Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 16, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 16, 1842
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Date:1842-11-16

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 16, 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: pxc 

revision: tap 2017-11-22

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Wednesday Nov 16th
My dear Henry,
I commence a letter this morning before
breakfast as I have vainly endeavoured the two last
days to find time to write during the day – Last
week I was not well and consequently accomplished
little in the way of unpacking, and regulating the house
now I am well again and all goes on lightly –
I am very anxious about Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
having never
heard a word from him since he left Albany –
I received a letter from Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
yesterday from which
I infer that you are all well – Your last came
Sunday – with the Journal containing your opinion
of Colts
Birth: 1810-03-01 Death: 1842-11-18
case – The said opinion is justly a subject
of praise – even Judge Richardson
Birth: 1776-06-05 Death: 1853-04
after reading
the Argus told me it was “clear, able, and conclusive —”
adding that you were particularly happy in things
of this kind – which contained an intimation
that you were not always “clear able and conclusive”
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to Loco Foco perception on all subjects – The Judge
spent the remainder of his visit in convincing me that
Horton
Unknown
was not a proper subject for "Executive
clemency" – The circumstance upon which he based this
opinion appeared rather foreign to the subject, the
fact of his brother
Unknown
(Horton's) having once perjured himself
in the Judge's presence, some years ago – Do you all feel
pretty thoroughly beaten at Albany — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
wants to
know if that poor little coon will ever get up
again — I hope Fred does not take so much
to heart as he did last year –
Since I commenced this letter I have received
one from Augustus – he is well – much engaged
in his studies – enquires the result of the election
which he had not heard on Sunday –
I do not get the grate set yet – Curtis
Birth: 1814-08-13 Death: 1885-08-16
is
building furnaces for all the good people in town
I believe – John Richardson
Birth: 1780-12-19 Death: 1849-04-14
does not complete the
hanging of the picture — I have taken possession
of Grandma's
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
bed room, which is exceedingly small
if I thought we could make room for it in the
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north room, which is partly full already, I should
propose your keeping the large wardrobe which is still
at Albany – a smaller one would be better but
I doubt the possibility of an exchange – To day I
am engaged in having a close stove put up in the
nursery – the birdies cannot keep warm – I hope
when it is very comfortable that Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
will move up –
he has had a bedstead prepared in a peculiar
manner – that, at present occupies the bed room
alone – Will you tell Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
and Nicolas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
that
we shall want them here, if they wish to come –
I have talked with Pa on the subject – he makes
no objection except that I infer from what he said
that he would not like to dismiss John
Certainty: Possible
this
Winter – John himself is fully persuaded that he is going
to get a situation at the Prison which is about as
probable as that he will be made Emperor of China
Have the goodness to send me McIntosh's
Unknown
bills I wish
to ascertain the price of some articles which I can dispose
of – Remember me to H. Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
and kiss Fred
for me – Your own
Frances –
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I have no place for the birds unel unless I keep a constant
fire in the nursery which at present is quite as well
William H. Seward
Albany
AUBURN N.Y.
NOV 16
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Samuel Blatchford

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