Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, April 30, 1837

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, April 30, 1837
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Date:1837-04-30

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, April 30, 1837

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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: ajs 

revision: crb 2015-12-17

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Bargain Town April 30
My dear Sister,
I was very much surprised to learn
by your letter of the 20th of the repeated afflictions
you have been called to suffer since the bereavemen ^t^
of your little daughter
Birth: 1836-08-25 Death: 1837-01-14
. When Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
visited
you, he wrote to me, and his letter afforded us
much comfort, he thought you manifested so
much resignation, & said nothing of any indis-
-position in the family. I had hoped you were all well
for I have heard nothing since his letter. I should
have felt with you deeply, but it would not have
relieved you had I know it— This is a suffering world
and if for a short time we are shielded from
pain & care it seems to thi ^c^ kens afterward , but this is
wisely ordered to lead us to place our affections
on the concerns of Eternity—I am sure I hope I am
grateful for the health & comfort which has been
bestowed on our little family
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  Birth: 1798-11-26  Death: 1865-01-05 
for the last few months
the children have had the whooping cough very
moderately. we felt great Anxiety for Augustus’ lame
side but it did not appear to affect it in the least,
indeed it must be quite sound—
I have a long kind letter from Locke
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14
of the 28th Inst
poor father is suffering very much the Spring—
it is a trying season for him— I feel so much
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solicitude for them I dream of them every night.
My dear mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
is a sweet example of pious
resignation in all her trials and privations she
never complains—
I need not say how much pleasure it would
afford me to spend some time with you this
summer for there are a great many thing I
would love to say to you & ask you that I
cannot write— but I do not expect it will be
possible for us to leave home this season—
Mahlon expected to have gone out west again
this Spring & I should have gone as far as your
place & remained for his return but his
business is so arranged as not to require it—
I hardly know how to be content without visiting
father & Mother this Spring for a few days, but
we cannot both go & I cannot go alone—
I regret sincerely to hear of Lasettes
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
poor health
remember us kindly to her, we often speak of her
there are few persons whom Mahlon more
admired than Lasette, and he desired me to
say to you dear sister if you knew how happy
your letters make us you would try to write
us more frequently — but I can appreciate your
apology. I have been sadly afflictedct with
inflamed eyes myself this winter & now they are
very weak. I should have written long since, but
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found it impossible to use them much wit to
read or write without increasing the trouble—
give my love to Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
I hope she is already
restored to health, without which there is no
enjoyment— Kiss the dear little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
for me —
and when you can write a short letter & tell
Ma of your own health— Mahlon joins me
in love to you and my Brother
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
who is with you
I hope. I would never let him go away again.
Yours affectionately,
Cornelia
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Bargain Town N.J.
May 1.
M. D Canfield
Free PM
Mrs W. H. Seward
Auburn
Cayuga Co
N.Y
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Cornelia May 1837
PHILADA
May 2
PA
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