Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 23, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 23, 1842
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1842-11-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 23, 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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Auburn Wednesday
My dear Henry,
As I am unable to find
a pen knife I will write with a pencil
Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
is going to N. York tomorrow –
I think you must feel relief even in the
awful consummation of Colts
Birth: 1810-03-01 Death: 1842-11-18
fate – I can
well conceive how much pain all the
attending circumstances must have given
you – I have been reading Dr. Anthons
Birth: 1795-03-11 Death: 1861-01-05

account of his conversations with Colt
and arose from the perusal half convinced
that no man in his situation could
have feigned penitence or persisted in
asserting an untruth – but the fact of
his denying any intention to commit
suicide, and the result, must leave a
doubt of his sincerity – I hope & pray
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that a case of this kind may never
again come under my observation – it
is horrible in any light — I do not
know but I shall become a convert to
O Sullivan’s
Birth: 1813-11-15 Death: 1895-03-24
views of Capital punishment –
I am reading his report –
Ruggles
Birth: 1789-02-10 Death: 1865-06-16Certainty: Probable
letter was very warm and
I doubt not very sincere – In this
case all praise would be worse than value-
less were not a man fully satisfied
of the rectitude of his own decision –
I do not consider it safe while
you are in the habit of receiving visits from
your former secretary
Unknown
to say any thing
about Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
– but believe the expression
of a wish to have him pardoned cannot
be mischievously construed – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

says that he intends to go and let Col Webb
out of prison if no one else will – he
has made numerous enquiries about the
duel —
Page 3

Will you use your influence to facilitate
the process of getting my hat from the
milliners and sending it to me when Mc-
Clallen returns – I have written to Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

and left directions with Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
to have
it sent – it comes not —
The weather has moderated after nearly
a week of freezing temperature –
I should like much to see your picture –
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you sit at Dr. Yates'
Birth: 1782 Death: 1846-08-25Certainty: Possible

Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
sends love – Your own
Frances —
I made use of one check the 17t h
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William H. Seward
Albany
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Samuel Blatchford

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