Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 8, 1836

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 8, 1836
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Date:1836-07-08

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 8, 1836

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Batavia, NY

transcription: msf 

revision: fdc 2019-09-27

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Friday July 7th
My Dearest Henry, I have concluded to adopt your
plan of writing before breakfast, these warm days so
enervate me that I cannot well write at any
other time. I have been very much troubled about
Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
the last two days — I wrote you last week
that she was sick but had partially recovered
she has had a relapse and been very ill the
last two days — she has been bled so much and
taken so much medicine that I wonder she can
move at all. I think her complaint was not entirely
removed at first and she was not as careful as
she should have been — it takes some years sickness
to produce all the caution which is necessary in such
cases — the pain in her side still continues she is
unable to lie in bed — Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
watched with her
Wednesday and Mrs Chace
Birth: 1791 Death: 1862-10-14
last night — she is easier
this morning — Harriet has been with her a great
part of the time — she is one of the best girls I ever
knew I love her more every day — every day her
good sense and goodness of heart are more &
more developed — I am sometimes almost selfish
enough to wish that she loved her home and friends
at home less that she might be more contented
with us Friday July 7 th but after all it is this
same affectionate disposition which makes her unhappy
away from them that endears her to me — She
received a letter from her Father
Unknown
a few days
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ago — he said he was expecting to hear from you soon —
I have received two kind letters from you since
I wrote last — that from Rochester came this
morning — Rathbone
Birth: 1751-10-20 Death: 1843-03-14
kept the canal — he wrote to me
from Weedsport — his letter did not contain much
but evinced the kindness of his heart — do not
fail to mention it when you write to him and
express my gratitude — Maryann Converse
Birth: 1805-05-02 Death: 1848-01-09
was
here yesterday she seems if possible more heartless
and more artificial in her manners than
ever — perhaps I have only become a more
close observer – Converse
Birth: 1798-11-21 Death: 1860-03-21
has gone to N. York
I received a card from W. G. Clark
Birth: 1808-10-05 Death: 1841-06-12
and his
bride
Birth: 1817 Death: 1838-12-07
yesterday morning — they passed through
town the day before — Have you seen the Olipodiana
purporting to have been been written by him for the
“New Yorker” — it is very silly I doubted its
authenticity from the first but could get no
one to join me — there were many allusions to his
recent marriage and “fair bride” I hear since
that it has been announced that it is spurious
I hope it is for I like the man and am unwilling
to have him make himself ridiculous — Mrs
B
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23Certainty: Possible
regrets very much that Mrs Clark exposed
her neck so much and complained so much
of indisposition while she was here — and Mrs B’s
kind
Unknown are equally grieved that her dresses
and cut so low and that she is so deficient
in refinement — I should judge from B’s
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04Certainty: Possible
appearance
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that he is perfectly satisfied and this after all is the
only material point — There is a letter here for
you from A. Conkling
Birth: 1789-10-12 Death: 1874-02-05
(the judge I suppose) Albany saying
that he is coming west about this time to look for
a place to settle — none from Florida or from Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04

This is the birth day of our dear little Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
he is
happily employed with his book and other birthday presents
Mr Becker’s
Unknown
first term closes to day although Augustus’
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

quarter has not expired — he commences his school
again in after a week’s vacation but removes from
the exchange buildings to the Methodist church
Is it best for Augustus to commence another quarter?
Or will he allow him to make up the last? I think
the change of situation not very material except
that the free school is kept also in the Church
I suppose the s[ ch ]
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olars will not be the most advan-
tageous companions imaginable – Those scholars
which have been withdrawn from Mr Beckers school
have entered Mr Lockwoods
Birth: 1793-11-07 Death: 1875-02-12
but I am unable
to say whether the change has been for the better
the truth is the elementary branches are shamefully
neglected everywhere — this precocious age seems to
consider reading writing and spelling of very little
consequence in a childs education — were I tolerably
well I would keep the boys at home one year and devote
my own time to them I do not think it could be better
employed — Augustus has written upon an average only 3
lines a day since he has attended this school. The last
2 days have been very oppressive — I hope are quite well again
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I was very much edified and consoled by the cogent arguments
you made use of to convince me that it was good for me to be
alone — You have before this time received my letter and
the little boys — George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
must have arrived while you were
absent — — I close this letter to day that it may reach
you while you are yet at Batavia — Lazette desires particular
love to John Birdsall
Birth: 1802 Death: 1839-07-22
when you get to Chataqua — All join
in love to you — My love to the Cary’s
x Birth: 1786-08-11  Death: 1869-06-20  Birth: 1787-08-11  Death: 1863-06-22 

Jenkins
Birth: 1792
painted the steps yesterday for the 1st time — Snip
 Death: 1848

walked all over them last night by way of recreation &
I have been endeavouring all day to obtain another coat
of paint without success — My eyes have been spent in the service

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of Lucinda for the last 2 days to enable her to remain with
us until Saturday — I have not yet succeeded in getting any one to
do my sewing — you see I am not going to allow you to forget
us – your own Frances —

William H. Seward
Batavia —
AUBURN, N.Y.
Jul.9.
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F.A. Seward
July 9, 1836