Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 5, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 5, 1842
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Date:1842-06-05

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 5, 1842

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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: srr 

revision: crb 2017-07-06

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Sunday afternoon
My dear Henry
How cruel you were to write in such
a dolorous strain about poor Jenny
 Death: 1843-06-24
while she was
yet alive – you made me cry before I came to the
conclusion of the paragraph – I am still afraid
she will suffer from the effect of the arsenic – Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20

prepared it by my directions before a week before I
came away – I thought at the time she exposed
her child
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22
by leaving in such a place as she did
I intended to have had it all removed before I left
but it was neglected and trusting in her and Hetty’s
Unknown

prudence I have not been troubled about it — It
is the last time so dangerous an instrument will
be placed by me in the hands of another —
I have been to Church this morning and feel about
as much fatigued as if I had walked some miles
Mr Croswell
Birth: 1807-11-07 Death: 1851-11-09
is very dull compared with the
Potters
x Birth: 1803  Death: 1887-01-02  Birth: 1800-07-06  Death: 1865-07-04 
, but it is said by many good and wise
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persons to be the fault of the hearer when, they are not profited
by a discourse on the subject of religion be it dull
or interesting – I went 1/2 an hour before the time and
visited the graves of Grandma
Birth: 1750
and our little girl
Birth: 1836-08-25 Death: 1837-01-14

one of the rose bushes which you placed there is still
alive and flourishing – There is but one vacant place
remaining where those who survive must seek a resting
place removed from those so dear to us – How much
I wish it was possible to have a cemetery near
Auburn, were it totally unembellished it would be
gratifying to feel that it were possible to collect all
our family into one circle – Since visiting Mount
Auburn and Mount Hope to is painful to me to see a
grave exposed to the glaring sun shine –
I will ^send you^ consult John Richardson
Birth: 1780-12-19 Death: 1849-04-14
and give him directions
about the case tomorrow — McCallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
has
hired a very small house on Orchard Street
for six months – I hope by that time they can get
one nearer to us – This week they are to leave – I
shall feel very lonely – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
does not care to go
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But McCallen is as much delighted as a child –
Tomorrow Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
will commence attending school
at the Academy – his vacation for which he studied
so diligently in Albany having expired – 
Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
received the 2d vol of the “Political History”
Author: Jabez D. Hammond Publisher: Privately printed Place of Publication:Albany, NY Date: 1842
yesterday
I have not yet completed the 1st volume
Author: Jabez D. Hammond Publisher: Privately printed Place of Publication:Albany, NY Date: 1842
and have only
glanced at the 2d just to see what Mr Jabes D. Hammond
Birth: 1778-08-02 Death: 1855-08-18

thought about some people in whom I am interested – 
the glance was not at all satisfactory – 
I told Harriet before I left to separate Jenny and Dick
if she laid any more eggs – I am afraid now it will
be too late – but I suppose the eggs are not injured if
she has not sat upon them at all – it is quite
amusing that Bob
 Death: 1844-01-25
has a pupil – He sang beautifully
until I came away last summer the 5th of July
I cannot think he will be silent now – I forgot
to mention the necessary appendage of wicks for the lamp – Let
Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
get 1/2 a dozen of Macintosh being sure to mention
what lamp they are for – Will you ask Maria Weed
Birth: 1823-07-05 Death: 1896-01-26

if she has leisure, to enquire at White’s
Unknown
and Morgan’s
Unknown
for a
piece of silk like this sample enclosed — a lady in
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Canandaigua wishes a dress like Lazettes
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
– The composition is
not of the greatest importance – My love to the Weeds
x Birth: 1797  Death: 1858-07-03  Birth: 1819-02-06  Death: 1893-11-01  Birth: 1797-11-15  Death: 1882-11-22 

I have no letter from my boy
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11Certainty: Probable
this week – Your own
Frances
William H. Seward
Albany
AUBURN
JUN
5
N.Y.
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs Seward
June 5, 1842