Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 9, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 9, 1843
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Date:1843-07-09

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 9, 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: tap 

revision: crb 2018-03-06

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Sunday July 9th
My dear Augustus,
Your long kind letter which im-
parted much satisfaction to us all, came three or
four days ago – I was sorry not to be able to
answer it earlier – but I have had no time – Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16

returned Thursday morning or I should have been left
entirely alone – The coloured woman
Unknown
who had been
here until that time left the same day – We are
of course constantly occupied – In addition to this
your Grandpa Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
has been dangerously ill – I
wrote for your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
who was in Utica to come
home he returned last Friday morning – for the last
two day your Grandpa has appeared rather better but
I very much doubt whether he ever returns to Orange
County – This influenza has proved fatal to so many
old persons and persons whose constitutions were impaired
by previous disease indeed those who were in good
health suffer long from its effects – I can hardly

[right Margin] Your Father goes to Utica again this week
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venture to hope that you will escape – I am much relieved
to hear that you find your accommodations in camps
more comfortable than I feared – We have had here a number
of hard showers with wind which I think must have
tried the stability of your tents if they extended as
far as West Point – The weather has been much cooler
since last Sunday – Your Aunt Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
came
out on Thursday they have staid at Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
so far
on account of Grandpa Sewards sickness – They are
both very well, make many enquiries about you and
send much love – Aunt Clara appears to be pleasantly
situated and I think now will find more time as her
house is about arranged – Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
is very
much delighted with his new home – Willie
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
goes there
just as often as he can get any one to take him – he
spends his time playing with two turtles which they have
Willie is uncommonly well, his eyes are better than they
have been in six months – The 4th passed off here
more quietly than I have ever known it to do – I told Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

that I thought it ten years more the day would
cease t to be kept as a holiday if the enthusiasm
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continued to diminish as it has done since my remembrance
Fred exhibited his fire works the evening previous, and the
evening of the 4th went to the garden with Mr McClallen
most of the noise which I heard was occasioned by the
fire crackers which he and Bill
Birth: 1830
had in the door yard
there was no cannon fired until the dinner and then
not frequently – The trees which your father planted
are mo many of them in a thriving condition, he is still
engaged in adding to the shrubbery and vines. Our
cherries are not ripe – they are rather later than usual.
I have seen a few from Mr Rathbones
Birth: 1803 Death: 1870-01-05
garden – Mrs Miller
Birth: 1780-09-18 Death: 1850-03-09

has just returned from a visit to Saratoga – has come h[ ome ]
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with the influenza – Ann
Unknown
is sick too which makes a sorry
time – Henry Miller
Birth: 1815
is married to a Miss Baldwin
Birth: 1821

of Detroit – his family
Unknown
appear much pleased – we received
a packet of wedding cake – Sarah Cary
Birth: 1819 Death: 1884-09-30
is also married
Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
passed through yesterday on his way to Philadelphia
leaving for us a large quantity of cake and a letter from
his father
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
– Sarah married Mr Verplank
Birth: 1823 Death: 1882
to whom
she has been engaged some time – I hear nothing more
of Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
– intend to write to him to day – All send love
Your affectionate Mother –
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I have not yet seen Mrs Dennis
Birth: 1812 Death: 1861-05-21Certainty: Possible
– will make your
apology with pleasure when I do –
Augustus H. Seward
At the Military Academy
West Point –
AUBURN N.Y.
JUL 9
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[bottom Margin] I wrote last Sunday – you have probably
received the letter before this –


[left Margin]
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1 handkerchief
1 pr drawers
1 pr stockings
4 collars
1 shirt
1 towel