Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 7, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 7, 1848
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Date:1848-04-07

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 7, 1848

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

location: Albany, NY

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Mexico City, Mexico

transcription: sts 

revision: tap 2018-07-24

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Albany April 7th 1848
My dear Augustus,
I have to acknowledge the reception
of ten letters from you – I have much cause
for thankfulness for your continued safety –
Though I hardly dare anticipate a ratification
of the treaty yet the hope that it may be
consummated makes me cheerful – I am
quite sensible of your kindness in writing
you can hardly conceive what a comfort
it has been to me or how many hours
of despondency your letters have spared
me – I received the last letter from
Toluca the day before I came here
(last Saturday) — The first letter from
Toluca I have received since I have been
here – The same mail brings the news
of the adjustment of the difficulties between
our Generals which rejoices me greatly.
Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
came here for the purpose of deliv-
ering an Eulogy on the character of John
Quincy Adams
Birth: 1767-07-11 Death: 1848-02-23
– I came with him
and brought the children
x Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
awaited
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us here has vacation commencing at this
time – We have been here nearly a week
The Eulogy was pronounced last evening
in the North Dutch Church to a large
assembly – in the midst of the delivery
a fire broke out in the building very near
the Church which of course must have
produced much alarm particularly among
the women — however they behaved in
a very commendable manner a good
proportion retaining their places –
I wish I could send you a copy of the
Eulogy with any probability of its
reaching you but I suppose that is hardly
possible – Should you be detained in Mexico
much longer let me know if I can send
you any thing of the kind – My apprehension
of the sickly season is daily increasing – should
the peace be ratified it will be impossible
to withdraw all the troops immediately so I
suppose it is the part of wisdom to remember
that you may not be among the first –
Your own good judgement will suggest the
necessity of being very cautious about
your food and drink – I presume
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indiscretion in these particulars is the cause
of much sickness – Do not fail to read
your Bible habitually – you can find no
other guide for your conduct or good,
no comfort for seasons of affliction like
that contained in God’s Book — Every principle
and every consolating reflection which you
commit to memory now, will return to
bless you in after life — Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
has
some thoughts about being baptized and uniting
with our Church—how much happiness it
would give me could you and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

join her in this fulfilling the commands
of your Heavenly Father —
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
I suppose is at home – he was to come
the day after we left so that Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
was
not alone — He has been very well all Winter
Aunt Clara is well – her boarders
Unknown
continue
with her – they are to leave some time this
Spring – The very day I sent my last letter
your Aunty sent the letter which I enclose with
this – as we were at a loss where to direct
our letters she sent Frances’
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
to be enclosed in
mine – it has been detained much longer than
I intended – About that time both Willie and
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Fanny had the measles – then I was sick a week
myself previous to coming here – all of which
prevented my writing – Old Mrs Fosgate
 Death: 1848-03-10

died about three weeks ago – she had become
hopelessly deranged indeed almost an idiot —
Her death under these circumstances was a relief
to her friends – It is painful to see our old friends
thus dropping off around us – Mrs Birdsall
Birth: 1802
hastened
home from the funeral of her mother to the
bedside of a sick child
Unknown
whom I fear is not
now living — The scarle scarlet fever has
been prevalent and fatal in Auburn
You probably have not heard that Auburn has become
a city – it has received a charter this Winter
Mr Dennis
Birth: 1806 Death: 1866-05-31
is elected the first Mayor —
Frederick answered your letter immediately
you have his letter before this time – I was glad
to see you had lost none of mine up to Christmas –
Numberless enquiries are made about you —
Mr Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
insisted upon carrying off your letter
which he thought very excellent — I must
get it before I go for Aunt Clara—Your father
and Fred go from here to Florida — I return
home tomorrow with the children — All join in
kind remembrances to you — May God bless and
preserve you — Your affectionate Mother –
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Lieutenant Augustus H. Seward
5th Infantry U.S.A —
City of Mexico
ALBANY N.Y.
APL 7
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