Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 13, 1838

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 13, 1838
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Date:1838-03-13

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 13, 1838

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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: Westfield, NY

transcription: cef 

revision: ekk 2015-06-09

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Auburn March 13th
My dearest Henry,
I am very sorry that you think
I have been negligent about writing. I wrote
as you desired me to do before I returned
from Canandaigua and until I received your
first letter it never occurred to me that you
would expect to hear from me earlier. In
that letter you spoke of a probability of your
coming home in ten days, this prevented
my writing again supposing you would not receive
my letter should I write. I have been looking
for your appearance a day or two, this morning
I received your letter of the 9th[ . ]
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Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
came to Canandaigua Wednesday
afternoon. I was obliged to detain him until the
next day as I had returned no calls. Thursday
morning I found the snow diminishing so rapidly
that I decided upon leaving that afternoon.
One of our horses being lame I told Nicholas
to supply their places with Mr Blossoms
Birth: 1792-04-09 Death: 1849-05-29Certainty: Probable

grays. I had made but two calls when it
commenced raining, but I went to Grangers
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31

and Mrs Spencers
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10
maugre
In opposition; in spite of • To defy •
the rain. Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

was to accompany me to Mrs Graigs
Unknown
. I returned
for her and by the time we had made this visit
it was one oclock, the sleigh shoe was broken
& to be mended, dinner to be eaten all in
half an hour as I had intended setting out at 1/2 past[ . ]
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Every thing seemed to go wrong and worst of all
we had a prospect of performing our journey over
bare roads. Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
and Granger consulted together
about the best route for me to take finally
concluded upon my going through Orleans
by Oaks'. Worden wrote the direction all down
upon a card I never should have remembered had
he not. I was to stay all night at Waterloo,
in case I had not a prospect of getting home
at a reasonable hour. The rain had become a
moist heavy snow, little better than rain.
With all our exertions it was 1/2 past 2 when we came
away. We found the sleighing more tolerable
than we had any reason to anticipate, it was
nearly 7 oclock when we reached Waterloo.
Nicholas was very wet, indeed the continual
falling of the snow was getting rather un-
comfortable for us all. I directed Nicholas
to drive to Birdsall
Birth: 1791-05-14 Death: 1872-02-08
's where (finding Mrs Fosgate
 Death: 1848-03-10

at home and the family all well) I remained
all night. Mrs Fosgate was glad to see me &
I had a very good visit, left them at 10
the next morning and came home over bare
roads. Nicholas crossed the ice. Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
& I
walked over the bridge. I found all well at
home. Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
had been a good boy and studied
all the time he was not with his Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
.
Charlotte Moses
Unknown
a daughter of our cousin
Birth: 1799 Death: 1877-04-03
at
Marcellus came before I had been home an hour
and staid all night. Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17Certainty: Probable
came over
to take tea with us. The next day I went
to see Mrs Benedict
Birth: 1791 Death: 1869-12-30Certainty: Probable
who had come to Mr
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Beach
Birth: 1785 Death: 1839-08-08Certainty: Probable
's while I was absent. They were to
return home Monday, from thence I went
to Throopsville in pursuit of a girl to supply
Mary Bloods
Unknown
place who was to leave Monday
my search was unsuccessful I returned
with a violent nervous headache which
has continued with intermissions ever since.
I was almost tempted last night to resort
to the use of opium but I do not like the habit
the consequences of it are frequently, if not univer-
sally, lamentable.
I had a very pleasant visit at Lazette's
should have staid longer but was afraid
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
would be left without a girl as she
would have been. We have one come to
day, very poorly recommended however.
Clara and McLallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
still talk of housekeeping
but have not decided upon a house.
Nicholas and Peter have completed the hot bed
they found some difficulty in getting bog earth
the snow in the woods is still deep and
the ground frozen.
I found a long letter from Serene
Birth: 1802

awaiting my return, it was chiefly filled with
an account of the recent duel all of which
I had previously read. Serene seems to consider
Cilley
Birth: 1802-07-02 Death: 1838-02-24
a martyr instead of a man who
died violating the law of God and man,
of course she has heard but one side.
I feel some doubt now about this letter
coming to your hands but I would not willingly
disappoint you again. your own Frances.
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William H. Seward
Westfield
Chatauque Co.
AUBURN
Mar
14
N.Y.
18 2/
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F.A. Seward
March 13. 1838