Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 22, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 22, 1848
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1848-10-22

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, October 22, 1848

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

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

location: Unknown
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revision: crb 2018-07-18

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Sunday Oct 22d
My dear Henry,
I sent you a
message by Telegraph yesterday
announcing the death of our
sister Tempe
Birth: 1812-09-30 Death: 1848-10-18
– It is a most
grievous calamity for George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07

and his family
x Birth: 1804-09-22  Death: 1860-07-07  Birth: 1840-11-08  Death: 1910-11-28  Birth: 1838-04-16  Death: 1916-02-22  Birth: 1835-01-09  Death: 1926  Birth: 1833-06-08  Death: 1891-06-12 
Polydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25

wrote to me from N. York
communicating this event –
Tempe had been failing since
my last letter from George
was written – I wished that
you could attend the funeral
and yet I did not see
how it was possible for you
to leave your business –
Polydore writes that his family
x Birth: 1845-08-22  Death: 1925-10-01  Birth: 1844-01-19  Death: 1894-03-04  Birth: 1842  Death: 1908  Birth: 1836-02-16  Death: 1910-02-06  Birth: 1833  Death: 1892  Birth: 1828  Death: 1905 

are all sick – the children

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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F.A. Seward
Oct 22. 1848.

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with whooping cough and
Mary from fatigue in
attending on her Aunt –
Mary wrote to me a day
or two previous to her Aunt
Tempe's death – It is melancholy
to think of those three young
girls all left without the
guidance and sympathy of
a mother with the care
of the younger children
devolving upon them – I
believe I ought to go to Florida
I know I ought if I can
be of any use – Mary says
her Grandfather
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
has gone to
New York – I infer that he
is better than usual –
I have been to Church this
morning – neither of the little
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ones
x Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 
went with me –
Willie was not very well
and Fanny has a cold
I hope you will be with us
before another Sunday comes
I must write to George to
day – How vain and
impotent are all attempts
to console for such bereave–
ments –
A letter came yesterday
from W. O. Duvall
Birth: 1807 Death: 1882-08-08
Port Byron
with the request to forward it
to you if you were absent –
There seems to be so little that
is important that I do not
send it – The letter commences
by detailing an interview with
Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
– He then adds
"depending upon your assurance
of my getting the money within 6
weeks, I have given Mr Ross
Unknown
a Bank note
of $365 payable in in 63 days from
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the day I saw you" – says Mr
Blatchford had not time to make
out the papers &c &c – all of which
I suppose Mr Blatchford can tell
you himself – There is also
a few lines from Mrs Maury
Birth: 1801-11-01 Death: 1849-09-21

saying her Husband
Birth: 1799-02-05 Death: 1849-10-15
has become
a bankrupt and that her
next Christmas dinner will
be eaten in America – A prospect
which is more pleasing to her
than it is to me – I hope
she will fix her ad abode
at some point as far from
ours as possible – I was very
much in hopes that her husband
would retain sufficient property
to keep them all in England.
Fanny says tell Father I want
him to come home –
ever your own
Frances

[bottom Margin] Did you remember the oil and loaf
sugar – If you have not given
Mrs Van Wie
Birth: 1795 Death: 1878
the money – give her $10 instead
of $5 dollars