Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, October 30, 1836

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Date:1836-10-30

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, October 30, 1836

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

location: Bargaintown, NJ

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: bms 

revision: bms 2015-12-08

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Bargain Town Oct 30
My dear Sister,
I received some time since, a kind
letter from my dear, good Brother
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
, informing us, of
the arrival of a little stranger girl
Birth: 1836-08-25 Death: 1837-01-14
at your house.
Also one since of your welfare, I can assure you after
so very long a silence, this was welcome tidings, to those
who love you ^so^ much. I earnestly hope ere
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ere

Before; sooner than •
this you are
quite well, able to write me the color of the little Ladys, hair & eyes
By the time you receive this, I hope my truant Husband
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05

will be with you, well & happy—He left home four weeks
since for the West. I have received several letters, the last
from Louiville, Ky, getting on very well & coming home
by way of Buffalo & Auburn, on purpose as I verily
believe to see you. If he enquires after us, tell him, we
are, well, with the exception of colds among the children
x Birth: 1834-07-25  Death: 1922-02-28  Birth: 1832-02-20  Death: 1876-01-14  Birth: 1829-12-04  Death: 1867-10-25 
.
Caroline had an attack of cholera morbus last week, very
violent & high fever, I was dreadfully alarmed for her but she
is nearly recovered now. I never in my life felt so much
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responsibility, you know my dear Sister how much my
Husband shares with me the anxiety & care on such occasions
I was alone now with the exception of a Cousin
Unknown
, & no Dr.
within a sending distance, I gave her some small doses
of Calomel & lo! her mouth was awful sore on the
second day—but I believe it was only the fever.
She has just waked and very fretful as children are
after having been nursed and indulged for thro’ a season
of illness. Henry wrote me that your friend Harriet
Birth: 1807-04-20 Death: 1883Certainty: Possible
was
with ^you^ where was Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
, I hope she is not sick, I think
nothing less would have prevented her being with you.
I had a letter from my dear Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
a week since. She
was well, happy in a change which has lately come
over our poor unfortunate Brother Polydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
, for the last
three months he has been very steady & attentive & kind
to his family & Parents
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
, we can all rejoice with her & but
hope with fear that it will not continue. For Locke’s
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14
sake
I sincerely hope it may be lasting she is a good soul.
Poor Geordie
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
, pours out his afflicted soul in a
long letter recd last eve’g on those Leddles
x Birth: 1783-10-25  Death: 1865-04-15  Birth: 1780-06-01  Death: 1866-02-25 
are brutes.
I envy Pats
Unknown
place in my Fathers
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
kitchen, for my
unfortunate Brother. I enclosed G.W.S. letter to his Papa.
I wish I had time to tell you what a delightful
visit I had at Florida last summer. I should have
written you long since but I knew your eyes were weak
—I was fearful you would think I would expect an
answer. I am always delighted to hear from you
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but do not think it is any neglect if you do not
write. If Mahlon should be with you after you
receive this please tell him we are getting along
very well since Caroline got well, but still shall be very
ready to see him—count every hour until he comes.
Henry has given me an invitation to join you in
spending the next summer with him. I have been
urging my little Cousin (who is staying with me,
to keep my company out there, so you see my
dear Sister, I am laying plans already, for seeing
my young niece & her dear mother, for a moment
I have forgotten how lonely I have been since M
left—how many good resolves I have made
not to leave him so much for the
future.
I hope if it is not too much trouble your friends
will write me a few lines to assure me of your
recovery if M does not return thro, your place,
but I think he will.
I am so fortunate as to have the society of a Cousin
of M’s—a kind lovely girl s always cheerful &
pleasant. My dear Sister I am afraid I shall weary
you but I do not know where to leave off.
Give my kindest love to Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
, tell her I want badly
to see her, to Lazette when you see her & my Brother
when you write. Kiss the dear little boys for Aunty & the babe
Ever my dear Sister
Yours sincerely.
Cornelia.
Excuse all mistakes I
write (as usual) in
much haste.
Mrs. F.A. Seward.
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Mrs. Frances A. Seward
Auburn.
Cayuga County.
New York
Bargain Town
N.J. Novber 1st
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
L.C. Seward
Oct 20. 1836.