Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Mary Jennings Seward, December 30, 1838

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Mary Jennings Seward, December 30, 1838
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1838-12-30

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Mary Jennings Seward, December 30, 1838

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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: Unknown
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transcription: mmh 

revision: tap 2017-11-17

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Bargain Town Dec 30 38
My dear Parents
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
,
I am deeply indebted to each of you for
a very kind letter duly received, and am come now
at the close of this year to wish you the “compliments of
the Season” and as I trust you have had a “happy
Christmas”, so you may have a happier New Year —
Somehow on these holy days I am more inclined to
remember the home of my childhood, and all the
familiar faces inseparably connected with the ass-
-ociation — and when I assemble a few of our good
neighbors (to help us eat our turkey) on such occasions
I see none but strange faces — on New Years day we
expect a small party how much pleasure it would
afford me if I might anticipate the presence of
our dear Parents —
I was very much gratified with Mamas description
of the celebrations at Florida little Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
would
have entered quite into the spirit of the festival as
would also her Mama. I am not surprised my dear
Parents that his glad occasion almost renews your
age, it is no small honor to have a son
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
so deservedly
complimented as Henry has been — and I am sure
my dear Papa we all join in your prayer that “his
administration be distinguished for wisdom, stern
integrity and a care for the best interests of his native
State — I was delighted to learn by last mail (in a
letter from Frances Grier
Birth: 1801-01-16 Death: 1860-02-07
) of your comfortable health.
I hope it may be ^long^ continued, I thought often ^of^ your com
-fortable coal fires during the recent cold weather,
tho’ this climate is more mild than yours — today
has been moderate, pleasant being in the open air
without buffalo skins, or much additional clothing
I have recently received kind letters from Henry &
Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
(I regret very much to hear of her indisposition)
from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
and Washington
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
, the latter writes more
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cheerfully than he has been in the habit of doing
of late years — I hope & pray his experiment of
farming may answer his expectations —
I am gratified to hear of Mary Sewards
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
improvement
in her music, I hope she will become a proficient.
Caroline practiced while she was at Uncles a
good deal. She seems fond of it but I am afraid
she has not much ear. She remembers every body
and every thing she saw during her visit — and
affords me much pleasure in speaking of those
whom I love, she goes to school when the weather
is not too cold, and improves finely —
My little Mary Seward
Birth: 1837-09-15 Death: 1839-03-10
is very well, getting quite
chubby and rosy —
Please remember me kindly to all enquiring
friends _ and excuse this letter as I write in haste.
from your affectionate
Daughter
Cornelia
My very dear Parents —