Letter from Augustus Henry Seward to Frances Alvah Chesebro, February 16, 1844

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Letter from Augustus Henry Seward to Frances Alvah Chesebro, February 16, 1844
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Date:1844-02-16

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Letter from Augustus Henry Seward to Frances Alvah Chesebro, February 16, 1844

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sender: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: West Point, NY

receiver: Frances Chesebro
Birth: 1826  Death: 1909-08-24

location: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: nrs 

revision: tap 2017-03-24

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West Point Feb 16th 1844
My dear Cousin
I received your mother’s
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
kind letter
yesterday and am glad that she enjoys such good
health this winter; tell her that I am much in-
debted for the kind wishes that she expressed for
my welfare and success at the Academy.
I hope that you enjoyed yourself while at Auburn
and that the party was agreeable to you, Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
,
Mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
says, “did not partake much in the
enjoyments of the evening,” Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
undoubtedly
made up for his deficiency on that respect and
must have been of great assistance to you in enter-
taining the young ladies. The winter here would
be rather dull for you I presume, there are few
or no parties, sleighs and “sleigh riding” are
very rare; mathematics are here supposed to
contain charms far superior to any of these amusem-
ents, and if I am not able to solve equations, find
the area of surfaces and solids, and measure all
lines straight, croocked, or curved by next June
it will not be because I have not been drilled
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enough at them, and the Professors I am sure can
say that they have done their duty at least with
good consciences.
We get up at 6 am the morning breakfast at 7,
are occupied with studying and recitation from
8 to 1 when we have dinner at 2 we commence
studying again and continue until 4 and
also in the evening from 7 to half past 9; our
duties are the same every day except Saturday
and Sunday, Saturday afternoon is given for
recreation, Sunday we are obliged to go to
church at least once.
I hope to see you and your mother here next
June when the corps are in camp should I
pass my examination, studies are then put
aside for two months. Give my respects to your
Father
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
and Mother
Your affectionate Cousin
A H Seward