Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 14, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 14, 1845
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-02-14

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 14, 1845

action: sent

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 2017-04-11

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Auburn Feb 14th 1845
My dear Son,
I received your letter dated the
2d of February, yesterday and was grieved to
find that you had so misconstrued mine
to which it was an answer – What your
Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
said in relation to a resignation I
think was said in all kindness and with-
out an intention of conveying a reproach
as you seem to suppose – however I will
say no more about it – I hope and trust
that in any event you will come home
in the Summer and not return again –
Robert Mott
Unknown
has returned from his trip
to China perfectly satisfied with the exper-
iment of a sailors life – he is now I am
told studying law in N. York – I am very
glad for his mothers
Unknown
sake – Mrs Webb
 Death: 1848-07-01
has
been very ill all winter – the Col.
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
was
at Albany while Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
was there
but she merely saw him –he came up
on business in company with S. Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07

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Have you felt the effect of the severe snow storm
at the Point? – The day on which it commen-
ced your Father went to Ovid to attend court
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
accompanied him as he is not yet able
to dress himself without some assistance –
They were detained at Ovid one day by the
storm – Thursday morning (the coldest day)
they set out to return home in company
with two other gentlemen
xtwo other gentlemen
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Unknown

Unknown
– in cutters –
About 5 miles this side of Ovid they
were obliged to seek shelter from the snow
and severe cold – the roads had become
impassable from snow drifts – Fred froze
both his ears – They stopped at the first
farm house and claimed the hospitality of
its inmates – it proved to be occupied by
a brother
Unknown
of Mr Gurnee
Unknown
’s who though a
loco foco received and entertained them
kindly for the whole day. during which
time the storm continued with unabated
violence – They reached home Saturday
night – from Seneca Falls they came in a
sleigh of Mr Willards
Unknown
– the rail road
west of this place was impassable five or six
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days – yesterday was a mild day with every
appearance of a general thaw – to day the
thermometer is below zero again –
Mrs Sherwood
Unknown
has lost her youngest daughter
Unknown

she died yesterday with crysipelas (vulgarly
‘black tongue’:) was sick but a short time
this disease has prevailed in and about
the village all winter – many cases proving
fatal. Aunty and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
have
been with us a week – Frances was satisfied
with one month of Albany gaiety
mirth; merriment; acts or entertainments prompted by, or inspiring merry delight • Finery; show •
and fashion
they will remain here until some time in
April – Our little Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
grows every
day – she laughs and talks after the manner
of babies – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
thinks he would like to
change her away for one old enough to play
with him. Willie is well, but one eye
is again inflamed – I hope it will soon
pass off. Aunty and Frances join us in love
to you – wish you were coming home during
their visit – I enclose $3 – May God
bless you and restore you to your
affectionate Mother