Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 13, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 13, 1842
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1842-06-13

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 13, 1842

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: crb 2017-11-08

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Monday morning,
My dear Henry
I wrote to Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
yesterday and
commenced a letter to Mrs Davis
Birth: 1794 Death: 1856-12-09Certainty: Possible
which drags
heavily enough – I hope to finish it and send
with this – The next time you make a present
to a lady do select one that will thank you
in proper person – I don't like being proxy on
these occasions – and cannot just now think of a
person in the world to whom I would not rather
write – Now for Dana
Birth: 1797 Death: 1884
— "The kindly feelings
I have so long cherished for you are increased by the
able and dignified and statesmanlike manner in which you
have now four years administered the government of this
state – That in the execution of so high a trust at the early
time of life it was by the suffrages of this people great
people committed into your hands, a slight mistake
should be at some time made, is not surprising,
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especially if it had regard to the softening of political asperity,
and to the healing of sectarian prejudice, and to the
relief of poor people entangled in the meshes of the law–"
I am at a loss to discover the particular merit
of this sentence in your estimation – it must be
confined entirely to the sentiment as the construction
of the sentence is certainly very bungling, which
you would not fail to have discovered had
it been written by a particular friend
Unknown
of mine
when literary performances you criticise without worry
often pulling to pieces and making of over sentences
which are quite unexceptionable – The remainder
of the letter is as silly as old men usually write
when they see fit to take themselves wives at the
age of 45 — The lamp &c came very safely
I think I shall not have the cabinet made
as I do not think the glass of a suitable size
that is the case cannot be made las large enough
if glass of this size is used — As McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16

talks of going to N. York Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
will stay with
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me — Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
writes that Mrs Spencer
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10Certainty: Possible
passed
through Canandaigua looking well, handsomely
dressed, and in fine spirits — I shall be
anxious about Augustus until I have a letter
as Mr Kinsley
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
writes he has been ill —
your own Frances
Please cause the enclosed letter to be directed to Mrs
Davis, sealed, and sent at the expense of the state
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William H. Seward
Albany
AUBURN
JUN
13
N.Y.
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs Seward
June 13. 1842