Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 20, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 20, 1848
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1848-10-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 20, 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: tap 

revision: crb 2018-07-18

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Friday morning Oct 20th
My dear Henry,
This is our 24th
wedding day and I have left
my work all unfinished to remind
you that it is so – Though the
years that have past have had
alterations of shades and sunshine,
in the retrospect the sunshine
predominates, and I feel that
I have while yielding to the
despondency attendant upon
continuous illness overlooked
many blessings, and I fear
been sadly wanting in gratitude
to our Heavenly Father – If "Hope
is the source of youth" we have
have enough left yet, for our
children
x Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 
at least, to prevent the
too rapid advance of Age –

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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F A Seward
Oct 21, 1848

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I went to Mrs Porters
Birth: 1826-02
wedding
party Wednesday evening in
the midst of the rain –
Charles
Birth: 1826-01-18 Death: 1910-08-28
was married to Miss
Morgan in the morning – All
the family
x Birth: 1839-05-10  Death: 1849-04-10  Birth: 1828-06-01  Death: 1910-05-05  Birth: 1790-10-24  Death: 1874-02-03  Birth: 1800-04-12  Death: 1886-03-29 
went to the wedding
They had a very unpleasant
day – a large party in the
evening – I went alone as Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

was not well and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

did not wish to go – I was
introduced to Lieutenant Palmer
Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18

who has a sister
Birth: 1809-02-02 Death: 1879-11-06Certainty: Probable
in the city
He graduated at West Point
a year before Augustus – Was
wounded in battle at the taking
of the City of Mexico – He
says is it not customary customary
for officers to have a furlough
until they have served two
years – this being the first
he has had – From some observations
he made I infer that the
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interference of friends in procuring a
furlough before that time, is con-
sidered unwarrantable – If this
suggestion is made to Augustus he
will not avail himself of a
leave so obtained – should it be
granted – perhaps it is better
that it should not be – His
coming home would give me
no pleasure while it occasioned
him uneasiness or embarrassment –
I have written to him at Ft Smith
telling him to do what he thinks
right without any reference to my
feelings – The Courier says
the 5th Regiment embarked at New
Orleans
for the Mouth of the
Arkansas the 8th of Oct
Clarence wishes to know what
answer he is to give Mr Sealey
Unknown

about your going to St Lawrence –
I enclose a letter which seems
to be urgint – Yesterday I
Mary Osborne
Birth: 1786-09-11 Death: 1858-02-17
came and spent the
day with me – Mrs Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09Certainty: Probable
a
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and Clara this afternoon – We had
a nice visit altogether –
Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
writes that Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
is some
better – The
Unknown have
completed their work and gone –
The doors cannot be hung until
the walls are partly dried
I hope we shall have some
sunshine to enable the
Unknown
to wash the windows – it is
cold and overcast for the
last three days with some
rain – no work in the garden
at present – The little folks
are well N B Clarence has
shaved off his whiskers in con-
sequence he looks as though he
had had a fit of sickness –
ever your own
Frances
Mr Sealey has been here to day
to ascertain whether you will
go to St Lawrence