Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 15, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 15, 1844
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Date:1844-07-15

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 15, 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: nrs 

revision: crb 2015-06-16

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Auburn July 15th
My dear child,
I received your letter last
week and should have answered it earlier
had I been well – Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
came home
last Saturday night having been absent
two weeks attending court and mass
meetings – There was a very large gather-
ing of Whigs at Syracuse on Saturday
quite as many as at the convention you
attended there previous to the election of
Gen. Harrison
Birth: 1773-02-09 Death: 1841-04-04
– There was a mass meeting
here the Saturday previous to the 4th which
which was the largest ever held in Auburn
there were between 6 and 8,000 persons
assembled – Mr Sibley
Birth: 1796-11-06 Death: 1852-09-08
, John A. King
Birth: 1788-01-03 Death: 1867-07-07
of N Y –
and Mr Culver
Birth: 1803-03-15 Death: 1889-10-13
of Washington county were
the principal speakers – every thing
passed off in a very satisfactory manner
From the present appearance there can
be little doubt of Henry Clay's
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
election
by a large majority – there is ever
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a greater manifestation of enthusiasm than
thare was there was in 1840 – I believe I
have not written you since the 4th – The
day passed off very quietly no oration
no procession – the fire companies were
out the previous evening with torches but
did not pass us – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
sat up until
10 oclock expecting to see them and finally
went to bed disappointed – he amused himself
all the next day marching about with
your toy sword and a feather in his cap –
Fred's
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
fire works were displayed the evening
of the 3d and went off well – the evening
of the 4th he and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
went to the garden.
Clarence went to the Syracuse meeting as
did almost every whig in town – the village
was quiet as Sunday – The Caravan was
attended by all the boys but was not quite
satisfactory as the crowd prevented their seeing
the horse driven before a car, which feat was
performed inside of a large cage –
My health is yet very poor but I still propose
coming to see you in August – I think the
first week – should any thing occasion
an alteration in this arrangement I will
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write again – Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
accompany
me – they are to come out this week and
will remain until we go – I wish Aunt
Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to go too but she does not consent –
she thinks she shall not like West Point and
would rather see you here than there –
I will bring the things you mention – should
any thing else occur to you – write – write
again at all events if you are sick or any
thing unexpected occurs – Clarence is to
be examined the week after next at Geneva
there will then be a vacation of 6 weeks
before he enters College – Willie has
many doubts whether Augustus will know
him – he is at present making a great noise
with a new drum which his father
brought him from Syracuse – You have
seen Maria Weed's
Birth: 1823-07-05 Death: 1896-01-26
marriage in the paper
she goes to Springfield to live – Sherman
Beardsley
Birth: 1785 Death: 1862-04-30
is married again – he married
a widow – much younger than himself –
All join in love to you – I hope soon
to see you once more – till then adieu
Your affectionate
Mother
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Augustus H. Seward
At the U. S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN
N.Y
JULY
15
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