Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 21, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 21, 1845
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-04-21

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 21, 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: maf 

revision: crb 2018-07-11

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Auburn April 21st 1845
My dear Augustus,
I received your letter a few
days after I sent mine which is usually
the case though yours came this time much
sooner than usual – We have a cold Spring and
in comparison with that of last year very backward
only a few flowers have ventured to show their
faces in the garden yet – the “Hamisous” (hyacinths)
as John
Unknown
calls them are in flower and a great
abundance of daffodils – your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
who is
indefatigable in pursuit of fine fruit trees has
been putting out a great variety with
the assistance of an old Englishman
Unknown
who has
of also been engaged in planting a hawthorn hedge
between the house and garden –
Monday 28th– I commenced this letter a
week ago but was prevented finishing it – A letter
came from Albany Thursday saying Mr Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16

was dangerously ill and that Mrs Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

had not been informed of it – Your father
immediately sent Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
to Canandaigua with
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the letter
advising Aunty to go to Albany – She in the meantime
received a letter from Mr Benedict
Birth: 1785-11-07 Death: 1862-07-15
advising the
same course – She came out with Fred and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

Friday night and Saturday went on to Albany
I have a letter from her this morning saying
your uncle is very ill yet though the physicians
do not consider him immediately dangerous –
he has been much reduced and will probably
be ill a long time if he recovers – Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

remains at Canandaigua with Mrs Sibley
Birth: 1802-01-29 Death: 1877-05-21

as the house is closed –
Your father was at Utica part of last week
and to day has gone to Lyons to attend the trial
of a cause – he took Clarence
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Fred and Mary
Unknown

with him for a ride it being vacation
with all – dear little Willie is helping
take care of Sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
– She has a new
wagon which he would like to draw
in the garden most of his time – John
is busy making garden – Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16

is very busily engaged in repairing his house
so that they may move in a few weeks
The weather has become more Spring like
birds and flowers abound –
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Last week Mrs Lucas’
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
oldest daughter
Birth: 1826 Death: 1896
was
married to Mr Reed
 Death: 1864
a young lawyer from
New York – he was last year a student in
your fathers office – they were married
in church – every body went who chose of
course the church was crowded – all our
young people went – your Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
was
the only invited guest – he accompanied
the bride and groom as far as Syracuse
on their way to Philadelphia
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
says I must tell you that
Roscoe Conkling
Birth: 1829-10-30 Death: 1888-04-18
is paying attention to Eliza
Swain
Unknown
Capt Swains
Birth: 1777 Death: 1870-03-10
youngest daughter
though I believe older than Roscoe – th[ ey ]
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take a walk every Sunday night to
the burying ground! rather a singular
manner of paying addresses – Roscoe still
attends al school at the Academy and says
he is only 16 years old which makes his
conduct very consistent – Cousin Augus-
tus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
writes to Clarence that he better not get
married until he gets his profession! –
Experience is rather a severe teacher though
the most effectual – Aunt Clara sends love
we count the weeks to the time of your return

[right Margin] Let me know if y[ ou need ]
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[left Margin] May God preserve you to meet us once more – your mother
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Augustus H. Seward
U.S. Military Academy
West Point –
AUBURN N.Y.
APR 29
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