Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 2, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 2, 1849
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Date:1849-12-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 2, 1849

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Fort Towson, OK

transcription: pag 

revision: tap 2018-11-12

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My dear son,
We are finally at Washington in
our own house but without furniture – We
left home the 20th of Nov – stopped one
day at Albany two three days in New York
2 in Philadelphia – Our party consisted of
your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
, myself, Frances Worden
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
, Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
and Dennis
Birth: 1827
– Frances remains in
Philadelphia with her friend Mrs Mott
Birth: 1825-08-26 Death: 1872-07-03Certainty: Probable

until we can make the house here comfortable.
We were two days at the hotel though
Abbey Dennis’ and Mary Coe
Birth: 1819-11-24 Death: 1855
(who is our cook
came with us from New York) came to the
house the day after our arrival – Our
furniture which left New York the 15th
does not come yet so we are living
without any with two chairs a table
and half a dozen plates – I think
you would laugh to see the incongruity
of our housekeeping with four servants
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and nothing to make them or ourselves
comfortable – We have a coloured waiter
Unknown

or stewart as they are called here
and tomorrow I expect the 5th in the form
of a coloured chambermaid
Unknown
– Dennis is
only a “temporary” when we get settled he
returns to Auburn - Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and
Caroline Canfield
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
come when he goes back –
Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
will probably come down with
John
Unknown
in about a month – Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

remains with him that time – Should
anything prevent his coming Aunt Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

will stay with him until I go home in
April – It is a cold day and the
ground is covered with snow so that we
are not now able to realise that the
climate is materially warmer than at
Auburn – I saw Col. Webbs
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
daughters
x Birth: 1830-12-14  Death: 1918-12-04  Birth: 1827-11-30  Death: 1896-10-03 
at
Washington New York at the Astor house –
Robert
Birth: 1824-08-12 Death: 1899-08-27
is there with his wife
Birth: 1820-03-29 Death: 1880-10-30
– the Col.
was in Washington at that time having just
succeeded y in getting the Mission to Austria
He passed through Philadelphia while we
were there in fine spirits, talking of his
sojourn in Europe – You may imagine
Page 3

our surprise this morning on receiving a letter
from him saying he had that day sailed
and the evening previous was married to
a Miss Cram
Birth: 1826-01-02 Death: 1890-01-16
of N.Y. – Knowing how
highly I esteem his former wife he
deprecates my censure - I much acknow-
ledge myself too much grieved by this
indecent haste, to write the letter he
desires me to write to his daughters to
reconcile them to his ill timed marriage –
The young lady he has married has a
wealthy father
Birth: 1783 Death: 1869-07-06
and is but 25—
I am sorry he will not let me respect
him – I am attached to the children
for their mother’s
 Death: 1848-07-01
sake – There never
were two daughters more devoted to a
father than his – how poorly he repays
their affection – I have only been
to Church since I came to this city except
to make purchases for the house –
We came over from Baltimore with Mrs.
Bliss
Birth: 1824-04-20 Death: 1909-07-25
the President’s
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
daughter – She is very
agreeable – Your father says the
President looks unusually well –
tomorrow Congress convenes and receives
Page 4

the message - which I suppose will reach
you soon after this letter – I shall get
your letters two or three days earlier
here than at Auburn – George Grier
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20

Uncle George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
, Mary Seward
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
and her
affiancè
Birth: 1817-02-06 Death: 1897-11-09
met us at New York – Mary
has thrown aside her mourning and is
to be married this month – Miss
Parsons
Birth: 1812
school is established in the old
house and in a flourishing condition –
No teacher has yet to be obtained for the
boys department – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
went to
board at the hotel when we came
away until the return of Mr Blachford’s
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07

family
x Birth: 1845-09-09  Death: 1905-10-22  Birth: 1817-08-27  Death: 1901-06-12 
when he is to board there –
Our house will be closed when Grandpa
comes away – Fanny sends a kiss –
May God bless you prays your affectionate
Mother