Letter from Augustus Seward to William Henry Seward, March 2, 1841

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Letter from Augustus Seward to William Henry Seward, March 2, 1841
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1841-03-02

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Letter from Augustus Seward to William Henry Seward, March 2, 1841

action: sent

sender: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08

location: Goshen, NY

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: mah 

revision: crb 2016-02-11

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Florida, March 2. 1841.
My very dear Uncle,
The suspense, which we have all been
in, concerning the state of your dear Son Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
, & the
confidence which we have felt that every mail would
bring us more certain news respecting the issue of his illness
have caused me to defer thus long writing to you.
I cannot, of course, realize the depth of a Father’s
solicitude, yet I can and do really sympathize with you
in view of his extreme sickness, while, at the same time,
I am unable to relinquish the hope that our fears
concerning him are not to be realized; may our Heavenly
Father grant that he may yet be restored to health,-
or, if it be otherwise ordained, that you may have grace from
on high cheerfully to abide the dispensations of a kind &
infinitely wise Providence.
The sympathies which you express, in letters
to my Grand Parents
x Birth: 1769-11-27  Death: 1844-12-11  Birth: 1768-12-05  Death: 1849-08-24 
, for us who have been so deeply
afflicted call forth my gratitude. Difficult as it is
to kiss the rod
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which smites” I desire to murmur not –
I would that I had not been called to drink this bitter
cup, yet I desire not to be made submissive to my
Heavenly Father’s will.
Mama
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
& Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
go with me to New York
to-morrow. I had been in hopes of meeting you here,
until your letter of Saturday morning arrived. I know not
now when I shall be able to do so, tho’ I am extremely anxious
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to communicate with you upon matters of some impor-
tance to myself.
Mama & Clarence send love to yourself & my dear
Aunt
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
.
In great haste I remain
Your deeply afflicted Nephew
Augustus S.
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His Excl’y
W. H. Seward
Gov’ State New York,
Albany.
GOSHEN N.Y.
MAR 3
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Stamp

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Hand Shiftx

Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Augustus Seward
March 2d
1841