Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 16, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 16, 1849
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Date:1849-12-16

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 16, 1849

action: sent

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: maf 

revision: tap 2018-11-14

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Washington Dec 16th 1849
My dear Son,
Since I wrote before I have one
letter from you which came by the way of
Auburn – dated somewhere about the 10th of Nov –
We are getting settled here – this is our third
Sunday – A part of our furniture has not
come yet – Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
, Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
, Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
and
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
came last Monday quite unexpectedly
owing to a mistake in a telegraph message
I had fortunately that day put up some
bedsteads and we get along tolerably though
many articles of furniture a still missing
Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
remains with Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
— they
must be very lonely now – Mr Winegar
Birth: 1825 Death: 1851-10-07
a
young man who is studying in the office
sleeps there – We cannot spare Dennis
Birth: 1827
yet
until we get all of our furniture arranged
I have as you may suppose been very much
occupied getting the house in order –
Thursday your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and I dined at the
Presidents
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
with about 40 members of Congress
Unknown

with their wives
Unknown
– I being the only
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Senators wife present took precedence at dinner
and had the presidents arm and a seat
at his right hand – He was very sociable
spoke two or three times of you – said you
were entitled to a furlough – I like the
President and his family very much –They are
very sensible, unpretending and therefore pleasing
to me in manners – Mrs Bliss
Birth: 1824-04-20 Death: 1909-07-25
is very pretty –
the Col
Birth: 1815-08-17 Death: 1853-08-05
much more at ease than he was
last spring – Mrs Wood
Birth: 1811-04-09 Death: 1875-12-02
and the Dr
Birth: 1799-09-23 Death: 1869-03-28
were
there – Mrs Taylor
Birth: 1788-09-21 Death: 1852-08-14
did not appear –
I have as yet made but few visits and
have been unable to receive any but am
much pleased with what I know of the society
here – I shall attend no large evening parties
as I am in black – Frances and Fred are
to attend the assemblies, which commence
after New Years – We have been to Georgetown
to see the nunnery where Caroline is to attend
school – were much pleased with the
arrangements and charmed with the sincerity
of the Lady Directress
Birth: 1801 Death: 1860-07-25
– Caroline will not
go until after the 1st of January –
Mary Seward
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
writes me that she shall
be married soon – Uncle George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
has gone
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to the Island of Cuba
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Cuba

– left his little boys
x Birth: 1844-11-20  Death: 1917-01-31  Birth: 1840-11-08  Death: 1910-11-28  Birth: 1838-04-16  Death: 1916-02-22 

with a house–keeper
Unknown
– I am sorry he went
while Sarah
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12
was from home – We knew nothing
of his intentions until he sailed –
Your father keeps Fred very busy writing letters
they are up in the morning at 5 oclock –
Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
who is to be a member of
our family comes this week – I do not
know when Grandpa will come though I
think before long – The weather here is mild
but we have frequent rains – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
says
I must tell you she would very much like
to see you and that you must come home
as soon as you can – How much I would
like to know how you occupy yourself –
what society and what amusements you have –
I hope and believe my child that you
do not neglect reading your bible – It
is there you will find the only correct
rules for your guidance in all situations
in life – Willie sends love – he finds
it difficult to occupy himself – tomorrow he
commences his studies under Fred’s superintendence —
Frances and Fred also send kind regards –
We all wish very much to see you – May God bless
you –
Your affectionate Mother —
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2d Lieut. Augustus H. Seward
Fort Towson
Choctaw Nation
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
William H. Seward
Senate U.S.
Free
Washington, D.C.
DEC 18
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