Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 29, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 29, 1843
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Date:1843-10-29

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 29, 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: maf 

revision: crb 2018-07-10

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Auburn Sunday Oct 29th
My dear Augustus,
The multiplicity of my house-
hold cares has prevented my answering your
welcome letter which came four days ago –
We remained in Albany until Saturday morning –
William
Birth: 1835-01-09 Death: 1926Certainty: Possible
and his sister
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12Certainty: Possible
did not come so we
left without them – we have heard nothing
from them since – We reached home about
8 oclock – Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
was all alone in the
house – was very glad to see us – Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

soon came home – he is very well – asked
many questions about you – Sunday
afternoon Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
made his appearance very
unexpectedly with his cousin Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
Uncle
Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
came over to attend court – Frances
remained here until Thursday when she
returned home again with her father – Willie’s
eyes are badly inflamed again though not
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yet as weak as they were last Spring – I do
not try to keep him from the air and light
his health continues good – he is very happy
and merry – has just brought me a picture
Alphabet which he wishes me to enclose in
this letter – I hope you will imagine it
done – Wednesday we had fall of snow
about 6 or 8 inches – the weather has been warm
since, the snow has nearly all disappeared
Willie I believe is the only person who has
had any sleigh rides – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
commenced
school again Tuesday – I have not not written
to Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
as I promised, for I believe your
father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
has not yet determined what to do
with him – I wish for his own sake he was
a little more considerate, he does not seem
to stand very high in the estimation of his
friends at Florida and appears to regard
the opinion of any one as of very little
importance – This is a great defect in the
character of a young person –
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Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well and very glad to hear
from you – Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
has taken a little boy
Unknown

of 9 years old so they have this addition to
their family – Maria
Unknown
and her baby
Unknown
continue there
and conduct about as usual – I have been exceed-
ingly anxious about your health since I left you.
Should there be any scarlet fever at the Point
which there is occasionally I wish you would
take Belladonna as a preventive – it has been
used so much and so successfully that I
think no reasonable person can doubt its efficacy –
but do not take too much – a mistake which
is often made with homeopathic medicine because
the doses are so minute – 14 globules taken
every third day I think would be sufficient –
George Morrell
Birth: 1815-01-08 Death: 1883-02-11
a nephew of Col. Webb’s
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
who graduated
at the Point has never recovered from the effect
of scarlet fever he had while there – Above all
things do not fail to inform me immediately if
you are ill – I have very much regretted that I
did not desire the Dr
Unknown
to write to me himself
if you were again under his care I could then judge
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from his description of symptoms how you really were –
After all sickness and death cannot be prevented by
human foresight – We are in the hands of One who creates
and destroys – who is just and wise – He can bless
any means which may be used – if it is his pleasure the
best will prove unavailing – We must do our duty
and trust the result to Him –
Your fathers time is much occupied with business
that I see little of him – he is up late and early
and were he not obliged frequently to leave home I think
would seriously impair his health – Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
always
sends love to you when she writes –
Your affectionate
Mother

[right Margin] Have you Belladonna among your medicines —