Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 13, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 13, 1843
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Date:1843-02-13

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 13, 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 2017-03-20

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Auburn Feb 13th. 1843
My dear Son,
I received your letter with the
monthly report yesterday – the report was very
flattering – I wrote to you a week ago but presume
the obstruction of the navigation has delayed my
letter you will probably get it before this
reaches you – Our family still continue well
except little Harriet
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22
who is yet confined to her
bed – she was ill previous to having the scarlet fever.
Willies
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes are no better though there are some
days when things appear better than at others –
He is well otherwise and talks so fast that
I find it difficult to write – He says I must
tell brother that he has been a good boy –
Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
has not returned from Washington yet –
we hear nothing decisive about your appointment
Mr Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
says he will get for you if possible
Page 2

Mrs Spencer
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10
is suffering greatly since the intelligence
of her sons dreadful death d – I do not agree
with you in thinking the execution of Philip
Spencer
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01
was indispensable to the safety of the crew –
had Capt McKensie
Birth: 1803-04-06 Death: 1848-09-13
evinced
To show in a clear manner; to prove beyond any reasonable doubt • to conquer •
a little more resol cour-
age I think his af officers would not have been
so much afraid and with proper precautions the
prisoners might have been taken to St Thomas
– again I think the prisoners should have been ex-
amined respecting the mutiny and allowed to make
some defence if in their power – Philip Spencer was
a boy and the possibility that he might have
been reclaimed should have had some influence –
After all I know that I am incompetent to judge
in a case of this kind having very little knowledge
of the arrangement of a vesseel of this kind –
The Whig press in New York are all deciding
in favour of McKensie and have done much to
influence general opinion – I have heard
that public sentiment at Washington was different –
Page 3

The Court Martial at present in session has
fain
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fain

Glad; pleased; rejoiced; often used to describe pleasure to do something out of a kind of necessity • to wish or desire •
to make a thorough examination – their pro-
ceedings excite much interest – Mr Duer
Birth: 1782-10-07 Death: 1858-08-08
is
connected with Capt McKensie by marriage –
Whatever the decision of of the Court Martial may
be it can avail little in healing the deep
wounds inflicted upon the heart of the mother –
We do not hear from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
yet – his
vacation commences on Wednesday – if he comes home
he will be here the last of this week – The rail roads
have been obstructed by the snow so that the cars
have been very irregular – The last week I believe
has been the coldest of the season – Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893

left here for Albany last Thursday –
Mr Underwood
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Possibly Cyrus Underwood
Birth: 1801-09-16 Death: 1881-10-12
or Amos Underwood
Birth: 1791-12-22 Death: 1846-06-23
has gone to Canandaigua to make
your Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
a visit – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
sends much
love -
your affectionate Mother
F A. Seward
Page 4

Augustus H. Seward
At Mr. Kinsley's
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
School
West Point
Auburn
N.Y.
FEB
13
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