Letter from Mahlon Dickerson Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, July 19, 1835

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Letter from Mahlon Dickerson Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, July 19, 1835
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1835-07-19

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Letter from Mahlon Dickerson Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, July 19, 1835

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sender: Mahlon Canfield
Birth: 1798-11-26  Death: 1865-01-05

location: Bargaintown, NJ

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

location: Unknown
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transcription: keh 

revision: ekk 2016-03-07

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Bargaintown, July 19th 35, Sunday P.M.
Dear Frances,
You will look for something from us
and it would afford me great pleasure to write
to you if I had anything pleasant to communicate.
But it is otherwise, our Augustus
Birth: 1829-12-04 Death: 1867-10-25
is no better and
consequently worse than when you left us.
I feel assured that he is laboring under the
same dreadful disease that afflicted him
last summer. Had you seen him then, you
might form some idea of the gloomy prospect
before us. I confess myself unable to bear up
against it. Not that I would complain of the
dealings of God with us, no, I could part
with my child without a sigh rather than
witness such another scene of suffering like that
which he has once passed through.
I have called Dr Pitney
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
in consultation and
Augustus is now under active mercurial treat-
ment. A few days will show if it is of any use.
May our painful anxieties then have an end.
I trust you had a comfortable ride to Philada
The weather was good and the state of the roads
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much better than common, tho no doubt, you thought them
in some places, bad enough. Do not let them prevent
you from coming to see us again.
Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
poor girl, desires her love to you and
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
. She would have written but is much fatigued
The duty has fallen upon me. I will not venture to
read my letter to see how I have discharged it,
but whether well or ill, my feelings are, in a
measure relieved.
Yours very truly
M. D. Canfield
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
M. D. Canfield
July, 1835