Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 23, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 23, 1849
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Date:1849-09-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, September 23, 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: Unknown
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transcription: pag 

revision: tap 2018-11-02

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Auburn Sep 23d- 49
My dear Augustus,
I have this morning your letter
of the 2 1st of Sep – I am glad you have at
length received some of my letters – I have
been home from Florida one week which has
been chiefly occupied in entertaining Col. Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07

and his family
x Birth: 1830-12-14  Death: 1918-12-04  Birth: 1827-11-30  Death: 1896-10-03  Birth: 1833-11-10  Death: 1876-12-03  Birth: 1835-02-15  Death: 1911-02-12 
– two daughters and two sons
the latter with the Col. slept at the Hotel but
spent their days here – Walty and Andy the
two fat little boys of former times have grown
to stout young gentlemen of 15 and 17 –
Walty enters Geneva College next week – Andy
will go to West Point as soon as he is old
enough – he already sports a tight coat with
Military buttons – They are both nice boys –
I love all the children for their Mother’s
 Death: 1848-07-01
sake
The Col. has reter rented his fine place on the
Hudson river with expectation of having a foreign
mission – He wished that of Holland – then
Spain – none is now vacant but Russia
which I hope he may get but fear he may
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not – He has always been a warm supporter of Gen
Taylor
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
– will be a bitter opponent if he fails –
The two factions of the Democratic party have
at length united upon candidates for the
ensuing election – the Barnburners have done this
by sacrificing their pretended Free Soil principles –
They never were (that is the majority of them)
sincerely opposed to Slavery – That great principle
is again left to the support of the Whigs with
whom it emenated – The Whig State Ticket
will not vary materially from its present form –
the present occupants
x Birth: 1805-01-18  Death: 1857-12-21  Birth: 1800-11-20  Death: 1866-10-16  Birth: 1799-11-11  Death: 1879-10-15  Birth: 1808-08-03  Death: 1893-09-07 
will probably be renominated –
Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
are still at Florida
seeing no end to labour – He comes home for a
visit next week – He writes “Before I leave I shall
take into my own hands all the real estate
stock it with cattle and implements to make
it as productive as possible, at the common ex-
pense and for the common benefit of all the
parties interested. George M. Grier
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20
will assist
me – While this is the present arrangement we
shall make sales of the real estate whenever
a good opportunity offers – I shall be at home
a week from Saturday night leaving Frederick
a week longer to close up the vendue which is
postponed a week” –
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Your Father also writes that the shares of which
I have spoken in a previous letter will amount
to about $12,000 each – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is not well
pleased that you and our other children
x Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29 
were
not made direct heirs – The reason is too obvious
to require explanation – Your Father is the only
one of the children
x Birth: 1799-07-02  Death: 1872-04-25  Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07 
who is competent to take
care of an estate – The property of Uncle George
and Polydore as well as that of their respective
families is left in trust – they could not keep
it a year – You know how cheerfully your
father will divide with his children and how
invaluable will be his advice and assistance –
the $10,000 given to me was to make more equal
the division among the sons – George and Polydore
each having six ^shares^ including those of their families
while your father has but five – I suggested
to you last week in my letter – that you could
be useful to your father particularly if he took
the management of the real estate, which he
has done – Unless you have made up your
mind always to remain in the Army (which
I pray may not be the case) now is the time
to leave – I hope my dear child you will not
think me importunate – I believe I consult your
own interest as well as happiness in the advice
I give
Page 4

When Mr. Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
found that Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
was going
to Cambridge and that Frederick would perhaps
be a part of the time in Washington as a clerk
for your father he determined to take another partner
Mr. Griswold
Birth: 1823-09-05 Death: 1886-06-01
– this would exclude both Clarence
and Fred from the firm when they should have
completed their studies – In pursuance of
your father’s advice Clarence has concluded
to give up the Law school and remain in
the office – it is a great disappointment but
the advantage is so obvious that he does not
hesitate – Grandpa Miller
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
refuses to accompany
us to Washington – Aunt Clara says she will
come and stay with him – Caroline Canfield
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28

goes with us to Washington to attend school –
Frances Seward
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06
I think we shall send to Troy
for the winter – Uncle George’s daughter Sarah
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12

will I think go with her – Mary Seward
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905

is to be married soon and declines going –
Uncle Polydore has gone to New York to consult
a physician being seriously ill – Your Father
does not write what is to be done with the
old homestead – Uncle George comes home with
Fred for a visit – Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is still here
but very unwell – If she gets no better Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

will not be able to go with me to Washington
Willie and Fanny are well – All send love
God help you my dear child
Your affectionate –
Mother