Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 22, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 22, 1846
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Date:1846-09-22

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 22, 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: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: mmh 

revision: crb 2018-07-16

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Auburn Sep 22nd 1846
My dear Son,
I received your letter last week
in the midst of the hurry of the fair – I
was very glad to hear from you having
become somewhat anxious in consequence
of your long silence – we remained at
Florida until Monday when we came to
Newburgh and took the evening boat for
Albany – remained in that city until
Tuesday evening — came on to Schenectady
and spent the night and the next
morning took the cars for Auburn — Your
father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
returned to Albany after having
accompanied me to Schenectady – he
came home Saturday night and after
spending only two days at home he
went to Hudson to attend the trial
of a cause which occupied him the
remainder of that week — Last Tuesday
the first day of the State Fair he was
obliged to go to Cooperstown to attend
another murder trial – from which
place he returned last Sunday
morning — To day he has gone

[top Margin] and is said to be a worthy young man –
Tell me something about your ball – and your
visit to the Dentists – it is almost 10
oclock so good night may God bless you —
your Mother

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to Oswego – the day being fine he took the
horses – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
accompanied him — We had
a house full of friends four days last
week all came to the State Fair —
The lot occupied by the buildings for
the exhibition is in the eastern part of
the town about 3/4 of a mile from here
on the north road to Skaneateles – 12
acres were enclosed by a high board fence
and four of five tasteful buildings erected
for the purpose of exhibiting the articles
brought for that purpose – the week
previous to the fair the young people including
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
were occupied on the
ground tying wreaths of ever greens for
ornamenting the building appropriated to the
exhibition of fruit and flowers and des-
signated “Floral Hall”— The last evening
of the fair this was used as a dancing hall –
Thousands of people came from every direction
the fair and ball passed [ of ]
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satisfactorily
Clarence was grievously disappointed that
he could not attend the latter — You
will remember that Bill Freeman
Birth: 1824 Death: 1847-08-21
was to have
been hanged on Friday the 18th at The
previous week Mr Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
had been to
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Albany to obtain a “writ of error” that the
execution might be suspended and another
trial granted – after waiting some time Mr
Morgan came home leaving this business wit to
the care of Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
who is still at the
convention — Monday evening just as your
father was about leaving for Cooperstown a
message came to him from Mr Worden saying
the judge
Birth: 1790-02-06 Death: 1860-05-06
had granted the “Writ of Error” and
that he would send the papers requiring the
Sheriff
Birth: 1800-05-05 Death: 1857-07-17
to stay the execution, by Express the next
day – No papers came Tuesday, and Wednesday
afternoon (but one day intervening between that and
the execution) Mr Morgan became alarmed and
sent a message by telegraph to Mr Worden saying
the papers had not been received – an answer was
soon received returned that the papers had been
sent by express on Tuesday — Mr Morgan then
Wednesday night dispatched Clarence to Albany
in pursuit of the papers with instructions that
failing to recover them he should seek a reprieve
from the Governor
Birth: 1795-05-24 Death: 1847-08-27
– Clarence had been gone but
a few hours when the papers came having passed
here and been to Buffalo – By this time the
telegraph was out of order and no messages
informing Mr Worden & recalling Clarence could
be sent until the next morning – Clarence
arrived at Albany some time after this
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information had been communicated – of course he had
nothing to do but come immediately home —
Unfortunately he was too late for the ball which
came off Thursday night – Among our guests
was young Dr Cary
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
(or Walter) who is improved
but not spoiled by his European tour —
he is very handsome and dances polkas much
to the admiration of the beau sex – He left
us the morning after the Ball — We had
Dr
 Death: 1863-10-16
and Mrs Wayland
 Death: 1867-01-28
of Canandaigua Mr
Joel Nott
Birth: 1797 Death: 1878-05-22
(son of Dr Nott
Birth: 1773-06-25 Death: 1866-01-25
) secretary of the
Agricultural Society his wife
Birth: 1805 Death: 1894-01-18
son
Birth: 1827-09-16 Death: 1916-03-06
and daughter
Birth: 1829 Death: 1922-07-13

Miss Sheridan a young artist – Mr Park
Birth: 1828-02-12 Death: 1907-07-16

a classmate of Clarence – George Evans
Unknown

who came with Walter – these were permanent
guests besides others who were only occasion-
al – Gary Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
shared Grandpa’s
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

bed – Aunt Clara took care of the
Romulus Cousins
x Birth: 1827-12-03  Death: 1911-07-07 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1825  Death: 1898 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1820  Death: 1911-09-11 Certainty: Possible
and Mr Sacketts nephew
Birth: 1838 Death: 1864-06-14Certainty: Possible

We are all pretty tired and rather pleased
when the festivities closed — Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
returned
to College the week after I came home —
We hear from Florida that Grandpa Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24

is comfortable — Julia
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
has gone to New York
to her brothers
x Birth:   Death: 1862  Birth: 1820-06-11  Death: 1870-12-29 
Miss Parsons
Birth: 1812Certainty: Possible
having a
vacation her housekeeper
Unknown
is taking care of Grandpa
for the present — Aunty and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
leave
us next week – Clarence has gone to Geneva
Lillias Muir
Birth: 1826-10 Death: 1909-04-03
is soon to be married to young
Mynderse
Birth: 1816 Death: 1896-12-24
of Seneca Falls – he has a large
fortune left him by his father Col Mynderse
Birth: 1767-07-11 Death: 1838-01-31