Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 29, 1839

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 29, 1839
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1839-07-29

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 29, 1839

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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: Plattsburgh, NY

transcription: cef 

revision: ekk 2015-06-16

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My dear Henry
Your letter of Saturday came yesterday
afternoon. I was quite ill the day Henry Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29

left having made no small exertion to see him[ . ]
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I am better now and not withstanding the
extreme heat continue to gain strength. I
take a meal or two with the family every
day and this morning walked far enough
in the garden to see two beautiful dahlias
which are in flower. Mr Clay came
in town about 5 oclock Thursday afternoon
a committe of gentlemen went out to meet
him, he went immediately to the American
where he made a speech on the piazza in reply
to something addressed to him by Bronson
Birth: 1792 Death: 1857-06-20Certainty: Probable
which
the boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
said he read from a paper in so low
a tone as not to be intelligible. Henry Clay
and his son
Birth: 1817-11-09 Death: 1864-01-26
both spent the night at our house
his son and some other gentlemen took tea with us
he did not come himself until after tea when
his time was occupied in receiving the calls of some of
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the ladies from the village. I saw him a few
moments in the evening and the next morning
at breakfast he seemed to talk with some difficulty
being exceedingly hoarse from speaking so much in
the open air, probably talked much less here than
he would have done had you been at home.
I was pleased with his appearance but it was
altogether different from all I had fancied.
I have not heard from Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
since I wrote before
I will write to Oswego in a few days. your own Frances
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Frederick Seward

Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

Auburn, July 29th 1839.
My dear Pa,
Mr Clay came into the village on Thursday afternoon. A
great many people went to meet him in carriages. Augustus
went out with Charles Compston
Unknown
in a wagon with the poney before
it. Mr Clay did not come until after Augustus came back. I went
the American Hotel with Mr Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
to see him. He made a
speech at the American Hotel. We are all very well excepting the
yellow kitten. He is getting better and is getting better lying in
Ma's easy chair. The old cat stays in the garden most all the time.
Your affectionate son
Frederick.
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William H. Seward
Plattsburgh
Clinton Co.
AUBURN
JUL 29
N.Y.
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Frances A. Seward
July 29, 1839