Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 5, 1847

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 5, 1847
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1847-04-05

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 5, 1847

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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: nrs 

revision: crb 2017-04-13

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Auburn April. 5th
My dear Augustus,
I received your letter
a few days ago – the river will I hope soon
be open and then the communication will
be much less delayed than at present –
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
came home a week ago – two or
three days before I expected him – he
has grown some since his last vacation and
seems to feel much older than 17 – has been
to two or three parties at Schenectady this
winter – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
will not be home until
some time next week – Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
has
gone again to New York and from thence
to Florida – he tried to delay his visit to
Florida until the opening of the river but
was unable to do so – Since I wrote I
have made a short visit at Canandaigua
Your father was going to Bath ^Rochester^ on business
so I took Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
and went with him to
th see Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
– I remained with him him only
one night – Aunty and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
think they
will defer their visit to us until June –
The last news from Mexico have disturbed
me very much although the loss on our
side is probably not as great as was at
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first reported still it is an immense sacrifice
of human life and has made many
desolate families – this war is full of horrors
and has occasioned me many sleepless nights
but these are vain reflections – It is a
charming reflect thought that our bible
promises us a time when “there shall be no
war any more” –
We have had a cold backward Spring
there is no prospect yet for gardening –
it may however be the means of preserving
our fruits which coming forward so
early the last two years has been destroyed
by frost – Our lame horse is nearly
well – we shall drive him again in a few
days – the snow has gone at last but
it has left the worst roads imaginable
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is happy in the sunshine – he
is very anxious to have a gun and shoot
pigeons of which there are a great abundance
this season – the sky is fairly black
with them at times –
I see by the papers that you have a
new chaplain
 Death: 1883-06-09
appointed for West Point
has he come yet? and how are the
people pleased with a presbyterian? –
Are they not chiefly Episcopalians?
It would seem strange to me to hear any
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service but ours in that pretty little church –
We have a clergyman pro tempore whom
I like very much and have some hope
that he may be established here – he
is a young man by the name of Ayrault
Birth: 1822 Death: 1882-10-19

has not yet taken priests orders –
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well and sends love –
You will excuse a short dull letter for
I am under the influence of as sick
headache – Fred sends love – God bless
and preserve you – your affectionate
Mother –
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Cadet Seward
U. S. Military Academy
West Point
AUBURN
N.Y
APR
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