Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 30, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 30, 1848
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1848-09-30

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 30, 1848

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: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: smc 

revision: jjh 2018-10-09

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Page 1

Saturday night 30th
My dear Henry,
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
has at length
fallen asleep after a day of much
suffering– the pain in his face
is at times very intense– I do
not think he slept 15 minutes
at a time last night–
To day I have been so fortunate
as to find some medicine
which afforded temporary relief–
My own experience with neuralgic
pain has proved to me how hard
it is to bear– he is very weak
after these paroxysms subside
but may be all about again
tomorrow– I receive all your
letters and hear of you fre-
quently by the papers–
Page 2

I have directed one letter to Wash-
ington
which you will receive
after this– The frost
has so maimed the garden
that it is a sad sight– I washed
then all the time the weeping
skies would allow last week–
John is getting better I think will
be able to work next week–
Harris
Unknown
has not yet commenced
the outside of the house– We
have had but one day without
rain since you left– The
Wooden part of the building
is nearly completed– The
girls
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Unknown Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29 
have taken possession of their
rooms– Augustus Miller
Birth: 1779-02-14

came for his sister Clara
Birth: 1827-12-03 Death: 1911-07-07
last
Sunday– They left Tuesday
Monday evening I invited a few
young people
Unknown
to see Clara here–
They seemed quite happy– I should
Page 3

have been more so had they returned
a little before 12 oclock–
I have been reading Mrs Ellets
Birth: 1818-10-18 Death: 1877-06-03

“Women of the Revolution"
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– It makes
one feel that the race has degen-
erated– though similar scenes
might perhaps convert the many
idle, overrefined & useless that
we have now into persons more
respectable and self reliant,
though I sometimes fear the time
has entirely gone by by when it
will be reckoned among a womans
virtues that “She looketh well
to the ways of her household and
toileth diligently with her hands”–
I received the other day a very
nice letter from Caroline Canfield
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28

written remarkably well– If
her health does not suffer I presume
her severe discipline will benefit
her– I shall write to her as
soon as I can find time–
Page 4

You do not yet talk about
coming home– You have been
gone more just half of the
time you proposed– I attended
a party last evening at Mrs
Watrous’
Birth: 1805-01-29 Death: 1860
– All Presbyterians but
myself– I did not leave Willie
until nearly 9 oclock– it was
social and pleasant– without
dancing or Whist– You have
numerous letters requiring you
to speak at different places
and requesting you to appoint
the time– I suppose they will
ascertain that you are not at
home by and by from the papers–
Willie and Fanny send love
Ever your own
Frances–
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F.A.S. 185
1848