Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 18, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 18, 1844
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Date:1844-02-18

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 18, 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: srr 

revision: tap 2018-03-06

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Sunday Feb 18th 1844
My dear Augustus,
I have your letter to Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

which I will answer as I think it doubtful
whether she will find time immediately – At
present she is not very well having the prevailing
influenza – I went to Church this morning – found
it very cold though the weather for a week past
has been much more moderate – Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

returned from Batavia Tuesday night – he staid
while there with Mr
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
and Mrs Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1863-06-22
whom he
left very well – Sarah
Birth: 1819 Death: 1884-09-30
and Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
both being away
their family is quite small – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
is engaged
in another ball for the 22d of Feb – I am sorry that
he is not satisfied with having attended two but
he has so far committed himself with regard to
this that I suppose he must go – He has promised
it shall be the last this year – for a boy of 15
I think three balls in one winter rather too much
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Beside this we would like very much to join
the bucket company (a portion of them) who are going
to attend a ball at Ithica but as it is the same
evening I do not well see how he could attend
both – Here all the fire companies are to join – 
You will be surprised to hear that Henry Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881

is married, at least I was, not being aware that
he was particular in his attentions to any young
lady – He was married Thursday evening to a
daughter
Birth: 1824-02-14 Death: 1896-03-06
of Mr. Catlin's
Birth: 1783 Death: 1861
– I believe she is some
9 or 10 years younger than he – Your Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

attended the wedding but has told me none
of the particulars – They went to Syracuse the
same evening – Henry is clerk for the Railroad
company, has a salary of $500 a year — I hope
he has found a wife as good as himself but
that cannot be ascertained at present – I
remember well when her mother
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1871
ran away to
be married, some 30 years ago – her married
life has been far from happy – I am glad
to hear that the time of your sojourn at
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West point does not seem very long – we have
had a very long Winter and may expect a least one
month more of cold weather – Your father
will not go to Albany until the first of March
and may not go to Washington at all – I think
it rather doubtful about his coming to the
Point while the river is closed still he will
if he finds time – he is much hurried
with professional business quite as much as
he was with his official duties at Albany –
I am very glad you have written to Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and
Aunt Clara – I send you $5 but advise you
not to get the boots if its contrary to the rules
I should have sent you some money before but feared
it might get you into difficulty – The report
for January does not come yet – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

sends a kiss – he is very merry his independent
spirit and perseverance often reminds me of yours
at the same age – you will be happy to see him
if he continues as well as now he cannot fail
to interest you — Adieu – your affectionate Mother
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Augustus H. Seward
At the U.S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN
FEB
18
N.Y.
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