Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 25, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 25, 1846
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Date:1846-06-25

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 25, 1846

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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: meb 

revision: crb 2018-07-13

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Auburn June 25 — 1846
My dear Son,
I received your letter last evening –
I have not ventured to send you any money before
on account of the prohibitory notice attached to
our monthly report – I enclose $5 – You have
probably heard the result of Wyatt's
 Death: 1846-08-17
trial which
has occupied the whole of your fathers
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
time for
the last three weeks – After as very strong charge
from the judge
Birth: 1790-01-16 Death: 1850-12-28
against the prisoner the jury
brought in a unanimous verdict of guilty —
He was sentenced yesterday to be hung the 18 day
of August – To me, who disapproving of capital
punishment at all, under any circumstances
it appears a very unjust sentence for a man
driven to desperation by the lash of his inhuman
keepers – but so long as legal murders are
tolerated by community little allowance
will be made for palliating circumstances —
I trust the time will come if not in my
generation when people will learn that such
barbarous punishments only increase the crimes
they are intended prevent – they will learn
from the teaching of the Son of God that
all revenge is sinful, and that no punishment
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can be justifiable further than is necessary for the
reformation of the offender and the security of society —
The trial of Bill Freeman
Birth: 1824 Death: 1847-08-21
is now occupying
the court — the preliminary question of insanity
is not yet disposed of – the murder itself
without the slightest provocation or malice
would be a sufficent argument to prove
the insanity of the offender to a mind
unbiased by prejudice or passion – few such
minds are to be found in this excited com-
munity and I should not be surprised if the
conviction and sentence of this miserable
insane negro who is sinking into a state
of idiocy, should follow that of Wyatt —
These are the decisions of an earthly tribunal
How differently they w same cases will be
viewed and judged by our heavenly Father
remains for us yet to learn — Justice and
Mercy will not with him be incompatible —
It has been a great sacrifice of time for your
father but is cheerfully made in the cause
of benevolence and humanity — Seneca
Wood
Birth: 1794 Death: 1859
his associate counsel in Freemans
defence is too ill to attend court – David Wright
Birth: 1806-03-18 Death: 1897-02-24

has taken his place — Dr Doane
Birth: 1808-04-02 Death: 1852-01-27
returned
home last Sunday – Dr Brigham
Birth: 1798-12-26 Death: 1849-09-08
went also
but has come again to attend this trial —
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The weather here was cold and unpleasant for
some days – it must be unpleasant for
your encampment – You do not say when
you wish me to come or answer the other
questions I asked — I hope you will take care
of yourself these damp cold nights –
What do you think of the Mexican prospects? —
Did your class of graduates all receive
appointments or is it not yet known? —
I expect Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
some time
this week — Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
is yet in Albany
Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is quite well again — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
all well and merry — Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

says he is studying pretty hard preparatory to
commencement — Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well
and sends love — Mr Underwood
Birth: 1791-12-22 Death: 1846-06-23
, Amos,
died Tuesday, is buried this afternoon.
Old Mrs Hatch
Birth: 1762-09 Death: 1846-06-23
, Gen Throops
Birth: 1793-04-12 Death: 1854-02-23
mother whom
you may remember is also dead and
to be buried tomorrow — A Dieu —
your affectionate Mother—