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

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

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1846-11-26

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 26, 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: ssb 

revision: crb 2018-07-16

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Editorial Note

Content of letter dates it 1846, although the manuscript is filed as 1845; the letter was written on Thanksgiving, which was November 26, and posted the next day.
Auburn Thanksgiving evening
My dear Augustus,
I have seldom allowed a
letter of yours to remain a week unanswered
but my time has been unusually occupied –
In addition to other cares Maria
Unknown
has been
very sick for the last two weeks so that
much of my leisure time has been
occupied with her – She is still very
sick and perfectly destitute her
husband
Unknown
having gone off last Spring
and left her with the care of two

UnknownFrederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
came home quite
unexpectedly last Saturday – how often
I have thought to day how happy
I should be to have you too at home
on Thanksgiving day – Union College
seems to be very munificent in the
matter of vacations – The next term
does not commence until the 8th
of Jan – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
returned to Geneva
after remaining at home one week
after he came back from Orange
County
– he found it very dull
here alone and was pleased to
return to the society of his fellow
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students – Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
went to Cooperstown
yesterday – I am afraid he will have
some difficulty in reaching his place
of destination – we had a heavy fall
of snow last night with high winds
which must have obstructed the rail
road – then 30 miles in the stage
over roads almost impassable from
mud before this fall of snow which
has no tendency to improve the travelling
Our winter seems to have commenced in
good earnest – we have had almost incess-
ant rains until this week –
You have probably seen a notice of the
death of Mr Orton
Birth: 1801-07-14 Death: 1846-11-18
who was accidentally
drowned in the creek last week – The
night was very dark, it is supposed that
he stepped off from the bridge which
leads to the new woolen factory
where he had been on business – He
has left a wife
Birth: 1804 Death: 1877-07-14
and five children
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Unknown Birth:   Death:   Birth: 1842  Death:   Birth: 1838  Death:   Birth: 1835-12-18  Death: 1894-10-11 

it is a very melancholy event –
I am writing in the library where
Frederick is reading Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
to sleep –
he is reading the constitution of the State
and you must not be surprised if I
write down some of the articles–
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
lies upon the couch asleep
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Sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
who has been rather indisposed
for a day or two was ^so^ much engaged in
resisting Eliza's
Certainty: Probable
attempts to put her to
bed that I could not write in the
nursery – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well – I have
not seen her this week on account of the
unpropitious state of the weather.
Willie has tried in vain to persuade
Grandpa that it was a very pleasant day
for a drive – Walter Cary
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
was here
yesterday – he has been to N York Boston
&c previous to commencing the practice of
medicine in Buffalo – He is now in
his 28th year – he has had every facility
afforded him and I hope will succeed
in his profession – He says he has no inten-
tion of getting married for some six
or eight years yet – his father
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
and
mother
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1863-06-22
are rather anxious to have
him hasten the period – Lucinda Cary
Birth: 1823 Death: 1849-01-05

remains with her Aunt and Uncle yet –
Sarah
Birth: 1819 Death: 1884-09-30
, her husband
Birth: 1823 Death: 1882
and child
Birth: 1846 Death: 1921-07
at boarding
or the hotel – Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and Frances were
well the last letter – Aunt Clary
joins us in love to you – A Dieu —
your affectionate Mother
Who is to preach for you in place of Mr Parks
Unknown
? We
have no clergyman yet –
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Cadet Seward
U.S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN N.Y.
NOV 27
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