Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 20, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 20, 1849
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Date:1849-01-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 20, 1849

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Fort Towson, OK

transcription: pxc 

revision: crb 2018-10-25

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Auburn Jan 20th 1849
My dear Son,
I am very glad to be once more
assured of your welfare – I have your letter
of the 9th of December – at came 3 days ago –
Do my dear child write as often as once in
three weeks – that is about the time it takes
a letter to reach its destination – Since the
Cholera has been so fatal to your old
regiment, the 8th I have had fears that it might
reach you – Remember that it can only be
arrested in the early stages, and do not
fail to attend to any premonitory symptoms.
I am rejoiced to hear you are in comfortable
quarters – I shall be able to sleep much better
nights myself in consequence – Have you
any ladies at the station —Mrs Pitney’s
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05
sister
Mrs Salisbury
Birth: 1807 Death: 1890-11-27
of Avon says an acquaintance
Unknown

of hers has gone to some station of the 5th
Regiment – I think the name is Robinson –
Whenever you can have access to the society
of well bred women you had better
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improve it – Such intercourse is beneficial
to both parties – I believe my last letter
was written about Christmas – New Years
though a cold day, was fine, the sleighing
good – Our young gentlemen
Unknown
made some
visits at my particular request – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

since his return from Geneva eschews the
company of ladies which is a great change
for him – He thinks visiting would in-
terfere with his studies – I received a
number of calls – Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
myself
and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
each had a very
handsome New Years present from Mrs
Winslow
Birth: 1813-08-20 Death: 1861-12-09
of Troy, who visited us last
Summer – Father’s was a very handsome
dressing case – mine a beautiful breast pin –
Willie’s a complete set of large building
blocks and Fanny’s a tea set of the finest
china – I believe we were all equally
pleased – Your Father returned from
Washington, where he had been seven weeks,
a day or two before New Years – Last
Friday he went there again – Clarence
accompanied him to make a visit
at Orange County – not having
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been there in two years – I heard from them
Monday – they were then at New York
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
were there too on a visit
Frances is still under the Dr’s
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-07-05
care at Flatbush
her health is improving – they will probably
be there some weeks longer – Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16

is in Albany – their house is closed for
the present – Our new Governor Mr
Fish
Birth: 1808-08-03 Death: 1893-09-07
is installed in his new office – I think
he as well as Mrs Fish
Birth: 1816-12-17 Death: 1887-06-30
will be very
popular in Albany – They are both well bred
and pleasing in their manners – I should
like much to witness the Inauguration
of Gen Taylor
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
– but it is a long way
to Washington – your Father wished me to
accompany him this time – but my children
as well as Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
require me here –
Grandpa misses Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
greatly – Fred
was so constantly in his room when
he was at home – reading almost
the whole time – Grandpa’s eye sight
is so much impaired that he can read
very little for himself – Willie is just begin-
ning to read but his eyes are too weak for
him to use them long at a time – his health
is much better this Winter than it was last
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he is out in the snow so much, he reminds me
of the time when you were of his age – comes
in with his ears nearly frozen and his toes frost
bitten – Fanny rides on the hand sleigh every
day – Willie drives Grandpa to and from
the village with John’s pony – Our horses
are not safe for them – Fanny says I must
tell Augustus that his little sister is well and
that her Father brought her a new hat from
New York – She thinks she reads Grandpa to
sleep every day – she is so anxious to learn
to read that she will commence earlier
than I wish – When she hears Willie recite
his lessons she wishes to join in them all –
I heard last week of the death of Lucinda
Cary
Birth: 1823 Death: 1849-01-05
– it is a great affliction for her
Uncle
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
and Aunt
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1863-06-22
– She was very kind
and attentive to them last Summer when I
was there – I am often asked if you are not
very near California and do not wish to go
there – my answers to both questions are in the
negative – A large company has gone from
Albany including two nephews
xtwo nephews
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Unknown

Unknown
of the Secretary
of War
Birth: 1786-12-12 Death: 1857-07-04
– I expect your Father and Clarence
home in about two weeks – Fred writes that
it is very cold at Schenectady – it has been here
since Christmas – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well and sends
love – Dieu vous garde – your affectionate
Mother
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Lieutenant A. H. Seward
Fifth Infantry U.S. Army
Fort Towson
Choctaw Nation
AUBURN N.Y.
JAN 20
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