Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 14, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 14, 1841
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1841-07-14

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 14, 1841

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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: tap 

revision: crb 2017-07-06

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Wednesday July 14th
My dear Henry,
Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
brought me your letter to day
I am glad to hear your spirits are reviving — Augustus
thinks you will not be able to leave under a week
I wish it were possible for you to obtain a little leisure
but suppose this a vain wish — I was much rejoiced
by the decision of the Supreme Court though fully
satisfied before that your views were correct. What
says the Argus? We are living as quietly here
as you can imagine. I wish you could be b
with us and could enjoy the same privilege
as much as I do — I am sorry to hear that
your Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
is so uncomfortable he seems to
make very little allowance for your hurried
life — I was fearful your passing Florida twice
would occasion dissatisfaction — It is difficult to
give satisfaction to friends who are so very exacting
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nevertheless our duty requires us to endeavour to
do so — The boys Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
are the
happiest creatures you ever saw — Willie rides with
his Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
, chases the cats, feeds the chickens
and amuses us all with his incessant prattle —
He went into the front room the other day
and the moment he looked at Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
portrait
exclaimed very joyously "That Weed" — it was
the first time he had seen the picture and his
attention was not called to it at that time —
The boys mother feels at least twenty years younger
since her escape from the city — In truth I
am half alarmed at the bouyancy of my own
spirits and fear that a shade is gathering in some
unexpected quarter — Every thing here is so green
and beautiful, so natural, so quiet and I am
so relieved from care that existence does for once
seem a blessing — My only regret is that you are
shut up in the city and harassed by a thousand
perplexing cares —
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Thursday — Augustus Seward has just left us — the deeds were
signed and acknowledged — Augustus left a packet to be
sent to you containing a deed I think which if Mc-
Clallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
cannot send by private conveyance wil[ l ]
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accompany this letter to the Post Office — The notice
of Willis Clark's
Birth: 1808-10-05 Death: 1841-06-12
death in the Knickerbocker and t[ he ]
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letter of his brother
Birth: 1808-10-05 Death: 1873-11-03
are both touching tributes to his
memory — he possessed many attaching qualities independent
of his devoted affections for you which was itself
sufficient to assure my regard — I am surprised and
pained by Webb's
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07Certainty: Possible
indiscretion more especially as it is
so kindly intended — Tell Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
I am obliged
him for the papers and shall answer his letter [ very ]
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soon — Please send me 5 or 10 $ by letter if you
are not coming in a few days — I have been without money
since my return and obliged to borrow to replenish
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
wardrobe — This is owing to my own thoughtlessness
I should have applied to Blatchford — You are very
kind to write so frequently — I need not say how
much pleasure your letters give me — your own
Frances —
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William H. Seward
Albany
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs William H. Seward
July 14th 1841
AUBURN N.Y.
JUL 15
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