Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 28, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 28, 1844
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Date:1844-01-28

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 28, 1844

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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: nwh 

revision: tap 2018-07-20

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Sunday Jan 28th 1844
My dear Augustus,
I received your letter early last
week but was then very much engaged and finally
have deferred answering it until to day —
Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
still remains absent, he must come
home this week as he has business at Rochester
early in February – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
recovered in a few
days from his illness – and has been at school
the last week – Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
party came off with
much satisfaction the Thursday after I wrote —
All the young people of her acquaintance were
invited and their parents – making the party
more pleasant for us all – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
and Fan
gave out the invitations about 50 in number
there were nearly 40 here – they danced
and seemed to enjoy themselves well – Clarence
arrived at the acme of his ambition in dancing
with one of the Miss Swains
Birth: 1823-02-06 Death: 1902-07-20
- Fred preferred to
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spend the evening making chemical experiments and
reading very studiously no way incommoded by
by the music and mirth in the parlour —
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was delighted with the whole whole per-
formance – insisted upon sitting up until the
guests departed and then danced himself
with Frances – although he sat up so late he
was awake very early in the morning enquiring of
me the names of the ladies with white dresses —
Last Wednesday I had a small party of married
persons and now believe we are through
for the present season – Willie was
very sick Friday night and yesterday he had
strong symptoms of scarlet fever but he is
quite well again to day – Freddy is now
complaining of sore throat and has some fever
I trust that he too will be relieved by aconite
and Belladonna – let me caution you once more
about using much homeopathic medicine – Dr
Matthews
Birth: 1809-07-07 Death: 1867-11-23
of Canandaigua uses much less than Dr
Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
and I think thees small portions have
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been of much more service to Willie – too much
always aggravates without relieving the disease –
I give as a preventive to scarlet fever 5 or 6 globules
every 5th day to Clarence – 4 to Fred – Auburn
is more than usually healthy this winter – George Wood
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02-05

has been very ill but is recovering – The weather
is exceedingly cold – the Thermometer has been
below zero for the past 2 days – We have much
less snow than last winter – Your Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

enjoys good health – has had an attack of Rheumat[ ism ]
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Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well she and Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
attende[ d ]
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both parties – We have a new a new book which will
one of these days be interesting to you, when you
have any time to read – it is Prescott's
Unknown
History of the
Conquest of Mexico
Author: William H. Prescott Publisher: Harper and Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1843
– I know that your present course
of studies is not calculated to give you a taste for
reading but I should be much grieved did I not look
forward to the time when you will have leisure to cul-
tivate a taste which is a source of so much enjoy-
ment – All join me in love
your affectionate Mother
F.A. Seward
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Augustus H. Seward
At the U.S. Military Academy
West Point —
OXX
AUBURN N.Y.
JAN 28
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