Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, August 9, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, August 9, 1840
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1840-08-09

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, August 9, 1840

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: cnk 

revision: crb 2017-06-30

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Sunday Aug. 9th– 1840
My dear Henry, I did not mean to let a week
pass without writing but it has ere gone by – I received
your letter Friday – Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
obtained the money from
Mr Beardsley
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15
the next day – Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
was here yesterday
say I must not expect you home immediately – he looks
in better health than I have seen him for a long time
addressed a large meeting at the Log Cabin last
evening – Kit is gaining glory rapidly – I suppose
Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
mind was relieved by the nomination of
Gerrit Smith
Birth: 1797-03-07 Death: 1874-12-28
by the Abolitionists —
Nothing of particular interest has occurred the
last week – I have had a dentist
Birth: 1813Certainty: Possible
operating upon
my poor teeth which has made me somewhat
uncomfortable – but I am well, well for the first
time in nearly sixteen years – I feel as if new
life were given me and notwithstanding the increase
of grey hairs at least ten years younger —
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
has a vacation of three weeks – The
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closing exercises of the school which even at the
Methodist Church – then was a large audience – the
boys
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 
performed their parts very well much to
the credit and satisfaction of their teacher Mr
Hopkins
Birth: 1786-04-25 Death: 1862-06-27Certainty: Possible
who made me a visit yesterday —
Freddy seems to have won his heart – he regretted that
he would not be under his care the next term.
Poor Fred it is fortunate that he has some ambition
and does apply himself when he attends school
his feeble health keeps him at home more than
half the time – I have persuaded Augustus to
give me an hour every day for the study of history
he complies somewhat reluctantly – would much
rather be engaged in shooting birds, swimming
or fishing – he went on Friday with McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16

to Montezuma they returned with a quantity
of ducks and an immense crane which has
attracted very general attention among the boys
of the neighbourhood — Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
was absent
three days last week attending the commencement at
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Geneva — I have a long letter from Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
– She
was quite ill again last week – She has an excellent
opportunity to spend the Winter in Texas and says
She shall go if you and I think it advisable.
A daughter
Birth: 1820-08-06 Death: 1897-12-12
of Helen Ann Wood
Unknown
of Bath married
about a year ago Dr Moore
Birth: 1808-04-20 Death: 1864-09-01
formerly of Bath but
for four or five years a resident in Texas - at present
a member of their Congress - his wife remained here
after their marriage on account of the ill health of her
mother - her husband is to come for her this fall and Helen ann
who has been to see Lazette wishes very much to have her
accompany them back - she to remain with them through
the winter – I have no doubt the climate would benefit her
as her disease be bronchitis or what it may – she is failing
fast here and unless a favourable change is affected in her
constitution cannot live long - I have suffered much anxiety on
her account for a year past and should now feel unwilling
to have her so far away from me - Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
of course objects to
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
going - but he is rather too unreasonable to influence any one.
It is late in the evening I have put Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
in bed and
am much obliged to him for allowing me to finish my letter
a favour I did not expect so good night dearest
your own
Frances —
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William H. Seward
Albany
AUBURN N.Y.
AUG 10
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Mrs W.H. Seward
Aug 9. 1840