Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augutus Henry Seward, September 16, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augutus Henry Seward, September 16, 1844
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Date:1844-09-16

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augutus Henry Seward, September 16, 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 2017-02-03

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Auburn Sep 16th 1844-
My dear Augustus,
The arrival of your letter
last evening relieved me from much anxiety
it being a week over your usual time
I of course fancied you were ill –
I hope you new course of studies will become
more easy as you proceed – The method
of teaching Geography of which you speak is
that now pursued all over Europe, at least so
says the report of Mr Horace Mann
Birth: 1796-05-04 Death: 1859-08-02
, superin-
tendent of common schools in Massachusetts
It undoubtedly is calculated to give a much
more thorough knowledge of the science and
when commenced early I presume is not
any more difficult than the old plan – I
wish it were possible for you to have shorter
lessons but that is beyond our control.
I remember when I was at school at Windsor
Vt – how awkward were our representations
of countries drawn from memory but the
lessons became much more easy by practice –
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In Europe drawing is also made an essential part
of every boys education – With this as almost
every other art some have a natural bias
which enables them to draw more easily
than others – all will improve by practice
unless like Capt – Taylor
Unknown
, they do not try,
because they think themselves deficient in
genius – You use the word "emerge" for
"immerge" or "immerse" – I mention this
not because I suppose you do not know
the difference but to caution you to write
with care as you would find such mis-
takes troublesome in a composition to be inspected
So much for studies, of which I suppose
you think you have enough without having
mothers letters filled with them –
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
came home last Tuesday with his
father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
– I was very glad to get him home –
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
grows unsocial – I tell him sometimes
he will forget how to talk if he does not
practice occasionally – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
goes to
Geneva Wednesday, he is very impatient
for the time to come – I think he will
be obliged to study more than he has
done with Mr Hopkins
Birth: 1786-04-25 Death: 1862-06-27
if he remains
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there long – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
went last
Sunday to Romulus – she did not intend
to be gone more than a three days but she
does not come yet – I hope she will
make a good long visit – it is a great
while since she has been there – A letter
from Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
to day, says that Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
is to go
East, probably to Boston, with her father
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
, after
Mary Sibleys
Birth: 1822-09
wedding which is to come off
this week – Thursday I believe – The Sibleys
x Birth: 1802-01-29  Death: 1877-05-21  Birth: 1796-11-06  Death: 1852-09-08 

have moved into their new house and as
Aunty says "are immersed" in satin, velvet
and blond" – Samuel Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
is
to be married to a fashionable heiress, of Bosto[ n ]
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Miss Appleton
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
– I believe the match is
on which meets the active approbation of
his parents
x Birth: 1798-07-24  Death: 1857-12-23  Birth: 1798-04-24  Death: 1875-09-04 
– Sam himself appears to be in
a high state of complacency –
A letter from Goshen informs us that Grandma
Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
is better again – You do not tell
me who is your room mate
Unknown
I cannot find out
in any other way, pray write – Do you find time
to read the papers – I will tell you a secret which
you may not know – Henry Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
is injuring himself
by his injudicious letters respecting Texas and Slavery
his election is, I think, becoming doubtful – The
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abolitionists will not vote for him after what he has
written – many would have done so had he remained
silent – I think these letters are not all
published in the Journal – They are in the Argus
Croswell
Birth: 1797-05-29 Death: 1871-06-13
will not allow them to pass unnoticed –
Write once in two weeks if you can – it is
one essential point in the happiness of your
Mother –
Augustus H. Seward
At the U. S. Military Academy
West Point –
AUBURN
N.Y.
SEP 17
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