Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, October 8, 1837

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, October 8, 1837
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Date:1837-10-08

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, October 8, 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: ajs 2015-11-10

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Bargaintown Octr 8 1837.
My dear Sister,
Your affectionate letter reca d this moment
would make me well if I were sick, but I am happy
to be able to assure ^yet^ that with the exception of debillity
I am quite comfortable, have been down stairs two or
three days— baby
Birth: 1837-09-15 Death: 1839-03-10
is well, but rather fretful — I cannot tell
you how much I was disappointed that Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

did not come down to see us, but it is such a long
dreary road I don’t wonder.
I received a letter from Ma
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
& Julia Ann
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
of the 2” Inst
they both write so discouragingly of or Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
and Mothers
health that I determined to set out for Florida as
soon as I should get strength sufficient for the
undertaking. I should have to leave my family
all winter and how to get half that I could trust
in a great difficulty. Julia Ann says Mas health
is wretched. your letter encourages me a little. they
did not write that Ma had chills. they do discourage
on so much, Ma wrote me that she had lost all
ambition — and spirit — oh— I cannot describe to you
how anxious I feel to be with them if possible to
alleviate their sufferings — Dr.
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
is willing I should
go, but it looks like such a sacrifice to leave
husband & children
x Birth: 1837-09-15  Death: 1839-03-10  Birth: 1834-07-25  Death: 1922-02-28  Birth: 1829-12-04  Death: 1867-10-25  Birth: 1832-02-20  Death: 1876-01-14 
so long, unless my father
really desired it. We shall leave him in the Spring
I think beyond a doubt, I could live on potatoes for the sake
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of being near Ma to comfort her Dr thinks & talks
of Illinois but I hope we shall not be compelled to go
there. I am glad to hear that Lasette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is better. I feared
to hear from her. I had a letter from Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
since you
left them. No I do not attencd them during Mornings
think the length of a letter is always an evidence
of the bounds of our affection, but I am always
glad when you are able to write a long one.
I always delighted to see your hand.
Our children are all well, love little Mary Seward
very much. Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
says that if she should die (little
sis) she could sit on Ma's lap and have little sisters
caps and frocks. Ask Uncle Henry what he thinks of
my going to Fl. I do not feel so anxious about
them since I read your letter. I thought from all that
Ma & J
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
wrote they could not be expected to live
thru the winter. — Excuse this dreadful letter I cannot
write it gives me pain in my side
Our love dear Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
how I would love to see her.
Kiss the little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
for Auntie. — Dr is gone to Mays Landing
Most affectionately yours
Cornelia
Dr desires me to remember him to you —
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Bargaintown N.J.
Oct. 9
M. D. Canfield PM
Free
Mrs. W. H. Seward
Auburn
Cayuga Co.
N.Y.
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
My Sister
Oct 8, 1837