Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 25, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 25, 1840
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1840-10-25

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 25, 1840

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

location: Albany, 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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Albany Oct 25th
My dear Henry, I commenced a letter to you while
I was in New York but my time was so much occupied
that I left it unfinished. I left Spring Lawn and the
Webb
x Birth:   Death: 1848-07-01  Birth: 1802-02-02  Death: 1884-06-07 
’s last Monday morning accompanied by Mr
Morell
Birth: 1815-01-08 Death: 1883-02-11
a nephew of Mr Webb’s — Samuel Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07

was waiting for me having just returned from a visit
to his sister
Birth: 1823-10-29 Death: 1852-02-14
at Philadelphia — I purposed remaining
in the city until Tuesday evening but my first
visit to Parmly
Birth: 1797-03-13 Death: 1874-12-13
the dentist compelled me to change
my purpose — he informed me that it would require
three or four days to prepare my teeth to fill
and that if I deferred it until Spring my teeth
would in all probability be gone — This alternative not
being particularly desirable, after some reflection I made up
my mind to remain — I was sorry to be obliged to do this
as I felt very unwilling to inflict my family
x Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
upon Mrs
Blatchford
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
for so long a time — I half resolved to go to the
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Hotel but concluded that would be rather absurd after spending
one night at Mrs Blatchfords — Mary
Unknown
made me uncomfortable
all the time I was away — She has no tact in managing the
child and is so engrossed with herself and our affairs that
she neglects him — he has no love for her — The Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
s
were exceedingly kind to me and had I been engaged in any
other way my visit would have been very pleasant — It
rained the first three days constantly the remaining
three were very pleasant — I was obliged to visit Dr Parmly
once or twice every day and finally spent the last hour of
my time in the city at his office — my teeth were
sore and painful much of the time — Mrs Minturn
Birth: 1811 Death: 1886-11-27
Ruggles
Birth: 1800-09-26 Death: 1878-10-12

Draper
Birth: 1798-11-02 Death: 1870-11-28
Curtis
Birth: 1796-03-22 Death: 1843-06-11
Grinnell
Birth: 1803-11-21 Death: 1872-02-23
Bowen
Birth: 1816 Death: 1872-07-15
M Amory
Birth: 1798-03-11 Death: 1847-11-16
and Kent
Birth: 1812-05-18 Death: 1870-07-30
called
upon me — I returned the calls of those who came sufficiently
early in the week — As for the gentlemen
x Birth: 1802-10-02  Death: 1861-01-04  Birth: 1796-09-07  Death: 1865-07-01  Birth: 1808-02-25  Death: 1886-09-29  Birth: 1803-03-03  Death: 1877-11-24  Birth: 1796-08-19  Death: 1873-02-16  Birth: 1795-04-14  Death: 1866-11-06  Birth: 1800-04-11  Death: 1881-08-28  Birth: 1805-11-16  Death: 1866-01-09 
the town was
too much excited by the political maneuvers of the
Loco’s to admit of their visiting — Col Amory was the only
man I saw who seemed to retain his composure — I was
surprised to see Mr Blatchford so much vexed by what
I supposed the lot of all who are active poloticians — I am
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very thankful that your equanimity is not so easily
disturbed — There has nothing occurred in a long time
which has produced so much commotion — The report that
Grinnell and Wetmore
Birth: 1799-12-12 Death: 1890-05-09
had absconded and that you had
come secretly to the city and was implicated in the
conspiracy, preposterous as it was, gained credit from
some — the papers are filled with evidences and
affidavits — you are undoubtedly before this fully
informed on the subject — The house seems
lonely without you — the weather is unpleasant and
many degrees colder than at New York — this evening
the ground is white with snow — We came up
the river in the “Swallow” very much to the
gratification of Fred — though I did not find it
so comfortable as the De Witt Clinton — I was strongly
tempted to come home with McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
but could not well
leave here just now — Shall we look for you next Saturday
Mr
Birth: 1793-09-16 Death: 1871-04-16
and Mrs Sherwood
Birth: 1796-03-24 Death: 1852-11-14
came on the boat with us
are to come here tomorrow — I was too much fatigued
go to Church — My love to All at home — your own
Frances —
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William H. Seward
Auburn —
ALBANY N.Y.
OCT 26
PAID
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs W. H. Seward
Oct 25. 1840