Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 10, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 10, 1843
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Date:1843-12-10

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 10, 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: ssb 

revision: tap 2018-03-06

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Sunday Dec 10th 1843
My dear Augustus,
Our long winter is at last fairly
commenced and now the 10th of Dec we have
had winter weather nearly six weeks – I presume
the river is closed at Albany though the
Utica came up through the ice Thursday
night – Your letter came to me Friday
which was about the usual time – Your
father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
went to Albany more than a week
ago – intending to go to Florida and New
York
before he returned – the last time I heard
from him (Tuesday) he was still at Albany –
Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
arrived in the 'Ashbuston' last
Friday ^Wednesday^ after a voyage of 27 or 28 days – I
suppose his family are much rejoiced they
had become quite anxious for his safety –
he had not reached Albany Friday evening –
Your father expected to return home this week
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I think it doubtful whether he comes so soon –
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
has been with us a week – he came the
day after your father left – He is impatient to
know what his Uncle proposes to have him do –
his own choice is to go into a store – he
says he is very tired of study and does not
care about going to College – I presume your
father will think it best for him to continue
at school – He came from Florida by the way
of New York – was a week on the way
two days at Mr Weed's – I am very sorry to
see that Clarence though only 15 fancies he is about
21 a sad mistake for a boy to make – I
am afraid he found some associates at Florida
whose example has been injurious to him – his
manners bear a strong resemblance to Mr S. Blatch-
ford's
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
— The snow is about 14 inches deep
here – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
is regretting that he has no hill
to ride down – Clarence is getting too old for
that amusement – Yesterday Fred drove Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

to Aunt Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
on his hand sleigh – Willie was
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very much pleased – he says I must write
a little letter to you for him and tell you that
his eyes are not well yet – that he has 2 dozen
raisins every Sunday and nuts every Sunday
night – his health continues good – his eyes
are not so bad as they were last Winter though
he cannot bear the light as well as he could
a month ago — I do not see Aunt Clara more
oftener than once a week – I wish she was living nearer –
Since Mrs Compston
Birth: 1800 Death: 1851-06-04
left George Woods
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02-05
house he has
been trying to get Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
to go there – Aunt
Clara was rather inclined to go but I am very glad
Mr McClallen did not think it best – I believe they
have no one there now to keep the house – many
of the boarders have left – Mrs Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
has gone to
MichiganMrs Perry
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
is keeping house –
The report from the Engineer department gives you 3 demerits
for October making 23 in all – You have passed
through the first 5 months are the duties any easier?
All send love – your affectionate Mother
F.A. Seward

[left Margin]
Fred has written to George Hills
Birth: 1825-10-10 Death: 1890-10-15
to come and spend vacation with him.
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Augustus H. Seward
U.S. Military Academy
West Point —
AUBURN
DEC 10
N.Y.
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