Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 8, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 8, 1849
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1849-07-08

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, July 8, 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 2018-11-02

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Auburn July 8th /49
My dear Son,
I have your letter dated the
8th of June – You seem to have received
the letter I wrote from Washington previous
to one which I wrote from here three
weeks b before about the middle of
April – but I suppose you have that
too before this time with some others –
I mentioned in that the death of Col.
Richardson
Birth: 1780-12-19 Death: 1849-04-14
Lewis
Birth: 1819 Death: 1897-03-21
has taken Mr Bemis
Birth: 1805-01-09 Death: 1878-07-11

into partnership with him – he is very
steady and I should think doing well
but his mother
Birth: 1788 Death: 1878-07-02
and sisters
x Birth: 1822  Death: 1897-08-22  Birth: 1826  Death: 1855-09-03 
are entirely de-
pendent upon him – Nothing has yet
been heard from De Witt
Birth: 1824 Death: 1882-11-05
and George
Birth: 1825-07-07 Death: 1919-06-25

who sailed for California in the
Minerva – I think the route around
Cape Horn seems upon the whole to be
the most sure – Those who cross the
Isthmus are detained a long time waiting
for vessels and the overland route
is unsafe both from the indians and
Cholera – many have died and
many been killed by Indians –
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Nothing has been heard from the Auburn
company since they left Independence
You say nothing of the Cholera
having reached you so I will hope
it has not – It is increasing in all
our large towns – too much caution
cannot be used in eating fruit and
green vegetables – and many might be
saved did they not neglect the disease
in the incipient stages – when it is thought
to be only diarrhea –
Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
is still in Court at Canandaigua
as soon as he gets through we are
going to Florida to see Grandpa Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24

perhaps this week – I shall stay a week
but your Father cannot stay so long
having an engagement at Philadelphia
Frances Worden
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
will go with us –
She is not quite as well as she was
a month ago –
The 4th of July was so quiet here
that Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
went to Canandaigua for
amusement – he came home last
night bringing with him Charly Seymour
Birth: 1839

a little boy of his own age – He
is to go back again and stay with
his Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
while we are absent –
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
will go with me – She is not well yet –
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Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1801 Death: 1860-08-06
who is here from Chicago says
Fanny is no larger than when we were there
she is much taller but not so fat –
Lockwood Brown
Birth: 1825-08-23 Death: 1912-12-13
came with his Aunt
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Either Martha M. Burnap
Birth: 1800-03-28 Death: 1865-02-01
, Margaret Seward Slayback
Birth: 1798-03-27 Death: 1877-06-15
or Mary W. Seward
Birth: 1796-08-17 Death: 1852-11-11
– has gone
to New York
I wish you could see our garden
at this season it is very full of roses —
we have made some improvements in
the house and grounds which you
will be pleased to see when you
come home – When will that be? –
Is Capt Marcy
Birth: 1812-04-09 Death: 1887-11-22
of the 5th who is on
an exploring expedition the Capt Marcy
of your Regiment who is stationed
at Ft Towson? – – I have had
the tooth ache for a week past
past and am not well to day which
must apologize for a dull letter –
Dieu vous garde –
Your affectionate
Mother –
Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
& Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
are well –