Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 13, 1839

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 13, 1839
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1839-07-13

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 13, 1839

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: keh 

revision: ekk 2015-06-16

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Saturday 13th July
My dear Henry, I am writing in bed feeling
that no one else can so easily communicate
what I wish to say to you. I received your letter
of Thursday this morning - should have had a letter
written to you by Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
before but we have been looking
for you home the last two days - your letter disappointed
us. I am able to sit up sometimes 2 hours at a
time but cannot walk without much pain - while
in bed I am very comfortable. Think I gain strength
slowly. Dr Mosier left last week. Dr Thompson
Birth: 1810-05-02 Death: 1869-09-21

has taken his place in the village - he has
been here twice to see Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
- she was very unwell
while here. Dr Mosier bled her once in the arm which
undoubtedly increased her indisposition. Dr Thompson has
since taken some blood from her head - but she
went home in no way relieved. I feel very anxious
about her. Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
came out when Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
went to Utica.
They all returned home yesterday. Lazette's spirits were
much depressed - her head occasions her much suffering.
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We expect Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
back from Ithica to day. I am sorry
to hear of Harriet
Birth: 1819-02-06 Death: 1893-11-01
's continued illness. Is Lucinda
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visiting
or assisting Harriet. I wish before you leave you
would have a free conversation with Harriet - try
to ascertain what arrangement can be made for
her comfort. I am afraid she will not be well
again soon - she had a similar attack six
years ago which continued a long time.
Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
gives but a poor account of Catherine
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.
Remember that Harriet will tell you nothing unless
you ask her and will bear much without
troubling you - we must not allow her to be
imposed upon or to work beyond her strength - you
may if you please mention to her that there is
a coloured girl here by the name of Simons
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who
would like to go to Albany if she thinks we had better
dismiss Catherine. This girl bears a very good character she
is from Homer - has lived much with the Randall
Unknown
's.
The only objection to this plan is that I am afraid I shall
have too many engaged for the Winter, but I prefer to
make Harriet comfortable at all events. I gave
directions for the dismissal of the gardner - a week
ago. I am sorry you cannot see the garden
in this season of its beauty - every one speaks of its
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looking charmingly - the roses and lill lilies are very
abundant and various. All are well as usual.
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is not so pretty as Fred was but he is a nice
little boy and very quiet. Do write a line or two as
often as you can you do not know dearest how
much it greives me to hear from you so seldom.
I have at present little to amuse me but my
own reflections. I hope you will be able to read
this illegible scrawl. I have written it with
difficulty - at intervals. My love to Harriet
Weed
Birth: 1819-02-06 Death: 1893-11-01
and Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
– your own Frances —
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William H. Seward
Albany —
AUBURN N.Y.
JUL 13
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Mrs W. H.Seward
July 13. 1839