Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 11, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 11, 1849
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1849-06-11

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 11, 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 2018-11-01

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Auburn June 11th 49 –
My dear Son,
I received your letter dated the
9th of May in 19 days which is a shorter
time than any yet have come – I watch
the papers anxiously to learn if the Cholera
has yet visited your post – It is increasing
in N. York and every day there are two
or three fatal cases in Albany – Your
father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
came from Albany for a visit of
one day, Sunday, returned yesterday
morning for another week – No Cholera
at Schenectady yet – How I will wish
you could all be at home – Our family
are well – Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has been sick for
a few days but is better – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
has
gone to Dundee a place on the Seneca
Lake, to meet his brother Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
and
family
x Birth: 1848-08-28  Death: 1928-08-19  Birth: 1846  Death: 1910-06-09  Birth: 1817  Death: 1883-04-17 
who are there for a visit – He
will be absent all the week – So that
I am alone with Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
and the
children – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
studies now every
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day three hours without materially affecting
his eyes – his mind however is more
on ponies than books –
Grandpa and I attended a wedding
Thursday morning – a daughter
Birth: 1827-07-27 Death: 1906-12-19
of Sherman
Beardsley
Birth: 1785 Death: 1862-04-30
was married to Mr Sartwell
Birth: 1820-12-20 Death: 1881-11-05

a Merchant in the Village – It all
passed off as usual – the married couple
went away in the cars – The entertainment
coffee, sandwiches cake & ice cream –
Dr. Lathrop
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-08-20
performed the ceremony – I
came away leaving Grandpa there – I believe
I was the first to leave –
I saw Lewis Richardson
Birth: 1819 Death: 1897-03-21
yesterday – He has heard
nothing from his brothers
x Birth: 1825-07-07  Death: 1919-06-25  Birth: 1824  Death: 1882-11-05 
yet – they went
round Cape Horn in the Brig “Minerva” –
Many of the emigrants who went over
land have died of Cholera – some are
returning discouraged – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

is well – her boarder Mrs. Perry
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
has
another daughter
Birth: 1849-06 Death: 1850-03-15
Mr Perry
Birth: 1807 Death: 1875
when last
heard from was at Panama
Your Father sent you the “Life of John
Quincy Adams”
Author: William H. Seward Publisher: Derby, Miller and Company Place of Publication:Auburn, NY Date: 1849
last week I hope it will
reach you – I have been very busy
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cleaning house since I came home – When
I get through I am going to Canandaigua
for a day or two – Mary Seward
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
writes
that her sister Frances
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06
expects to return
with me when I come to Florida
I promised her mother
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14
many years ago
that I would take Frances in ^the event^ case of
her death – Next Winter when I go
to Washington Aunt Clara will come
here and keep house for Grandpa Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

and Clarence. I have been reading
a work on Cholera
Author: B. F. Joslin Publisher: William Radde Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1849
which give many
useful hints – Among the predisposing
causes – are cold baths – fatigue – fasting
entire abstinence from animal food – indigestible
food or excessive in quantity – any thing
that depresses the temperature of the
system as well as all stimulants–
In case of an attack – take a drop of camphor
in sugar and water – repeat every 5 minutes
until relieved or until medical advice
can be obtained – I send you the homeopathic
preventives to be taken once or twice a
week an hour before eating – A does dose
of the Cuprum as much as will lie upon
a half dime – A dose of Veratrum 3 globules
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Take the Cuprum first – then in four or five
days the Veratrum – Do not increase
the quantity as it might predispose to the
disese disease – All send love
May God preserve you –
Your affectionate
Mother
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
William H. Seward
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Lieutenant A. H. Seward
5th Infantry U.S. Army
Ft Towson
Choctaw Nation
Arkansas –
AUBURN N.Y.
JUN 13
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