Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 11, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 11, 1842
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1842-12-11

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 11, 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: dxt 

revision: crb 2017-07-07

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Sunday Dec 11th. 1842
My dear Henry,
I received your letter yester-
day, with Mr Kinsley's
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
, it was some relief to
my mind to hear from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
– he has
hardly been absent from my thoughts a moment
sleeping or waking for the last 10 days –
I am afraid I shall never become reconciled to
the path you have chosen for him – my
continual anxiety is wearing away my heart –
I wrote last week to Mr Kinsley on the subject
he seems to appreciate Augustus, and ought to be
capable deciding whether a military Academy
is the best place to educate a boy of his
disposition and abilities – You perhaps did
not understand the reference in his letter, to singing[ . ]
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Augustus desired me in his last letter to ask to have
him excused as his other studies occupied his
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whole time – I did so – the conversation with Augustus
seems to have taken place subsequently –
I shall never be able again to rally Mr Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29

about not coming to see me last Summer – I had
been all the morning busily engaged in bringing
furniture from the carriage house arranging the rows &c
&c – and was sitting in the dining room with my
dress torn and soiled when the street door
bell rang – William answered the bell – said a
gentleman came in to see Mr Miller
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
whom he
left in the south room, where there had been a
fire all day – What should Pa do but walk in
and ask him into my dressing room, out of which
I had not one article of clothing that I could put
on – in the mean time coming to the head of the stairs
and calling "Frances" — without an intonation who
it was that wished to see me – I told Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
to step
up to the south room, see if the fire burned and ask
them to walk in there – she had hardly got up stairs
before Pa came again and in an angry tone said
Mr Bowen was going in two minutes to the cars –
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I was vexed that I could not be allowed one of the
two minutes to arrange my dress, but as they
continued in the North room until the last moment
I was compelled to send up word that I desired
to be excused – I was very very sorry but
these are greivences for which there seems to be no
remedy – I was half tempted to move immediately
up stairs but the recollection of my former
experience deterred me – I received a letter
from La[ zette ]
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Reason: wax-seal
Tuesday – she had a pleasant ride
home – I have missed her very much – She sends
love to you and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
sent me one of
40 lard candles which J. Granger
Birth: 1795-09-11 Death: 1870-05-26Certainty: Possible
brought from
Cincinnati, and sent to Lazatte as a curiosity –
Mine will not be lighted until you come home –
it looks like sperm – Do you hear any thing from
Florida – I wrote to Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
last week – The
scarlet fever prevails here – our dear little boy
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
has
been preserved so far – his eyes were inflamed
a little last week – better again – Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
said
when I came away she should like to come here
for the purpose of seeing her boy
Birth: 1830
, if Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893

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remained in Albany — I promised to pay her passage
if she came – will you enquire about it —
I will write to Freddy tomorrow – your own
Frances —
William H. Seward
Albany
AUBURN N. Y.
DEC 12
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Mrs Seward
Dec 12. 1842.