Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 26, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 26, 1846
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1846-04-26

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 26, 1846

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: lkw 

revision: tap 2018-07-20

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Auburn April 26, 1846
My dear Augustus,
Your long expected letter came
yesterday to relieve my anxiety – I cannot
account for the delay of my former letter as
it was mailed the day it was written –
How many times I have wished you were here
with the boys
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21 
for a vacation – Fred’s time
has about expired he returns to Schenectady
this week –Clarence has two weeks more –
They met with rather an unpleasant ad-
venture last week – Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
sent
them to Geneva with a letter – they took
one of our horses
Unknown
and hired a buggy
went the 20 miles delivered the letter
and stopped at a farm house (there being
no tavern) to dine – After dinner they
harnessed the horse for the purpose of returning
home – Fred was leading him from the barn
when he slipped, started and throwing
the buggy against the barn door tore
off two boards – this so frightened him
that he escaped from Fred and ran the
distance of three miles – many persons
making unsuccessful attempts to stop
him only increased his speed – he finally
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ran under a shed dashing to pieces one of the
wheels of the buggy – he was ridden back and
the buggy brought in a lumber wagon to
the place from whence they started – Fred
came back that night in the stage, Clarence
remaining to have a new wheel made and
the wagon otherwise repaired – having expen-
ded all their money Fred came for a
new supply – which I sent by letter the
next day – Clarence was detained two
days – came home last evening – I found
it rather an expensive excursion but I
was thankful no harm befel the boys.
I am afraid to have Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
drive that
horse any more as he is in the habit
of doing – Grandpa is just getting over
his attack of gout – he walked out last
week for the first having been confined
four weeks — The last letter I had from
your father he was in Cincinnatti – he
goes from there to Lexington then to St. Louis
then to New Orleans – he was enjoying
himself very well though he took a
severe cold going down the Ohio River
He spent a night with Mr Sanford
Birth: 1818-01-22 Death: 1883-07-21
who is
living there very pleasantly – Mr Frankenstein
Birth: 1817-12-19 Death: 1881-04-16

is there also with my bust which you
will recollect he took away with him –
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Our garden begins to look gay – the crocuses
have given place to daffodils crown imperials
and polyanthus – The tulips give promise of
much beauty – I hope we shall have no June
frost to destroy them – so far I think the
weather has been more than usually cold.
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is out constantly – his eyes continue
well – he has two hens
Unknown
and has attempted
to keep bull heads
Unknown
in a pond but the water
failed and the fish died – he is more anxious
to commence speculating in ducks I have
dissuaded ^him^ so far, pleading the want of a
pond and sufficient room – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is very
well but owing to the weakness of one ankle
does not walk alone yet – she talks
incessantly to make up that deficiency.
Grandpa Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
wishes to sell his house
and come here to live – Julia
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
is so much
out of health as to be unable to take charge
of the house any longer – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

is well and sends much love to you
her place looks very pretty this summer all the
flowers and shrubs they set out last fall
are doing well – The boys send love.
Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
is nominated a delegate to the
Convention which is to meet at Albany in
June to amend the Constitution of this State –
He will of course be elected – He is yet in
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Albany the Legislature not having adjourned –
Your father will probably be absent a month
to come – A Dieu – Your affectionate
Mother