Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 6, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 6, 1841
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1841-03-06

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 6, 1841

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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: New York, NY

transcription: sss 

revision: tap 2017-07-05

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Saturday March 6th
My dear Henry,
Our boy
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
is so much better to day that
I cannot resist the inclination to give you the assurance
myself – he has had no relapse since you left us
and has to day been sitting up twenty minutes
The Dr
Unknown
still confines him to low diet – Dr McNaughton
Birth: 1796-12-10 Death: 1874-06-11

has discontinued his visits – Mrs Simpson
Unknown
was called
away yesterday to fulfill a previous engagement – I
was sorry to have her leave quite so soon but we
get along toler very well without her – Augustus
can help himself much more than he could four
days ago – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
was complaining yesterday but seems
as well as usual to day – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
has a bad cold
I have just administered a portion of rhubarb to him
hope he will be better tomorrow – Miss Brown
Unknown
was
quite ill two days but is better again –
We received to day letters from Florida written
last Wednesday by your Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
and Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
– They
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both speak sorrowfully but submissively of the death
of our lamented brother
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
– His departure leaves a void
in many families which can never be supplied but
God required his services elsewhere and we must
acquiesce in the dispensation difficult as it is
to do so – I feel great sympathy for our Parents
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
who
have followed to the grave their first born for his
young wife
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29
whose cup of happiness is so suddenly
dashed to the ground, for his orphan children
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

who have lost their protector, and I share with you
and his brothers
x Birth: 1799-07-02  Death: 1872-04-25  Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07 
the loss of an affectionate brother –
All must derive consolation from one source – the
“hand of the Highest” can alone apply balm to wounds
like these - – He never fails to answer those
who seek his assistance – I know that our dear
Mother has always been thus supported under heavy
sorrows and have no reason to fear that this support
will be now withdrawn – but these are sore trials –
God grant that she may not sink under them –
I am very sorry our Father is so feeble – may
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he too be divinely supported – I trust Julia’s
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24

illness is not serious – Pray write me as soon
as you can – I am sorry to learn that
Augustus
Birth: 1803-07-03 Death: 1871-10-30Certainty: Possible
and his Mother
Birth: 1786-03-22Certainty: Possible
have returned to the
City before you came – I suppose this will
make it absolutely necessary for you to go
to New York – Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
I presume writes you
all that is new – I hear nothing – have seen
no one but Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
and Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
– The latter
since you left has commenced his old course
of conduct, but I will not trouble you with
this now – I feel so thankful when I look at
my dear boy and see him recovering from an
illness which had so nearly proved fatal that
I feel unwilling to be disturbed by these things
you have cares and perplexities enough without
them – Augustus hopes ‘Pa’ will not stay away
a great while – he is as meek and patient as
ever – I overheard him persuading his Grandfather
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
to remain
until you came home – All send love, your own
Frances
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William H. Seward
Care of R.M. Blatchford
New York
Florida Goshen
Orange County
ALBANY N.Y.
MAR 6
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GOSHEN N.Y.
MAR 9
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Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F.A. Seward
March 6. 1841