Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 7, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 7, 1843
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1843-02-07

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 7, 1843

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: West Point, NY

transcription: nrs 

revision: crb 2017-03-17

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Auburn Feb 7th 1843
My dear Son,
I received your good long letter
last week but I have not since been well
enough to write – I have had a very
bad cold which confined me to my bed
one or two days – You have before this
time received a letter from your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
telling
you that he has applied for your appointment
I hope you will not be unprepared for a dis-
appointment as it is still possible that you
may not succeed in getting a warrant though
I think the probabilities are in your favour
I have been very apprehensive the last week that
Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
would take the Scarlet
fevor – Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
and Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
returned from
Cayuga – a few days after little Harriet
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22

was taken ill with the fever – she has
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been very sick and is yet confined to her bed
I should be much afraid that Willie would
not survive an attack owing to the disease
which affects his eyes – We must hope for
the best – Your father has opened an office
in the Exchange buildings and commenced the
practice of Law again – he will soon be as
much engaged in that as he was at with his
business at Albany – now he spends all his time
there though I endeavor to persuade
To influence by argument, advice, or intreaty • To convince by arguments, or reasons offered •
him to stay
at home evenings – I do not think
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
will go to any other house though she
sometimes talks of it. sometimes – Every body
is complaining of the hard times – the merchants
can get nothing but produce in exchange for their
goods and the farmers have great difficulty to
get money for their taxes –
I suppose this last cold weather, which is as cold
as any we have had this Winter, has closed the
river again and our letters will be 8 or 9
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days in reaching their place of destination –
I shall be glad when spring comes –
Fred has not been to school the last week
as people are so much afraid of the Scarlet fever
I thought it best for him to remain at home –
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
wrote me a few days ago that he
wished me to send him $2 to pay y the expenses
of a sleigh ride he had taken Christmas or New Years
His Uncle will not consent to have the money
sent as he thinks Clarence did wrong in incuri[ ng ]
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an expense of that kind – so I do not know how
he is to manage – He also asked permission to come
home and spend his vacation which commences
next week – His Uncle wrote to him that he might
come if he pleased but if he did that he could not
return to that school as his travelling expenses
would amount to more than his tuition – I do not
know how he will decide – Do not fail to write
as often as once a week – All send love
your affectionate Mother
F. A. Seward
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Editorial Note

Added in pencil
preferring not prefering
house-keeping not hous-keeping
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Augustus H. Seward
Mr. Kinsley’s
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
School
West Point
AUBURN
N.Y.
FEB 8
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