Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 20, 1839

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 20, 1839
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1839-09-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 20, 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: sss 

revision: ekk 2015-06-16

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Auburn Th Friday Sep 20th
My dearest Henry,
I received your letter Tuesday but
have been unable to write until this time. Miss Brown
Unknown

left me Tuesday evening and Mrs Benedict
Unknown
not
coming immediately I have had the whole care of
our dear little boy
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
– yesterday I was sick all day
with nervous headache. I received a letter from
Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
Wednesday enquiring where you were at this
time – he had written to you about the same time
but feared you would not receive his letter. I
wrote him a few lines to let him know you were
in Albany – he is going to Florida for Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28

soon & spoke of your meeting him here the 28th which
I thought you could not do considering your other
engagements, however I presume you have written to him
and arranged that matter. Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
has grieved me
exceedingly by cutting down and mutilating our
beautiful trees – it seems to be rather discouraging to
attempt to ornament a place which does not belong
to yourself. No one who has not experienced the same
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feeling can know how fondly I am attached to every tree and
shrub about this place which has been a loved home so
many years. I went to see Mrs Lucas
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
Tuesday
she seemed in rather a desponding
To be cast down; to be depressed or dejected in spirits • To lose all courage, spirit, or resolution •
state about
her prospect for the future. I have since heard
that her friends have some of them written to her
to come to them, but that she did not intend
going – this information is so indefinite that
I cannot much depend upon it. Do if you have
any time write me what the agreement was between
you and Mr Lucas
Birth: 1799 Death: 1839-08-25
about the land in Chautauqua
did he ever pay any thing towards the purchase?
She seems notwithstanding what you said to place
some dependence upon it and I should judge as
is advised by her friends to that effect. She
spoke to me about it but I could give her no in-
formation. She says a number of lawyers have offered
to transact any business relating to it which may
be necessary, free of expense.
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
has gone to day to Canandaigua for Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
– is
to return tomorrow. I am very busily engaged in making
preparations to go to Albany. Tomorrow is the 8th day since
Willie was vaccinated still there is no appearance of its
taking effect. Dr Pitney
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
called this morning – is to come
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again this evening and renew the vaccination.
I have this moment received your letter with Dr Canfield
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
.
I ought to be at Albany when Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
’s children come
and will hasten my departure as much as possible.
From what Jennings has written I doubt their coming with
Marcia. I cannot leave until Willie has the kind pox
at least I should be unwilling to do so. Peter Miller
Birth: 1802-11-26 Death: 1851-09-17

has returned from Utica and will attend to packing.
It is unnecessary for you to come for me or to send
Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
. Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
goes to New York about
the time I purpose, leaving (the 1st of October) – he will
take care of me. Peter Miller will also come with
me unless you think it better for him to go on the
canal with the goods. Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
begins to waver about
going I should think it very doubtful. I write
under the influence of a violent nervous headache
which I have had three days. Mrs Horner
Birth: 1776 Death: 1864-10-17
will
accompany me. Your own Frances.
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William H. Seward
Albany
Sep 25 Auburn, NY
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Mrs William H. Seward
Sep 20, 1839