Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 5, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 5, 1840
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1840-09-05

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 5, 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: csh 

revision: crb 2017-07-05

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Saturday Aug 6th
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Editorial Note

Actually the letter was written in September according to recipient endorsement and postmark. September 6 was a Sunday
1840
My dear Henry,
I returned from Canandaigua
Thursday evening – not finding you here as I
hoped I might I should have written
immediately but was prevented yesterday by
the sickness of our dear little Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and a
violent toothache of my own – Willie is
bathing and has a turn similar to that which
he had a few weeks ago – Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

accompanied me home the day was cool and
the ride rather more comfortable than when
I went out though we had two or three Loco
foco men for fellow passengers who were
any thing but civil – I dont wonder they
feel cross – the prospect of defeat which
they have cannot be vastly soothing to the
temper however I think they might reason
an exhibition of their ill nature for those of
their own sex – I was very ill with sick
head ache the day I went out but the
stage being filled with good whigs I did
not suffer for want of attention – dont
you perceive I am forced to be a politician
whether I will or not –
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I received a letter from you at Canandaigua – found
one here on my return enclosing Mrs Doane's
Birth: 1806-03-31 Death: 1887-06-28
beautiful
note together with the letter of Mr Hall
Birth: 1814-07-23 Death: 1891-09-06

The Loco's must be reduced to great poverty
of invention if they cannot fabricate a more
probable or more credible piece of slander
than that contained in Hall's letter – It
says nothing of yourself Anna's
Unknown
reputation is
without spot or blemish I will not believe that
it can be injured by a story so preposterous –
I am not surprised at the part her husband
Unknown

has taken he is weak malicious and lazy –
has undoubledly been bribed a ssmall small
bribe would satisfy his conscience – For her
own sake I am sorry Anna has distroyed all
the letters which he has written her urging
her to live ^with^ him again – I have not seen her
since I returned and do not think I had better
say any thing about it to her if I do –
Dear little Willie is awake and crying I will
write again soon – my tooth ache so that
can hardly write intelligibly – I will write
to Mrs Doane but had I not better wait
now it has been deferred so long until I
come to Albany – are you coming to Auburn
or do you wish me to meet you there?
Lazette sends much love – Your own
Frances
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William H. Seward
Albany
AUBURN
SEP
5
N.Y.
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Stamp

Type: postmark

Hand Shiftx

Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs W.H. Seward
Sept 6. 1840