Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 11, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 11, 1846
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Date:1846-10-11

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 11, 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 2018-07-16

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Auburn Oct 11th 1846
My dear Son,
I am glad as I always am to
be again assured of your health – Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

grieves me exceedingly by not writing
oftener it is more than three weeks since
I have had a line from him — I trust he
is well but it is far more pleasant to feel
more confident — Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

left us the week after the fair – I was
for a time very lonely but we seldom
take a meal entirely by ourselves
at present we have with us a Miss
Sheridan
who paints miniatures – she
is making a copy of your fathers
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
picture
by Inman
Birth: 1801-10-28 Death: 1846-01-17
– for herself — Wednesday
your father went to Geneva to attend
an arbitration – found Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
quite
unwell and sent him home with the
horses – he will not return until
he is better – I fear he has been injured by
immoderate Leeching of the head — I
wish my children could all be subject
to homeopathic treatment when ill the
old practice looses favour with me every
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year — Were I not continually haunted with
apprehensions of the Mexican War I should
rejoice more than I do in the prospect
of your return to us I believe Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
Aunt
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and myself all count the weeks —
The war has at present no prospect of imme-
diate termination since the Mexicans decline
our proffer of peace – What a blessed
time it will be when "there shall be no
war any more" —
We hear no more from Florida since
Julia
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
has left – I hope she may be well
enough to return again – but think it very
doubtful — Lilas Muir
Birth: 1826-10 Death: 1909-04-03
was married
at the appointed time — has gone to N. York
Philadelphia Baltimore &c &c She
is considered rather fortunate in marrying
a rich husband
Birth: 1816 Death: 1896-12-24
though his moral
character is not without blemish — Poor
young man he had but a poor example
in his parents
x Birth: 1790-11-29  Death: 1868-04-05  Birth: 1767-07-11  Death: 1838-01-31 
of the beauty of
moral rectitude —
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
are well they both
talk a great deal about you — Fanny
talks incessantly – tries to say every
thing she hears — Eliza
Unknown
has gone home
on a visit so I have the entire
care of her at present – she is very interesting
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though not quite as placid in temper as
is desirable — she is quite as impatient
as Willie but rather more easily persuaded —
I think Fred had better go to the Point
this month – I will speak to your father
about it – he is going to Albany again
some time this week – he returned
only last ^night^ week from Geneva — his face
badly swollen — Did you
get the books you proposed in N. York
and how did you like them – do not
fail to cultivate a taste for reading
whenever you have any leisure – it
will be an unfailing source of comf[ ort ]
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in after life and is very important
to aid in giving you liberal principles
and enlarged views —
We have no report for the month of
September – be a little more cautious
about infringing regulations — your
marks increase rather rapidly —
Do not forget to write every two
weeks — A Dieu — your affectionate
Mother
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Cadet Seward
U. S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN N.Y.
OCT 11
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