Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, December 19, 1834

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, December 19, 1834
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1834-12-19

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, December 19, 1834

action: sent

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: gew 

revision: ekk 2015-08-21

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Friday morning Dec. 19th
My dearest Frances, I find it utterly impossible to keep up with the resolution of writing to you as often
and as fully in this city as I am accustomed to in other places. Jenning
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
’s hunger for family pictures
is such that I have had to yield to his importunity
To request with urgency; to urge with frequent or unceasing application • Pressing in request; urgent; troublesome by frequent demands • Unseasonable •
to sit to Mr Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
for a full size portrait.
This detains me about two hours each morning. In the determination to obtain for you the mini-
ature upon with you have “set you heart” as you say I have an engagement for the residue of the
short day, until the dinner hour. Jennings has had the influenza since I came to town, and
I make him a daily visit. When 3 or a half past 3 arrives I go bout to dine and of course
we sit until a late hour. On Wednesday I dined with Patterson
Certainty: Probable
Kent
Birth: 1802-10-02 Death: 1861-01-04
& Hoffman
Birth: 1793-05-03 Death: 1856-05-01
and
spent the evening at a party at Col Stones
Birth: 1805
. Yesterday Cary
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
and I dined with Van Schaaick
Birth: 1782-09-02 Death: 1865-12-01

the Senator and I spent a very pleasant evening at William Kent’s. One can eat only one
dinner a day and being previously engaged at Van Schaaicks I disappointed two dinner par-
ties intended to include me, one at James G. Kings
Birth: 1791-05-08 Death: 1853-10-03
, the other by the boarders at this house.
Thus far I am left with the hope of dining at home to day and spending the evening at
Jennings, tomorrow we have a dinner here, and I am to visit Chancellor Kent in the evening.
Monday is the New England dinner at which they wish me to attend as a guest. I have been
pressed to accept the compliment of a public dinner for Tuesday the last day of our stay
in town. I have half consented provided it shall be converted into a private dinner and
every thing in relation to it be excluded from the newspapers. Dearest I give you this history
of my dissipation
To scatter; to disperse; to separate into parts and disappear • To expend; to squander; to scatter property in wasteful extravagance • To scatter the attention •
without enlarging upon it because I know it will not interest you more
than it does me, and although I am deeply sensible of and grateful for the respect and at-
tention which I meet every where I assure you my heart does not enter into it nor is suffi-
cient to make me vain or proud. I am in good faith hurrying to get through with the duty
you imposed upon me and looking with solicitude for the lost hour of my separation from
my dear boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
and you. I have bought the comb for which you wrote, and having given
you this miserable apology for a long letter, I break off because the hour for sitting
at the painter’s has arrived. I send the letter in this state because I have no hope
of being able to finish it. I had hoped to receive another letter from you this morning
but it has not come. I am anxious to see whether I shall not have it in my power to
procure something for you. Your own Henry.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Henry, New York
Dec - 1834