Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 11, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 11, 1844
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1844-11-11

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 11, 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 2017-02-06

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Monday Nov 11th 1844
My dear child,
Your letter came last Thursday just
as we were receiving the unpleasant election
returns – this however did not prevent my
writing – I have not been well enough for
some days past – and have some doubt now
about being able to finish this letter –
Although we were not always as confident
about the result of the election as many
Whigs still we are much disappointed
I would really prefer to have had a man
for President whose name had been heard
previous to his nomination, at least
by his own party, a distinction Mr
James Polk
Birth: 1795-11-02 Death: 1849-06-15
cannot claim – There are
many causes combined to produce the defeat
in this state – the Abolition ticket took
away 10 or 1200 voters from the Whigs –
the Native American party gave great
offence to all foreigners and although
it is composed of both Whigs and Loco's
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the latter had sufficient ingenuity to make
the Whigs alone responsible – I have always
hoped to see Henry Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
president – few
men have a greater claim upon there coun-
try for services rendered – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has spent
the last week with scraps of paper and
figures endeavouring to form combinations
which would only appear upon paper –
he was very reluctant to abandon his
favourite candidate – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
says he
does not care much about it though he
used to enquire every night if we were
"beat yet" – Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
has lost
something by betting for which Aunt Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

rallies him without much mercy –
There was much betting in the village
of course the Whigs are losers – it
was two or three days before all parts
of the state were heard from during
which time I believe there has been
a pretty general suspension of business –
to day all go to work again – I am
thankful this excitement only comes round
once in four years – Ontario gave 900
Whig majority of course your Uncle
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
was elected
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Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
and Harriet
Birth: 1819-02-06 Death: 1893-11-01
are to sail on the 20th
for St Croix – If Harriet does not get any
better – they will probably remain there
through the Winter – The Millerites
have become quiet again – Mr Hotchkiss
Birth: 1796-05-17 Death: 1857-02-01Certainty: Probable

has returned to his shop – As nothing
has been talked of or thought of for the
last two weeks but the election I have
nothing new to communicate –
Your report for the month of September
gives you 5 demerits making in the whole
31 – I am glad to see the number so
much di[ m ]
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Reason: hole
inished – I have heard nothing
from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
for 10 days past but infer
that he is well – Your father saw him
a moment at the depot when he
returned from Palmyra – The weather
here is warm again – for the last time
probably this season – John is busily en-
gaged in setting out trees of which we
should have a superabundance did
they not die annually – All send love
Your affectionate
Mother –
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Augustus H. Seward
U. S. Military Academy
West Pont –
AUBURN
N.Y.
NOV
12
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