Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, January 27, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, January 27, 1849
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1849-01-27

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, January 27, 1849

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: Washington D.C., US

transcription: mmh 

revision: crb 2018-10-20

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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Frances A Seward
Feb 12, 1849
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Saturday Jan 27th
My dear Henry,
I have many kind
letters from you beside that I
received this morning dated
Wednesday – I cannot conceive
why my letters are so much
longer getting to you than
yours to me – your last came
in two days – I should have
written at least three days
ago but have been very
busy preparing for a small
party which the rainy eve-
ning caused to be very
small indeed – I invited
some company Thursday as a
compliment to Mrs Pitneys
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&
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and Mrs Beardsley’s
Birth: 1815-03-06 Death: 1854-07-16
sisters
x Birth: 1811-09-11  Death: 1896-07-28  Birth: 1809-09-13  Death: 1893-01-01 

The preparation occupied two
days and the succeeding
day I was of course sick –
as I ever am when I sit up
two hours after my usual
bed time – Last evening I was
invited to Mrs Blatchfords
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
– did
not go – “Cast thy bread
upon the waters and it shall
return to thee after many days”
People seem to be just awakening
to the consciousness that you
are a benevolent man and
have many estimable qualities
a discovery which I made
at least 25 years ago — The
commendation of your Baltimore
speech in the National Whig
are as warm as they are
well deserved — If Gov Fish
Birth: 1808-08-03 Death: 1893-09-07

has declined the offer made
him he has acted as became
a gentleman and man of honour
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it increases my respect for him
which was not slight before –
I am glad you are indifferent
on the subject you mention –
for the first time, I must
say, that I am not – I can
tell you why some other time –
I have a long letter from Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

written after her return to Flatbush
she speaks of her visit to New
York
as having been very pleasant
I hear nothing from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

We are all going on as when
you left – Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
eats, sleeps
and then Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
drives him
with the pony into the village.
The children are well – Willie
is the whole time and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

a portion of it in the open air –
I invited Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
and Washington
Birth: 1823-03-08 Death: 1902-01-08

to help us eat a turkey the other
day they came and seemed
pleased – Catherine Huson
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898
declines
coming at present – she is soon
to visit her husbands
Birth: 1822 Death: 1861-10-14
family
x Birth: 1801-08-11  Death: 1881-09-17  Birth: 1794  Death: 1869-06-08 

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If you see Mrs Davis
Birth: 1791-02-17 Death: 1872-01-24
again make
my kindest regards to her – I
esteem her highly – There are
two or three letters for you
among others of ^one^ from Archy Kasson
Birth: 1780-03-18 Death: 1854-05-25

desiring your influence in getting
the light house at Chicago
I thought at first I would
send it but I suppose it is
not necessary to do so –
I have been interrupted by a long
call from Mrs Bronson
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so I
must conclude immediately for
the mail — ever your own
Frances