Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 7, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 7, 1844
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1844-01-07

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 7, 1844

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: aca 

revision: tap 2018-07-20

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Sunday Jan 7th 1844
My dear Augustus,
I have waited until the two weeks
have passed and now that no letter comes I begin
to feel anxious about you – I shall not send this
letter until I have sent once more to the Post Office
My last I believe was written the Sunday before
Christmas – I spent the Morning of Christmas day
at Church and the afternoon attended the funeral
of Caroline Hotchkiss
Birth: 1826-07-15 Death: 1843-12-23
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
received rather
more than the usual quantity of books and toys
was consequently very happy – New Years day
we passed very quietly – Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
went to Syracuse
on his way to Albany where he is still, attending
court – he is away from home rather more than
half of the time – Last Wednesday Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
came here — with Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
who
was also going to Albany – Frances was quite
sick the next two days and now her
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Mother is confined to her bed with influenza –
Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
too is sick in bed with the same complaint
his throat is affected something like croup –
I hope however he will be well again in a few
days – Dr. Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
came to see him this morning
Frederick and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
commenced going to the
academy last week – They were both considerably
disturbed (Clarence in an special manner) by your
Father's informing them that they were both to go
to Geneva College – Clarence wished to go to
Union – he has however made up his mind to
do as his Uncle thinks best and is engaged
in preparing to enter the Freshman class next
August – I have no doubt he will succeed if he
applies himself – John Sherwood
Birth: 1829 Death: 1852-05-17
thinks of entering
at the same time – Monday – I waited until
this morning to finish my letter hoping a letter
might come but Billy
Unknown
has just returned from
the office and says there is none for me or
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
– I will hope that nothing but
the detention of the mail is the cause of this
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delay – Your report for November came
a few days after your last letter giving you
33 marks for that month – the offences are never
specified – I should like to know of if those marks
are given in addition to the four extra guard mountings
for the offence of cooking one evening – Your father
was much grieved about the marks, I was
not altogether satisfied with the justice of
the punishment – You ought not to violate
the prescribed regulations certainly but I could
not avoid thinking the punishment disproportioned
to the offence – You have now 56 marks for
five months – I trust you will be more careful
in future – Pray write as often as you can
you will never know the anxiety that your
absence occasions me – God grant that your
health may continue good – Fred is a
little better today though still confined to his
bed – Aunty is better – all send love to you –
William's eyes are much better — Your affectionate
Mother
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Augustus H. Seward
At the U.S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN N. Y.
JAN 8
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