Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 25, 1837

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 25, 1837
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-09-25

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 25, 1837

action: sent

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: Albany, NY

transcription: gew 

revision: ekk 2015-06-08

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Auburn Sep 25th
My dear Henry, I am almost discouraged in
endeavouring to have a letter reach you but I
do not feel willing to lose any chance so I will
write a few lines again. You are so kind to write
to me so frequently that I should feel reproached
for disappointing you could I avoid it by attention
on my part. Yesterday evening (Sunday) I received your
letter from Philadelphia and this morning one from
New York written 3 days later. I am very thankful
to hear that you are well and have succeeded in
your business. I am glad you intend visiting George
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02-05

he was so much disappointed that he did not see
you last Spring. Nothing of importance has occurred
during your absence. I do not hear a word from
Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
yet I shall write again tomorrow. Mrs Smith
Unknown

told me yesterday that she had a letter from Henry
 Death: 1850-08-12Certainty: Probable

in which he mentioned that Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
had gone
to Pennsylvania to see about a bank, the Lumberman
I suppose. I am glad you have purchased the slabs
for Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
and Nealy
Birth: 1836-08-25 Death: 1837-01-14
, their graves look neglected.
I cannot agree with Bernard Barton
Birth: 1784-01-31 Death: 1849-02-19
in thinking that
“Greif must have spent itself before one thought to such
poor themes is lent.” that no monument “Is wanted
where affection has cushioned the memory of the dead.
I do not know how much my feelings may be influenced
by custom but to me a grave wholly unadorned always
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appears neglected. Still I do not measure the depth of
greif or affection by the height or costliness of a monument
the more simple the memento the more congenial it would
be to ^my^ feelings. A tree or shrub nursed by the hand of
love is to me a more touching tribute of affection than
the loftiest monument or “proudest tale recorded on it”. —
We are all well, my school has commenced a new
term. I require your assistance occasionally in my
Latin but am yet able to teach Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
. I am
not yet so fortunate a or unfortunate a mother as
Mrs Throop
Birth: 1806-02-11 Death: 1872-06-17
who expressed great astonishment that
I could teach Augustus adding that Montgomery
Birth: 1827-01-26 Death: 1892-09-11

knew a great deal more than she did.
Please to remember me affectionately to the Weeds
x Birth: 1819-02-06  Death: 1893-11-01  Birth: 1797-11-15  Death: 1882-11-22 
. Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

says do not forget the receipt for tomato’s, the [ Shaker
maker ]
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Supplied

Reason: 
was for towels not tablecloths, you will find
it at Albany. I would like two or three bulbs of
the tiger lily if it is in season but it is not important.
Your own Frances.
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William H. Seward
To the care of Thurlow Weed
Albany
Sep 26
N.Y.
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Stamp

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