Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 30, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 30, 1845
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-09-30

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 30, 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: obm 

revision: tap 2018-03-22

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Auburn Sep 30th 1845
My dear Son,
I recieved your good, long letter
Saturday morning — I am always pleased to have
you write unreservedly as you may be assured
that nothing you do, say, or think can fail
to interest me — I am glad you find Chemistry
an agreeable study — you will find it useful
in time to come — I received a letter from
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
last Wednesday — he said he was
not very well and rather homesick — He
is obliged to walk to the old College three
times a day to attend recitation which
being half a mile distant according
to his calculation he thinks is not very
pleasant — I shall feel anxious about him
until I hear again he has been so subject
to ill turns, until the last year, and has
always had such careful nursing that
I fear he will feel the change more than
he imagined — I was unwilling to have
him enter College so early preferring to
wait until his health should be more
firmly established — he was impatient
to go so I gave a reluctant assent
He says he has nothing to read and wishes
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to take a Newspaper — A letter came to
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
post marked Waterloo which I sent
him — he writes me that the letter was
from a female correspondent
Unknown
but anonymous —
He recounts various acts of insubordination
of the students — says there was at one
time a rumor that he was suspended
but without foundation — a young man
Unknown

by the name of Wheeler has been suspended
— the number of students since last term
has diminished some 10 or 12 and since
the commencement of the last year 20 —
this is not favourable to the institution.
I think the young men there spend more
time in devising and executing mischievous
pranks than in any other College with
which I am acquainted —
Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
returned from Batavia Saturday
night — Mr
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
and Mrs Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1863-06-22
are boarding with
Sarah
Birth: 1819 Death: 1884-09-30Certainty: Possible
while some alteration is made in their
house — Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
, Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
, Sister Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
and I
all went to Aunt Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to tea last Friday
I believe we all enjoyed our visit very much
— When I came home I found William Henry
Miller
Birth: 1823-07 Death: 1900
from Michigan — he is a son of Uncle
Lewis Miller
Unknown
— is quite an intelligent young
man but feels much that want of an education
is 22 years old — thinks some of coming
Page 3

here to attend school next Summer — He was
very much disappointed to find you gone.
At one time he wished to go to West Point
but after I gave him some account of the
discipline he thought it not so desirable
as he once fancied — His brother
Birth: 1818-10-07 Death: 1890-05-01
and Sister
Birth: 1821 Death: 1870-03-04
are
married and his father has a second
wife
Birth: 1808-10-29 Death: 1871-10-17
so that he feels rather lonely —
He returned to Romulus with Clara Miller
Birth: 1827-12-03 Death: 1911-07-07

on Sunday — Last night Lewis Miller
Unknown

(son of Elisha Miller
Birth: 1779-09-02
) came to Aunt Clara's he
is quite low with consumption — has a wife
Unknown

and child
Unknown
in Romulus — wishes to go to the
South — I fear it is too late for him to be
benefitted by change of climate. Horace
Cook
Unknown
is not brought to Auburn yet — he is
getting along very well — Ann Robins
Unknown

was married this morning at ten oclock
has left Mrs Miller
Birth: 1780-09-18 Death: 1850-03-09Certainty: Possible
who is in a state
of unparaleled dispondency — Ann's sister
Unknown

takes her place — she brought me over
some wedding cake — Ann and her husband
Unknown

have gone on a wedding jaunt somewhere
to be absent a week — I believe no one
was invited to the wedding — Mr
Birth: 1792 Death: 1857-06-20
and
Mrs Bronson
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were at the Presbyterian Church
Sunday — Mrs Bronson appears once again
in gay colours —
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I have another letter from Fred in which
he says he is well and appears in good
spirits — Willie and Sister send love
I am glad you intend writing to Fred
Your affectionate
Mother
Cadet Seward
N.Y. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN N.Y.
OCT 1
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