Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 25, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 25, 1843
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1843-06-25

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 25, 1843

action: sent

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 June 25th
My dear Son,
I received your letter Sunday
it was very welcome as I had become quite
uneasy about you – I suppose by this time
you are in camp – the weather here is so
warm that I have thought at times that
a bed in open air would not be amiss –
My health is so indifferent that I feel
the heat unusually this summer –
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
did not return with your
father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
last week but he has gone again
to day to be present at a mass meeting
at Bloomfield – I shall expect her when
he comes back – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was to have gone
with his father to Canandaigua but was
not to be persuaded
To influence by argument, advice, or intreaty • To convince by arguments, or reasons offered •
to do so unless he
could be sure of coming home before the
4th – This is the first Summer since
he has been old enough to take any
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interest in proceedings that he has been
able to see – if his eyes remain as they
are he will be much amused as all will
be new to him – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
is to come out
with the fire companies in uniform with
torches and a sham fire is to be enacted
early on the fourth – Your father
advises that you take lessons in dancing
and wishes you to subscribe to the
cotillion parties – I was not aware
that the third class were permitted
to attend – but he says I am wrong –
Mr Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
goes out very frequently
to shoot pigeons he has 60 now in the
pigeon house which he is fatting for the
table – they seem to be abundant
this season – Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
has purchased an
old horse which he and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
drive
every 1 day – Fred rides occasionally
on horseback and Willie thinks he
is old enough to be allowed the same
privilege – he does not seem to be
afraid of any thing but bulls and
whenever he sees a cow approaching
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he fancies he is to be tossed by a bull –
He went with us to the lake the other day
but was prevented gathering many shells by
the proximity of some cows which were
feeding on the lake shore –
I have not been able to see any company
and hear nothing new – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
has gone
to take tea with Mrs Miller
Birth: 1792-05-02 Death: 1866-01-14
this afternoon.
You must write when you receive this
and let me know how many shirts I
shall bring you and whether you
wish any thing else – it is time to have
them made – Clarence’s examination
at Geneva takes place the first week
in August – he does not enter college
until the middle of September –
A letter from Grandpa Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
says that
he and Grandma
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
are about the same
in health that they were two months ago
Julia
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
was sick at the time he wrote
with rheumatism
A painful disease affecting muscles and joints of the human body, chiefly the larger joints, as the hips, knees, and shoulders •
– All send love
Your affectionate mother
F. A. Seward
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Augustus H. Seward
At the U. S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN
N.Y.
JUN 26
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