Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 4, 1847

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 4, 1847
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Date:1847-12-04

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 4, 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: Albany, NY

transcription: msr 

revision: crb 2018-07-17

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Saturday N Dec 4th
My dearest Henry,
I received your letter yesterday
from Fort Plain — I sincerely commiserate your
misfortune in being left by the cars —
Touching the matter of the furnace — though I
am fully sensible that ours will not answer the
purpose I cannot make up my mind to
replace it with one for coal — I have always
suffered so much from the heat of coal
that I cannot feel willing to have the house
heated in that manner — I presume Judge Nelson
Birth: 1792-11-10 Death: 1873-12-13

was like ourselves unfortunate in getting a
badly constructed furnace but that is no
proof that all wood furnaces are of that kind.
Mr Sherwood
Birth: 1789-10-12 Death: 1869-04-17Certainty: Probable
has used his three winters
and still prefers it to any other manner of
heating the house — Henry Morgan
Birth: 1810-08-22 Death: 1887-01-30
has one
which has never given them any trouble
Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
is eloquent in prase of hers
which has been used 3 or four years —
Mr Parsons
Unknown
has one of Harveys
Unknown
— shall we
not wait and see how theirs succeeds
this winter — Every body in the city will
tell you that coal is the thing because they
have always burned coal in grates or
stoves and know little about wood

[left Margin] Frances A. Seward
Dec 4. 1847

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you will recollect that Mrs Doane’s
Birth: 1806-03-31 Death: 1887-06-28Certainty: Possible
house
in Albany was set on fire by a coal
furnace — Such accidents will always
occur — many houses are fired by
stoves improperly put up and managed —
Mr Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
was here yesterday – Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04

returned from Albany Syracuse Wednesday
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
was quite ill yesterday — I was
very much alarmed about her as she had
fallen the day previous and hurt her
head of which she chiefly complained —
though her stomach was also deranged —
I suffered gratly with apprehension until
the Dr
Unknown
came and assured me that
the pain in her head was sympathetic –
confined to one side of her head because
it had been bruised the day previous but
still occasioned by the derangement of her
stomach for which he h administered remedies
— she was soon relieved and in the evening
insisted upon getting up and being dressed —
is well again to day — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
continues to
suffer with neuralgia pains – but I think
they are decreasing — The unpropitious weather
keeps us all at home — I have read Albert
Gallatin’s
Birth: 1761-01-29 Death: 1849-08-12
letter
Author: Albert Gallatin Publisher: Bartlett & Welford Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1847
on the war to day — whatever
influence it may have I think the morality
inculcated is unexceptionable – Love to
Harriet Weed
Birth: 1819-02-06 Death: 1893-11-01
— ever your own
Frances