Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1847

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1847
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1847-09-19

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1847

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: New York, NY

transcription: msr 

revision: crb 2018-07-17

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Sunday morning Sep 19th
My dear Henry,
A rainy Sunday will prevent
my going to St Peters Church — if it does
rain too fast I will take an umbrella
and go to the Universalist — Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

has intimated his wish that I would
do so by two or three times saying
he has had a foot bench put in
his pew — The Blatchfords
x Birth: 1798-07-24  Death: 1857-12-23  Birth: 1798-04-24  Death: 1875-09-04 
visited
me Friday — Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
left that
night — Yesterday I went to
dine with Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
, and Mrs
Blackmarr
Birth: 1821 Death: 1870-03-04
who is recovering under
the benign influence of homoeopathic
remedies from her chills and fever —
She will not be able to meet her husband
Birth: 1814 Death: 1851

in New York — She is reluctant to go
without the protection of some acquaintance
and I think it would be imprudent
in the present state of her health
to go at all — She has a violent
cough and much soreness of the
chest for which quiet is absolutely
necessary—She would not have
accompanied you as ^it was^ her intention
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to remain here this week —
I called on Mrs Miller
Birth: 1780-09-18 Death: 1850-03-09Certainty: Probable
in compliance
with your request – she was
out – I believe is still in the
village — This morning I recieved
a letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
written the
day before he sailed — He went
in the ship Ohio with 15 officers
and 300 recruits —
I went yesterday to examine
Mrs Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
furnace and to obtain
a detailed account of its formation.
The result of my enquiries is the
wish to have the furnace built forth
with — its construction after the
castings and tin pipes are made
will occupy 7 or 8 days — it
can be made to warm the first
floor including the Hall without
much derangement — this I think
is all that we can attain in a
house which is finished — in order to
heat the upper rooms effectually
it would be necessary to take down
a portion of each wall in all the
lower rooms — this would be sufficient
objection — another is that the heat
produced by a wood furnace is not
sufficient to warm so much space
Page 3

indeed I doubt whether a coal
furnace would warm a large country
house — The heat of coal is exceedingly
oppressive to me and to most women
or most persons who have not been
accustomed to it from childhood —
There are other objections to coal which
I think puts that out of the question —
The conclusion to which I arrive is that
all that is important may be attained
by a wood furnace heating the lower
rooms and hall which will of
course render at least one upper
room comfortable — Mrs Hills says
it does the whole of hers for lodging
rooms—Shall I consult Slover
Unknown
and
proceed to have the furnace cast or
shall I wait until you come home
and examine for yourself —
Do not forget the window shades
and the book which accompanies them
I wish you could have seen Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

wash herself in a tub this morning
She says she is going to ask father
to buy her a little bathing tub —
Remember me to the Weeds
x Birth: 1797  Death: 1858-07-03  Birth: 1797-11-15  Death: 1882-11-22 
and our
friends in N. York— your own
Frances
Page 4

I intended to send this letter to Albany
but your letter just received determines me
to send it to N. York —
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Frances A Seward
Sept 14.1847.