Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 9, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 9, 1848
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1848-11-09

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 9, 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 2018-07-19

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Editorial Note

Frances Adeline Miller Seward dates this letter as "Thursday November 7th, 1848." But, November 7 in 1848 was a Tuesday. Therefore, this letter was probably written on November 9, 1848. In addition, the archivist has marked this letter as being November 10, 1848, likely based on the endorsement of "Nov 10, 1848" on the first page. November 10, however, was the day the letter was received, not the day it was written.

Thursday Nov 7th 48
My dear Henry,
I received your
first letter from Washington
last evening at the same
time one from Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

They
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
reached Flatbush in
safety Saturday last –
Found much difficulty in
getting any lodgings at all
and are now poorly accom-
modated – The Dr
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-07-05
pronounces
Frances disease curable, though
the physicians had failed
to discover its true character
They do not yet know how
long they will be detained
there – Lazette is pleased

[top Margin] F.A. Seward
Nov 10, 1848

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with Dr Vanderver and gives
some reasons which account
for the marvellous stories
I have heard – He has
600 patients from all
parts of the world –
We are all beginning
to feel that you have been
a long time away – Mr
Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
thinks you may
be detained a month
longer – A letter, or an
extract, appeared in the
Atlas a few days ago
professing to be from one
of your letters written
to some one
Unknown
at the West
on the subject of U. S. S –
Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
I see contradicts it
which I believe he may
do safely as it is so little
like you that I should not
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hesitate to do so myself –
I shall be glad when that
question is settled – There
are many letters to you
from friends
Unknown
on the same
subject which I suppose you
will not see until you
come – You and Lazette
speak of pleasant weather,
sunny skies – We see
nothing of the kind here –
It has rained, snowed, &
hailed – dark short days –
and dark long nights –
December is verily the
most unattractive of the
12 sisters – All are well –
your own
Frances
I have a letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

dated Nov 9th – FtTowson
They were a month
making the journey
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nearly the whole of it by
land on foot – Instead
of ascending the Arkansas
they went up the White
River to Rock Roe there
across (5 days march) to
Little Rock – From there
a march of 15 days
to Ft Towson – where they
are in the midst of the
Choctaws – Augustus is
well and cheerful –
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
thinks it would
be pleasant to go to Calfornia
and get gold – indeed
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
thinks he is quite
large enough for an
expedition of that kind