Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, August 16, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, August 16, 1840
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Date:1840-08-16

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, August 16, 1840

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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: Albany, NY

transcription: csh 

revision: crb 2017-06-30

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Sunday Aug-16
My dear Henry, I did not intend to allow
Sunday to come round again before I wrote – but we have
had a busy week – Henrietta
Birth: 1813-11-19 Death: 1852-02-05
(Kasson that used to be) Ogden
came last week to visit us bringing with her a son
Birth: 1833-07-22 Death: 1893-05-23
of
William's
Birth: 1809-08-15 Death: 1888-09-29
she was taken sick Wednesday evening and has
been ill ever since — it was her intention to leave here
Friday but until to day she has been unable to sit up –
thinks now of leaving Tuesday or Wednesday – she regrets
very much that you are not at home – Henrietta
has changed very little since she was here 7
years ago – her mother
Birth: 1781 Death: 1868-11-25
is at Chicago keeping
house for Mr Ogden
Birth: 1811-07-16 Death: 1880-02-13Certainty: Probable
Mr
Birth: 1796-11-06 Death: 1852-09-08
and Mrs
Sibley
Birth: 1802-01-29 Death: 1877-05-21
were here Wednesday evening on their way
to Saratoga – we had company at the time
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
having invited some ladies to meet Henrietta
the Sibleys made a short call engaging to come
again the next morning which they did but
not until nearly one oclock and they had
been here but a few minutes when a messenger
from the Hotel summoned them to dinner
so I did not see them over 15 minutes it all –
Mary Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
and Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05
were among
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the ladies who visited us – Friday evening we attended
a large party at Dr Pitney's
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
– I never enjoy large
parties and this was not an exception –
Mrs Pitney honored Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
by selecting him to conduct
her to the supper room — Christopher
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
told
me something of the Convention but more
of the immense assemblage of Whigs at
Utica Thursday – is it not wonderful
the change in popular feeling within four
years — Harrison’s
Birth: 1773-02-09 Death: 1841-04-04
prospects are certainly flattering
at present – After Henrietta leaves
I shall be ready to go to Canandaigua – I think
I will go with Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
when he returns home
should he do so within a week or ten days
Clara would have gone to Romulus last
week but for the arrival of Henrietta —
Dont you think Snip
 Death: 1848
brit bit dear little
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
yesterday morning on the leg he broke
the skin but did not draw blood – it
alarmed me very much particularly at this
season of the year I am always dreading
hydrophobia — however Snip continues perfectly
well and I suppose is no more illnatured
than usual – Willie was by no means dismayed
by the savage reception his caresses met with
and would just as readily have pulled Snips
hair the next moment after he had ceased
crying with the pain – I have enjoined it upon
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Maria
Unknown
to not allow him to touch Snip again –
Mrs Sibley brought me a letter from Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
– she is
about as well as usual – Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
went to the
Convention but I did not see him – Pa is not
very well this morning — I have suffered considerably
with palpitations of the heart since Henrietta has been
sick the usual consequence of running up stairs –
We are invited to Abijah Fitch's
Birth: 1800 Death: 1883
this evening
to attend the wedding of Elizabeth Choat – She
is to marry a widower
Unknown
considerably older than
herself — The boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
send love your own
Frances
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William H. Seward
Albany
AUBURN
AUG
17
N.Y.
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs. William H. Seward
Aug 16, 1840