Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 6, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 6, 1848
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1848-06-06

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 6, 1848

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

location:
Unknown

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

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: srr 

revision: tap 2018-07-24

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Tuesday June, 5th
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Editorial Note

In 1848, June 5 was a Monday, so we date this letter June 6
1848
My dear Henry,
I hoped this morning to hear something
from you and learn the probability of a letter reaching
you – as none came I will write on the possibility –
The morning after you left I received 2 letters from
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
– one had been delayed a month so though
written at a months interval that both came at
one time – The first was dated the 2d of April the
other the 1st of May – He had just returned from
an excursion to [ Popocatopel ]
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Alternate Text: Popocatéptl
the once famous Volcano
It is 30 miles from Mexico – It was a pleasure
excursion which he seems to have enjoyed very much.
The news of the Ratification of the Treaty filled my
heart with gratitude to Him who has preserved
our boy in his dangerous career — As the army
is to be withdrawn from that part of Mexico immediately
I suppose it is useless for me to direct another letter
there – There is a rumor of Worths
Birth: 1794-03-01 Death: 1849-05-07
division being
ordered to California – is the 5th Regiment in North's
division – I fear it is — Poor Mrs Beebe
Unknown
has lost her
husband
Birth: 1805 Death: 1848-05-16Certainty: Probable
– he died with yellow fever at Vera Cruz
As they were expecting her when we were at Cooperstown
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she may have left before his death – And the bright
eyed little girl
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I saw with Mrs Morehouse
Birth: 1798 Death: 1870
was at
that time fatherless – How little we dream of
the the writing on the next page of the book of our
destiny — "Heaven from all creatures bides the book of fate
All but the page prescribed our present state
On who could suffer being here below"
Who indeed among the mightiest spirits would not be
crushed by the knowlede of all they may be called
upon to endure during the earthly sojourn —
We have had alternation of clouds and sunshine the former
however prevailing — it is cold to day — I went out yesterday
evening to spend half an hour at work in the garden
when Mrs Conkling
Birth: 1791 Death: 1851-04-14
called – she was unusually agreeable –
One if the buds inserted by Ward Thomas
Unknown
has a beautiful
double yellow rose – the petunia you brought is in
flower variegated and very pretty – one of my little
monthly roses is borne down with the weight of three
large blossoms — the yellow and white roses are opening
I hope you will be home in time to see them –
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is not well to day – a cold and derangement of
the stomach – she often wishes her father would come
home – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is largely occupied in the cabinet
making business at present – Mrs Doane
Birth: 1806-03-31 Death: 1887-06-28
does
not come I am looking for her every day — I am anxious
to hear from your father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
— ever your own
Frances—

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Love to all (brothers
x Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07  Birth: 1799-07-02  Death: 1872-04-25  Birth: 1793-08-23  Death: 1841-02-24 
) sister
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
and cousins
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I wrote Sunday to Polydor —
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F.A. Seward
1848