Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 28, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 28, 1848
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Date:1848-11-28

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, November 28, 1848

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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: Baltimore, MD

transcription: pxc 

revision: crb 2018-07-19

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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
FA. Seward
Nov 28, 1848.
Tuesday, Nov 27th
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Editorial Note

November 27, 1848 was a Monday, so we have dated it November 28.

My dear Henry,
I am much grieved
that you have been so disappoin-
ted about my letters – When
you left home you thought
you would be absent but
one week – As soon as I
heard that your stay would
be prolonged beyond that
time I wrote directing
my letter to the Astor house
Since then I have not
written as your letters
indicated the belief that
you might be home
before a letter could
reach you –
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This morning I have your
letter of Friday in which
you say you will probably
go to Washington before you
come home – I am very
sorry for many reasons
that the uncertainty of your
stay in one place makes
any communication from
me to you so uncertain –
as it is, I lose much of
your sympathy and advice.
We are all well and had
just put the house in tolerable
order when Mr Mc Gregor
came and every thing is
again reduced to a state
of chaos – which just now
seems hopeless –
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
has been so ill that
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Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
was unable to leave
home last week – I expect
them here to day – have
been putting up a stove in
their room to try to make
so much of the house
comfortable – I am really
alarmed about Frances
she is evidently getting
worse – The moment they
reach here and I can
ascertain their arrangements
I will write to you –
I believe they will stay
here one or two days
and then proceed immedi
ately to Flatbush – As far
as I have been able to
ascertain they go without
any escort – I wish it
could be otherwise – I do
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hope you will try to see them
before you come home –
Should they leave home to day
they will probably be at
Flatbush the last of this
say the 2nd of Dec –
The children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 
and Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

are well – Fred devotes
himself with commendable
assiduity to the entertain-
ment of his Grandfather –
The town was illuminated
the Taylor
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
part of it
Friday evening – The
effect was very beautiful –
No news from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

yet – ever your own
Frances