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

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 14, 1845
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Date:1845-12-14

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 14, 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: aca 

revision: tap 2018-07-20

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Auburn, Dec. 14th, 1845
My dear Son,
Your letter came the day previous
to my going to Canandaigua – I was absent
three days — I am glad to hear of your
continued health — We went to Canandaigua
with our ponies — The ponies came from New-
burg
, on a steam boat and from Albany
on the rail road which I believe was
an especial favor — They are stout, and
I think will be more profitable horses than
those we had at Albany, though greatly inferior
in appearance — Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

rode about town the first day or two
almost constantly — Fred went to Aurora
for Mr. Morgans's
Birth: 1806-05-02 Death: 1881-10-13Certainty: Possible
sleigh which we are to
use this winter — he drove the horses there
and back again — Horton
Birth: 1822-04 Death: 1894-07-26Certainty: Possible
, from the office went
with him — Thanksgiving day we all went
to Skaneateles except Fred — Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

with Catherine Miller
Birth: 1821 Death: 1907
accompanied us — John
drove and Willie rode part of the way
on the drivers seat — The sleighing is very
good - the weather was so extremely cold
that it subtracted much from the pleasure
of our jaunt to Canandaigua —

[top Margin]
Willie wishes me to inform you that he worked
for Grandpa to get a six pence to buy a birth day
present for Sister — She was a year old the 9th —
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Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
was going to Geneva to attend an
arbitration — The previous day being very
comfortable I consented to go and take Fan
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

Our party consisted of father, myself, nurse
Certainty: Possible

Fred Willie and Fan – We nearly froze
going to Cayuga where we stopped to warm
then drove to Geneva where we dined – left
your father and proceeded to Canandaigua
having taken Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
to occupy the vacant
seat – PatrickPatrick, servant
an Irishman who works
for us occasionally was the driver –
Having passed the only tavern on the road in
expectation of finding another we were obliged
to stop at a farm house to warm – reached
Canandaigua about 4 o clock – where we
found all well glad to see us, and
the house thoroughly heated with stoves –
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
had gone to ride with Post
Unknown
who I
am inclined to believe thinks himself an
accepted suitor – Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
says he is not –
I saw him for the first, time but for so
short a time that I should not know him
again – Frances is to have a large party
next Tuesday her birth day — After Uncle
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16

goes to Albany the 1st of Jan. they are to
come here for visit — Uncle Worden
is a member of the Assembly — We
left there the next day at 11 and expecting
to get home the same evening - but your
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fathers business being unfinished we were detained
all night - came home Friday – Fanny
bore the journey very well though she would
have been more comfortable and happy at home —
Willie took a violent cold and was threatened
with croup so that I slept very little at
Geneva — he is better now and has to
day gone to Aunt Clara's — Clarence was
more and more dissatisfied with Geneva
the oftener he compared notes with Fred
he is very desirous to change for Union.
Fred's vacation continues until the 8th of Jan
his going away is a light affair to me
compared to yours he comes home so frequently
and the facilities for intercourse are so
much greater – If you could come home
half as often I would be willing to compromise
by not seeing him – he is well and has
grown considerably in height– Clarence
thinks it very hard that his vacation is only half
as long as Fred's – he comes home next week –
Grandpa Seward's
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
school is to commence some
time this month – Miss Parsons
Birth: 1812
is to take charge
of it – Uncle George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
thinks of keeping the boarding
house – Your father is to be in Washington
before Christmas - he has a case in the S. Court
will leave here this week — William
Hills
Birth: 1821-08-21 Death: 1875-07-12
has not returned from his wedding tour
A. Dieu — your affectionate
Mother
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Cadet Seward
Military Academy
West Point
Auburn, N.Y.
DEC 14
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