Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 2, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 2, 1848
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1848-07-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 2, 1848

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: Pass Christian, Mississippi

transcription: srr 

revision: tap 2018-07-24

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Auburn July 2d
My dear son,
Two weeks ago I wrote
you a letter which I directed to
Vera Cruz feeling that it was al-
together uncertain whether it ever
reached you – The last letter
I received from you was dated
the 21st of May – before the ratifica-
tion of the Treaty had been acted
upon by the Mexican Senate –
I was made very happy by the
intelligence of the confirmation of
the Treaty – My gratitude for
your preservation so far/ preservation
from the horrors of a battle, as
well as that of your own safety
prevented my indulging the fears
for which the further danger
to which you may be exposed
naturally called further – I hoped

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Cousin Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
is not well – she talks of
going east with your father in a week
or two —
Page 2

to be able to persuade you to leave
your fearful profession before
you were called upon to shed
the blood of a fellow being –
I know how differently you may
think and feel from myself
and trust that you will with-
out reserve let me know
your intentions and motives –
I hoped by this time to have
heard something directly from
yourself though the uncertainty
in the conveyance of letters may
have retarded that which I
know you have written if you
are well – which God grant
you may be – Exposed as
you are to disease at this
unfavourable season of the year
I sometimes think it presumptuous
to hope you will escape while
so many are falling around
you – I must rely on the mercy
of Him who has hitherto shielded
you from harm —
Page 3

The destination of the 5th Infantry
is officially announced to be at
Pass Christian Miss – where
I shall direct this letter
though in all probability
it will reach its destination
some time in advance of your
regiment — Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

saw Maj. or Col. Kinsley
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
in
New York and heard from
him a flattering account of
you – about whom he said he
had taken pains to make
many enquiries — We are all
well at present – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
has recov-
ered from a slight attack of
erysipelas – and another scarlet
fever — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is in Canandaigua
on a visit to his Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

your father has only been at
home Sunday; for the last
three or four weeks being con-
tinualy occupied with courts
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The last two weeks he has been at
Canandaigua and Rochester
He returns there again tomorrow
where I shall join him in a few
days and go with him to
Batavia to see Mrs Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1863-06-22

I wrote in my other letter that
Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
was married to a Miss
Love
Birth: 1827 Death: 1915-10-08
of Buffalo – you will
find this letter pretty much
a recapitulation of my last
if it came to your hands –
Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is well – He and Catherine
Miller
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898
have been visiting
together at Syracuse and
Seneca FallsAunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

went with them to the former place –
Aunt Clara is very happy in the
prospect of your leaving Mexico
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
are still at
College – I will write a longer
letter when I am sure where to
find you – Cannot you get leave
of absence to come and make us a
visit — do if possible – A Dieu –
your affectionate
Mother