. 1834.