Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 15, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 15, 1840
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1840-10-15

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 15, 1840

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Spring Lawn, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mhb 

revision: tap 2017-06-29

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Spring Lawn – Oct 15th
My Dear Henry, It was not until Tuesday evening
that I received you first letter and then it
was accompanied by two others written two
days later —We are three miles from the Post Office
and when Mr Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
is absent letters and papers
are only occasionally sent for — I have not
written to you since the day after my arrival
here being ignorant of your movements and
uncertain where to direct a letter — Mr
Webb came from the city Saturday evening
and remained until Monday morning he
does not return again until Friday evening
consequently I must prolong my visit until the
following Monday when he goes again to the
city —Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
was quite sick all day
Sunday — chills and fever — but recovered sooner
than I dared hope— fever and ague and intermittent
fevers are very prevalent on the Island — One
of Mrs Webbs
 Death: 1848-07-01
little boys is quite sick (Andy
Birth: 1835-02-15 Death: 1911-02-12
)
at present — they
Birth: 1833-11-10 Death: 1876-12-03
have both had Chicken pox
since I came — I am anxious to get home
while we are all tolerably well — find it quite
as uncomfortable visiting with Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and Mary
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as I apprehended — We have had two fine days –the remainder of the time it has been too cold for
comfort — still I w ride or walk every day when
it does not rain — To day I am suffering
from my old tormentor nervous headache —
Friday morning — Last night I received letters
from Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
, Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
, and Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
— Sam
is to go to Philadelphia with his mother
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
to day
returns Monday afternoon where he will wait
to accompany me to Albany — his letter advises
me of your departure on Teusday morning —
Jennings wrote me a long, kind letter which I
will endeavour to answer while I am here —
I have not heard a word from home since
I left Albany — I am surprised that Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

does not write — I wait impatiently for a
letter from you to assure me that all are
well there — Should Mrs Blatchford be in the
city I will spend a day there but believe I
cannot make any other visit in New York
with Mary and Willie — Mary has relatives
in the city who will probably engross a portion
of her time— She seemed much disappointed that
she could not be with them the few hours we
we there before — Well, I am tempted to say
again as I have said many times before I will
never be guilty of the folly of visiting again
with a young child — There is more discomfort
in it than you can conceive—
Page 3

I hope you will spend as much time with
dear Sis
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
as you can — it is a long time since
she has seen you — I close my letter abruptly
to send it to Flushing — Mrs Webb desires me to
make her kind remembrance to you— your own
Frances —
Page 4

William H. Seward
Auburn
Cayuga County
FLUSHING N.Y.
OCT 17
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs W. H. Seward
Oct 15. 1840