Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 10, 1849

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 10, 1849
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Date:1849-03-10

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 10, 1849

action: sent

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

location: Washington D.C., US

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: ekk 

revision: crb 2016-05-27

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Washington Saturday night
March 10th 1849
My Dearest Frances
The Senate yesterday adjourned over until Monday
and I reckoned upon a day of rest to be employed in arranging my
correspondence and thus reducing the chaos of a weeks accumulation
to order. But it has been the least satisfactory in its results of the
whole period of days I have spent here. I abandon it for a sat-
urday nights repose and a Sunday’s oblivion of cares.
The crowd is rapidly dispersing. I have emerged from my
7 by 10 bed room into a spacious parlor. Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
is
arranging my letters and I hope next week to act with some kind
of system.
Mr Fillmore
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08
is placed here by the Whig party of the nation to super-
vise my administration of the affairs of the Whig party in New York.
I have attempted to agree with him, but he agrees on nothing that
does not profer one of his small band to a place due to the
Whigs of the state who have stood by me. I have about concluded
to terminate this arrangement and to stand by my friends and
the Whig party and trust the conclusion to bold and independent
conduct.
A week or two more would bring matters to the proper conclu-
sion on that subject. But whether to let friends and great public
interest be sacrificed in the meantime is the question.
Last night I visited Mrs Marcy
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who had a very
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small party which crowded her home almost to suffocation.
She deplores leaving Washington and submits with no good grace
to the position that gives to the victor the spoil which afford
so much pleasure to herself in the effort. the lions of the
metropolis were there, but you know them all by my description
already. The old Congress are nearly gone – and Washington
will soon be as dull as a country village.
I had a pleasant visit last night to General Taylor
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
who
I find all alive and very social.
It is more certain that the Senate
will adjourn next week and thus the week after will return
me to my own home. I hope that I may find you restored to
health and cheerfulness.
Ever your own Henry.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Henry March 10h
1849