Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 14, 1849

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 14, 1849
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1849-03-14

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 14, 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 2015-06-16

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Washington March 14 49
My Dearest Frances, I have resolutely
intended that a day should not pass
without my assuring you of my continuous
affection and my deep interest (deeper
than any other feeling on any subject) in
your happiness. But “the world, this
flesh and the Devil” did prevail
yesterday. I closed my eyes at half
past one having been unable to find
even ten minutes freedom from the
duties and occupations which encom-
passed me on all sides.
It was moreover a day of triumph
which was kept with much spirit by
my friends.
Mr. Fillmore
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08
had made a
point on the appointment of John L. Dix
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of Geneva. an appointment obnoxious to
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all my friends and had refused to
compromise on any respectable person
who had been known as my favorite.
Mr Fillmore had made this a test
question – and it was to decide
whether I should ^be^ Senator or he. the
Administration wearied with the matter
and disgusted with his pretenses, took
it into their own hands and appointed
the candidate most preferred by me
and this restored me at once to
my rights and joint considerations.
He came here asking ^many^ offices for
his friends to which they had no
pretensions except the advantage of
his influence and their zealous and
malignant hostility to me.
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Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
has come to Baltimore
and Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
has gone there to
meet him. I hope he will come
up to the Capital. He
is now understood and would
be welcomed here.
He has sent me a repetition
of the whole story of Mr Fillmore
about a bargain which he
related to the Secretary of the
Treasury
Birth: 1799-06-08 Death: 1873-08-17
. I shall take care that
he is disabused.
We shall adjourn this week
or next Monday. I am faithfully
Your own
Henry
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Henry March 14
1849