Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 24, 1849

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 24, 1849
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Date:1849-03-24

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, March 24, 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: keh 

revision: crb 2016-05-17

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Page 1

Saturday night
March 24, 1849.
My Dearest Frances,
I have just received
from New York the second letter you
addressed to me at the Astor. It gave
the vyvery pleasing intelligence that our
daughter
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
was convalescent. I can well
understand the sincerity of her wish that
her Father would come home – and I
do not need that urgency to hurry me
there – I am trying to get my business out
of the way which is yet a mountain
although I can see that it grows
smaller.
I have dined today with Mr
Bodisco
Birth: 1786-10-30 Death: 1854-01-23
. It was a great diplomatic affair.
The party consisted of 36 guests – the
whole cabinet, a large portion of the
diplomatic corps and the residue was
made up of distinguished Senators.
Page 2

Mrs Bodisco
Birth: 1824 Death: 1890-06-20
was very splendidly
dressed – but she is quite meek.
She had on one side the Secretary of
State on the other the Secretary of the
Interior, Mr Clayton
Birth: 1796-07-24 Death: 1856-11-09
and Mr Ewing
Birth: 1789-12-28 Death: 1871-10-26
.
All three had a dull time. I
was placed between the Mexican
Minister Mr Rosas
Birth: 1804-05-23 Death: 1856-09-02
and the Austrian
Plenipotentiary Mr Hulsemann
 Death: 1864-05-30
. The
former is a man of talents, the latter
agreeable – Col Benton
Birth: 1782-03-14 Death: 1858-04-10
was my interpreter
to Rosas, and Hulsemann my interpreter
to the young secretary
Unknown
of the Spanish
mission. I enjoyed it exceedingly.
The entertainment was magnificent – in
the French manner – and I wished much
that you could have seen it to have
got an idea of foreign state. But there
will be enough of that when you arrive
Page 3

Mr Webster
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24
and I rode together. We
fell between the French
Unknown
and the
Columbian
Birth: 1800-10-19 Death: 1872-04-26
Ambassadors.
You must not think my head turned
by the new exhibition of society. It
is fortunate that I am old enough now
to see and learn what is conventional
in society without losing my attachment to
my own country and its institutions
I felt sad for the sake of the
Mexican Minister who represented a
country humiliated and enraged in the
capital of the oppressors. He has
promised to visit me this summer at
Auburn.
Col Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
is sure of a transfer but
I am sure that it hangs upon my power
which happily seems to be becoming
well assured.
Page 4

No one knew to day that the Vice President
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08

was here. An month has kept him
to the level of his place and of himself
Our New York affairs are better under-
stood here than they are even at
Albany.
I shall go home next week as
soon as I can clear off my table.
Adieu until we meet
Ever your own Henry
Henry March 24
1849