Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 14, 1847

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 14, 1847



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 14, 1847

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: Veracruz, Mexico

transcription: msr 

revision: lmd 2018-07-17

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Auburn Nov 14th 1847
My beloved Child,
Your letter came last week
even earlier than I expected — its arrival made
x Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29 
all very happy — I had been carefully watch-
ing the papers to see the arrival of the Ohio
announced which information I supposed would
reach us by Telegraph some time in advance
of your first letter — I had become very
anxious about your safety during what I
supposed so long a voyage — The arrival of
the Ohio has not been noticed in any of our
papers but I am much better satisfied to
have the assurance of your safety from yourself
Your letter was very entertaining — after reading
two or three times I sent it to Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
still keeps it in her possession — Willie is very
desirous to hear it read I am going to send
him for it to day — I feel now that one
danger is passed — I very much dreaded
a voyage during the season of the Equinoctial
Storm — But God has preserved you and I
will endeavour to rely upon his protection
amid future dangers — I am the whole time
thinking of your movements — As no reinforcements
have left Vera Cruz since Gen Lane’s
Birth: 1801-12-14 Death: 1881-04-19
I think you must await the moving of
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of those under command of Gen Patterson
Birth: 1792-01-12 Death: 1881-08-07
, which we
hear by Telegraph are ^were^ to leave Vera Cruz the
1st of November — In the mean time I presume
you will write me again and I hope will
get one or two of the three letters which
I have directed to Vera Cruz — I see
that Hunt
Birth: 1824-02-23 Death: 1886-09-06
and two other of your classmates

have reported themselves at Vera Cruz — I am
always glad to learn that you are not entirely
among strangers — The death of Lieutenant Jenkins
Birth: 1820 Death: 1847-10-18

must have occurred since your arrival — it
causes me much apprehension about your
health – If I could make any calculation
about which of my letters would come to your
hands and which be lost, I should know
what part to recapitulate — The last two
weeks your father has been occupied with
the Supreme Court which has been sitting
here for the first time, under the new
constitution – Last week all the judges
all the lawyers both from our own and the
adjacent villages, attending court, with the
supervisors of the County, the superintendents
of the poor and some few political friends
were all invited here to supper — As there
were nearly 100 in all the party was divided
and the entertainment occupied two evenings
You may imagine how much I am
relieved by having it all over and the
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house once more in order — Our furnace answers
the purpose very well but consumes so much
wood that I am about having a damper
put in the pipe — Henry Miller
Birth: 1820 Death: 1911-09-11
a brother of
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898
came last evening – She will not return
with him having made her arrangements to go
with Mr Huson
Birth: 1822 Death: 1861-10-14
some time this week —
Charles Porter
Birth: 1826-01-18 Death: 1910-08-28
has been admitted and is about
commencing the practice of Law in Rochester
Huson is to be his partner — Oct

Editorial Note

She means November
18th — I have
let this letter remain unfinished three or four
days fancying I might hear from you
again – but it was an unwise calcula-
tion I believe — I see by the papers that
Gen. Pattersons train left on the 1st
of November, I cannot help thinking
you are with them of course I shall feel
the most anxious solicitude about all
their movements — Things at home remain
about as when I commenced this letter –
the weather is very mild so that I have
been able to superintend the work in the
garden for a few days — Your father
is still at home – will go to Albany
this or next week — Mr Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-03
is preparing
to leave the 1st of Jan — when his duties in Albany
commence — Henry Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
seems to be the most
prominent candidate for the Presidency
at present — his speech on the war is
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much commended by the Whigs — I do not
know who is to be the opposing candidate —
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
writes that he is to spend Thanksgiving
(the 25th) with Charles Williams
 Death: 1891
— will be home
the next day — Mr Morgan takes his oldest
Birth: 1834-04-02
to Albany with him, to attend school
Mrs Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
is undecided about going —
George Underwood
Birth: 1816-01-04 Death: 1859-05-25
has lost his only child
Birth: 1845-05-21 Death: 1847-11-10
little boy a few months younger than Fanny —
Mrs Nelson Beardsley
Birth: 1815-03-06 Death: 1854-07-16
has her fith daughter
Birth: 1847-11 Death: 1931-12-01

Aunt Clara and Catherine attended a large
party last evening at Mrs Carharts
Birth: 1811 Death: 1897-01-04
— Do you
see any papers news papers from the North
is there any probability of any reaching you
that I should send? What would I not give
to talk with you an hour it seems to me
I should be willing to make a voyage to
see you — Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is enjoying this fine morning
by taking a drive though the badness of the
roads will prevent his going out of the village
The horses have been very idle for a month or
two — Dennis
Birth: 1827
is so busy with the garden that
I do not take him to drive — Should there be snow
they will find ample employment when the boys
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

come home — All send much love and many
kind wishes — my friends all express a very warm
interest in you welfare — May God hear the
prayers of your mother for your health
and safety —