Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to Mary Jennings Seward, October 26, 1837

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Mary Jennings Seward, October 26, 1837
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-10-26

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Mary Jennings Seward, October 26, 1837

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

location: Bargaintown, NJ

receiver: Mary Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27  Death: 1844-12-11

location: Florida, NY

transcription: atb 

revision: crb 2015-12-10

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To the
Bargain Town, Octr 26th 1837.
My very dear Mother,
I had hoped ere
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this
time to hear directly from home that your
health was better, but have been disappointed,
tho' by a letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
I was comforted
by the assurance that both Pa
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
& yourself were
better. I intended when last I wrote, to write soon
again but my little Mary
Birth: 1837-09-15 Death: 1839-03-10
is so fretful I scarce
can eat in peace, she is the most thriving
healthy child too we have had, I do not know
why she is so fretful. I am pretty well myself
tho' I am so wearied at night with nursing
that I feel almost sick – no one else can
quiet her – she is good at night however & I
hope when she is three months she will be
a better girl – she is six weeks old.
I have given out going on north this fall
of course, unless Father or Mother were very ill
which I hope may not be the case. I cannot
tell you may dear Mother how much
anxiety your last letter caused, I never knew you
to write so gloomy – excuse this letter I write
in such haste while sis
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
sleeps.
Most affectionatymy dear mother
Yours Cornelia—
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Dear Julia Ann
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
,
If you knew how much I am
obliged for your kind letters you would write
often. I feel so anxious about my Parents I hope
you will write me as often as your numerous
cares will admit, I know your time is necessarily
very much occupied, still I think you can
tell me so much on a small piece of paper
I almost envy you, your style – your last
letter was an excellent one. Papa said when
he read it for me, for I was very ill with sick
head ache – it almost determined me to start
off at once, but baby is so troublesome I dont
know how to keep her at home.
I know you must be very much confined
& have a heavy charge but I can assure you
you have the sincere gratitude of us all
I wish I could share your cares with you
but it cannot be – in haste, my love to Locke
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14

& all enquiring friends. Aunt Charlotte
Unknown
sends hers
to Ma. I wish you had Caroline to talk for
you she is a smart little girl & great talker
& rather pretty she would help to pass away a
wearisome hour.
sincerely your friend
L.C C —
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Mrs. Mary Seward
Florida
Orange Co.
N.J.
Bargaintown, N.J.
Oct 27 M.D. Canfield
Free P.M.
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