Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 5, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 5, 1845
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Date:1845-09-05

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 5, 1845

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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: msr 

revision: tap 2018-03-22

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Auburn Sep. 5th 1845
My dear Augustus,
Although the time seemed
so long before your letter came I was unable
to answer it immediately—I was very busy
preparing Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
for his departure and the suc-
ceeding day Mr
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
and Mrs
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
Blatchford came—they
left us this morning after breakfast—Fred and
his father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
went at an early hour— I am more
lonely than I can express now you are both gone
how often do the beautiful words of Irving
Birth: 1783-04-03 Death: 1859-11-28
occur
to me—"our lives are made up of transient
meetings and long separations" it is somewhat
difficult to feel reconciled to this state of
things but as it appears unavoidable I must
endeavour to submit cheerfully—I was
very glad Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
came out two days
ago—she will remain with me until Uncle
Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
return from Detroit where
they went last Monday—Your father
returned to Rochester the same morning that
you left taking Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
with him as far
as Canandaigua—Willie came home
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at the expiration of the week with Mr Carter
your Father was absent two weeks and obliged
to go the third time before he got through
all his causes—Mary Seward
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
was deter-
mined to go home until she was informed that
her Uncle
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
could not bear her expenses, since
which time she has concluded to remain.
She packed and unpacked her clothes a multitude
of times– as she prepared the disappointment for
herself she met with much less sympathy than
she would have done under other circumstances
I was really sorry your father did not feel
able to take Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
with him as Clarence
has not visited his friends in nearly 2 years
and finds his whole vacation here very dull
he seems quite alone since Fred has gone—
is very impatient for the commencement of
the next term – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is in better
health than when you left—she is much
grieved by your absence—I must tell you
of an adventure of mine– A few days ago I went
into E. Hills'
Birth: 1785-11-04 Death: 1856-09-25
store to purchase some small article
when he addressed me with—"Has your son been
ordered to Texas yet" I supposed he was jesting
and replied "no" laughingly when he added
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in a serious tone that he saw by the papers that
50 cadets had been ordered to Texas—You may
imagine how this information affected me, though I
replied "I was not aware of it" very composedly and
left the store—I came immediately home where
I sat down and wept bitterly— After examining
the papers and talking with your father I discovered
that Mr Hills had mistaken the artillery company
stationed at the Point for Cadets and had feelingly
communicated the mistaken information to me—
You say nothing of the departure of this company—
Rumours of War still abound in the News Papers
I suppose it is impossible yet to tell when it will
end—You are by this time in quarters again—tell
me who is [ y ]
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our room mate?—Where did you go
while in at Boston? Uncle Polydore's
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
letter
to Mary informed us of your arrival at Florida.
Your father may possibly go there before his
return but probably not further than Albany—He
wishes Fred to board with Dr
Birth: 1773-06-25 Death: 1866-01-25
and Mrs Nott
Birth: 1774-08-29 Death: 1804-03-09
—Fred
objects—Fred went off quite happy—Willie and
Sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
are well—Clara Miller
Birth: 1827-12-03 Death: 1911-07-07
is here spending
the afternoon with Mary—I have witnessed an
experiment in Animal Magnetism which was very
wonderful but have no time for particulars—I
have been interrupted so many times since I began
this letter that I will not attempt to write
more—May God bless you
—your Mother
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Cadet Seward
U.S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN, N.Y.
SEP 6
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