Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 27, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 27, 1842
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1842-12-27

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 27, 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: cnk 

revision: tap 2017-10-27

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Tuesday morn – Dec 27th
My dear Henry,
I received your letter Sunday morning
with one from Mr Kinsley
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
which you will see when
you come home – it has confirmed me in my purpose
of using all my influence to dissuade Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

from entering the Military Academy – I wrote him
a long letter yesterday – Philip Spencer's
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01
awful
fate has more than ever sickened me regarding
all that relates to martial law or a martial
spirit – I distrusted my own judgement before I
received Mr Kinsley's letter – Nothing would have
induced me to have consented as far as I did but
a belief that Augustus had a strong desire to enter
the Academy – The conviction that in this I had
been mistaken has given me inexpressible pain
I would not willingly live over again the last
two months – I acknowledge that I have wasted
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many days that might have been better employed
in groundless anticipation of evil – partly the result
of physical weakness but more the want of a proper
reliance upon the goodness of my Heavenly Father –
I trust that those shadows will not again fall upon
my path and that while I am conscious of doing
my duty I shall feel willing to leave the issue in
His hands – Such was not the case in the present
instance – I felt that I had erred in being instrumental
in placing my boy where his daily course of instruc-
tion would be at variance with the precepts of
our Saviour – This it was that made me wretched,
and many, many nights has made my pillow
a pillow of thorns —
Willie's
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes continue about the same – I hope the
poor little boy will not suffer so long as he did
last summer — Yesterday I Dr Ball
Birth: 1801
buried
two children
x Birth:   Death: 1842-12-25  Birth:   Death: 1842-12-24 
with scarlet fever – his wife
Birth: 1812
and
another
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Editorial Note

Either James Ball
Birth: 1839
(1839-?) or Levenia Ball
Birth: 1842
(1842-?).
child
Unknown
are ill with the same disease –
Tell Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
that I wrote that letter to him last
Friday to send by Mr Willard
Certainty: Possible
— Mr Willard did
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not go and I have tried in vain to find an opportunity
to send it by a private conveyance – the skates
I fear will not reach their place of destination–
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
wishes to have some newspaper sent him
as he says he finds the standard "rather dry" —
If Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
& Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
come with the furniture
the house will require some cleaning after they leave
will you have the goodness to remind them to
engage Jane
Unknown
or some other suitable person to
attend to it — Shall I expect you early next
week?– Please remember me to H. Weed
Birth: 1819-02-06 Death: 1893-11-01

Your affect own Frances –
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William H. Seward
Albany
Auburn N.Y.
DEC 27
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Unknown
Mrs WH Seward
Dec 1842