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

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 23, 1842
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1842-12-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 23, 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

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revision: tap 2017-10-26

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Friday morning Dec 23d
My dear Henry,
I have been more than half sick
all the week which has prevented my writing earlier
Monday I hurt my head badly and ^have^ suffered
in consequence ever since with headache and nausea
I enclose a letter which came this morning
from Buffalo – Will you send the skates
which Mr Willard
Unknown
brings to Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

I received your letter and check Wednesday
or Thursday I believe – That horrid affair
of Phillip Spencer
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01
has aided in making
me sick I have hardly been able to sleep
a night since I heard it – I hope Mrs
Spencer
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10
will not suffer as I should under
like circumstances – I cannot conceive of any
affliction more unendurable for a mother – There
are no mitigating points, nothing to soothe
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in reflections upon the past or hopes for the future –
May God help her to support a trial so terrible
I see Gov Bouck
Birth: 1786-01-07 Death: 1859-04-19
is in Albany – do
you find your official labours any lighter
in consequence? –
Willie's
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes a very much inflamed
but his health continues good –
If Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
does not propose remaining
here I as I suppose she does not if Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893

stays in Albany, I wish she would see Mary
Queen
Birth: 1800
, ascertain whether she will come to me
in the Spring, and where I shall direct a
letter to her at that time –
There is no possibility of finding any suitable
person here – Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
wishes Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16

& Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to take her house and board her –
tells Mc Clallen that the house of yours
which he proposed taking is to be in the posession
of George Wood
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02-05
Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
writes
she will soon finish and send the veto – she
has considerable difficulty in decyphering it
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being as she says "nothing but a woman" – W–
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16

never liked the veto so she will not ask his
assistance – I must write to Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
– Adieu –
Your own
Frances
Will you go with Fred to the dentist
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Either George Douglas
Birth: 1818 Death: 1860
(1818-1860) or Beriah Douglas (dates unknown)
– his teeth
require some attention – I am not sure that
it is safe to have them filled considering the
exceeding delicacy of his organization, but
they require cleaning in any case
Page 4

William H. Seward
Albany –
Mr Willard –
AUBURN N.Y.
DEC 23
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