Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1841
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Date:1841-09-19

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1841

action: sent

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: nwh 

revision: tap 2017-11-21

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Sunday Sep 19th
My dearest Henry,
I feel vexed with myself that I did
not write in time for you to receive my letter previous
to you visit to New York — I have your letter of Friday
this morning. As we had decided in favour of
the West Point school I thought my writing a
day or two later would not be material — I would
prefer to know something more of Mr Kingsley's
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
[ shool ]
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before sending Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
there but the information
which I would like to have I should not be
likely to obtain from a man — the boys or their
mothers could give more satisfactory information
Mrs Webb
 Death: 1848-07-01
having visited the Cooperstown school
and feeling satisfied with the arrangements went
very far towards inducing me consent to send
our boys there — Many very many of the home comforts
must be dispensed with at any school, as I know by
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bitter experience but I consider it an act of positive
injustice to keep a child at a school too much
upon the Squeers plan — I infer from what Augustus
says that he would consider it a disgrace to his
manhood for me to visit the school an[ d ]
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make some
observations for myself so I must e'en rest contented
with what I can learn from others — The winter
term does not commence until the 1st of November
shall I bring Augustus to Albany with me?
I am sorry to hear so poor an account of the state
of Clary's
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
wardrobe – I will write and make some
enquiries to day and can then tell better what it
is necessary to do — I would prefer not to go
to Cooperstown on my way down it would be excee-
dingly inconvenient and when there I could only
give directions to others — If his clothes are all
to be made in uniform (as Mr Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
said and which
is certainly very absurd) I suppose they can be made
but at one place — I will enquire and should that
not be the case could not Clarence meet us at Utica
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and have a suit made there — His under garments
I must make and send from Albany — When he left
us in the Spring I did not doubt but that I should
see him during the vacation therefore no provision was
made for winter and I do not now know what he
requires — This I can ascertain by writing —
Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and his Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
came yesterday — we were
very glad to see them — Augustus continues
his writing lessons and I think is improving —
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is quite well once more and beginning
to get fat — he talks of Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
and the
shorses very frequently — Mr Patterson
Birth: 1799-11-11 Death: 1879-10-15Certainty: Probable
was in town
a few hours on Wednesday — returned directly to Westfield
I handed him the letter you sent — every thing was satisfactorily
adjusted with Mr Gibson
Birth: 1783-04-13 Death: 1863-11-20
Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
has gone to Cincinnati
It has just occurred to me that you have said nothing
about Clarence meeting his brother and accompanying his mother's
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28

remains to Florida — should he go there it will be easy
to arrange affairs with regard to his clothing — Please
let me know when you write again — I am making
my arrangements to leave here the 1st of October —
Lazette will stay until I leave — The family will be
lonely enough when we are all gone — Now we take Augustus
away Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is half inclined to shut up the house and spend
the Winter in Albany but is undecided — All send
love — your own
Frances —
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William H. Seward
Albany —
AUBURN N.Y.
SEP 19
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs Seward
Sept 19 1841