Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 18, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 18, 1842
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1842-07-18

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 18, 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: srr 

revision: csh 2017-07-07

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Monday July 18th 1842
My dear Henry,
I went twice to church yesterday
came home sick and continued so all night,
this prevented my writing yesterday – Mr Cooke
Birth: 1801-03-10 Death: 1875-03-06

of Lyons preached – we had a discourse in the
morning which pleased me so much that I was
induced to go again in the afternoon – the
day was oppressively warm & I suffered in
consequence – Mr Cooke is a very eloquent
preacher I would not object to an exchange
with the people of Lyons —
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and I attended a party at Mrs
Eleazer Hills’
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
last Wednesday – it was a bright
moonlight evening – the Auburn band gave
the party a serenade which was very agreeable
Mrs Mumford
Birth: 1791-06-01 Death: 1862-01-09
is with Mrs Hills – Mrs
Hills is much distressed that our grounds
are not kept in a good condition as hers
Page 2

I presume her distress would be considerably heightened did
she think there was the least probability of their
improvement – I saw you in that paper at
the meeting of the ladies association – I like
neither the Academy nor the association – I think
both are calculated to foster love of display which in
most women requires no cultivation – Vanity and
Envy are cherished under the specious name
of Emulation, girls exert themselves for the sake
of exhibition or with the hope of obtaining a
reward – they are not taught to love knowledge
for its own sake or for the good that its acquisition
may enable them to do their fellow creatures – 
Withal these exhibitions are no test of scholarship a
bold girl with ordinary ability will often pass
a better examination than a modest girl with
higher order of intellect — Dont you
think Col Youngs
Birth: 1779 Death: 1850-11-03
Education addresses excellent
he may be a bad politician but no one can read
this address without feeling him to be wise
and benevolant man —
Page 3

Willie’s
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes continue much inflamed – Dr Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28

is attending him – Please send the enclosed letter
to Dr Ward
Birth: 1806-10-23 Death: 1895-02-24
– He will send some medicine for
me which you will be kind enough to bring
when you come – Your own Frances
Page 4

William H. Seward
Albany
AUBRUN
JUL
18
N.Y.
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Samuel Blatchford

Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mrs Seward
July 18. 1842.