Letter from Lousia Cornelia Seward Canfield to William Henry Seward, September 12, 1836

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Letter from Lousia Cornelia Seward Canfield to William Henry Seward, September 12, 1836
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Date:1836-09-12

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Letter from Lousia Cornelia Seward Canfield to William Henry Seward, September 12, 1836

action: sent

sender: Louisa Canfield
Birth: 1805-10-29  Death: 1839-01-04

location: Bargaintown, NJ

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

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: bms 

revision: bms 2015-11-18

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Bargain Town Septr 12th
Dear Brother,
It gave us no small pleasure to receive your
kind letter of the 28th August and congratulate ^you^ with all our
hearts on the arrival of the little stranger
Birth: 1836-08-25 Death: 1837-01-14
and the comfort-
able health of our Sister
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
. It has been a cruel long time
since we heard one word from you, and I forbear to write
because I know it worries Frances when you have not time
to answer such letters.
I had a delightful visit at Florida I found our Parents
x Birth: 1769-11-27  Death: 1844-12-11  Birth: 1768-12-05  Death: 1849-08-24 

much more pleasantly situated than I ever saw them
before. Polydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
seems the almost only draw back on their
comfort. They talked of making you a visit whilst I was
there, in that case I should have gone with them.
I was gone two months, spent three weeks with Washington
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07

In a perfect hornets nest Wells
Unknown
accused Washington
of taking money from the store, whilst I was there G.
looked forlorn & broken down but dare not say anything.
I could not keep still, so I blew them all up, we had
a regular row, I told Wells he lied—& the man who
would charge such a thing on George S was no better
than to secrete the money, for the purpose of making the
charge. Dr
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
. sat by and heard the whole & he is no
better than the rest of them, and I begin to think G.
is a fool or he would run away from such
masters—they requested me not to mention the subject
to Papa, but Washington wished I should to confirm
his story. I did so, on my return home & lo! a letter
comes from G.—saying Tempe
Birth: 1812-09-30 Death: 1848-10-18
persuaded
To influence by argument, advice, or intreaty • To convince by arguments, or reasons offered •
him to keep still.
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I do not know what Father will think with my interference
but I could not keep still, when a Brother of mine is treated
so like a dog. Leddels
x Birth: 1783-10-25  Death: 1865-04-15  Birth: 1780-06-01  Death: 1866-02-25 
all smiled sweetly on me when I
came away in order to keep me quiet—they did not
our Father acquainted with their management.
Dr. has been sick, does not get quite well, talks of going
to Illinois--in case he should he will see you either
going or returning—leaves home 3rd Octbr
I persuaded
To influence by argument, advice, or intreaty • To convince by arguments, or reasons offered •
him to go hoping (as much as I can) he
may see some more agreeable place to locate than
this dreary Egg Harbor. You know how much I would
like to visit ^you^ but cannot promise another long visit
so soon—will Frances spend the summer with you
do let us hear from her again soon, do, do not
neglect it we love her dearly & feel always anxious
for her. My boys
x Birth: 1832-02-20  Death: 1876-01-14  Birth: 1829-12-04  Death: 1867-10-25 
go to school (board) down shore),
Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
is my only chick at home & she is very nice.
Remember me, very affectionately, to Frances when you write.
Your affectionate
Sister, Cornelia
In haste as usual I promised Ma to write to you for her
when I was at F. do not forget occasionally to supply her
purse, it is a great comfort to her and what she ought to have.
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Bargain Town N.J.
M.D. Canfield
Sep. 12
Free
P.M.
W.H. Seward Esq.
Westfield
Chatauqua Co.
New York
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
L.C. Seward
Sept 12. 1836