Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 13, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 13, 1850
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1850-01-13

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 13, 1850

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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: Arkansas

transcription: nwh 

revision: crb 2019-01-25

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Washington Jan 13th 1850
My dear Child,
I am ashamed to say that
I am indebted to you for two letters
the last dated 18th Dec came to day — The
other dated Dec 5th came about a week
ago — I think it must be that to which
you allude — You speak of the navigation
of the river having commenced again – pray
is it at any time impeded by ice? — I
supposed not – Since I wrote we have had
all kinds of weather at Washington —
Occasionally a day extremely cold – rain
and sunshine — I cannot say on the
whole that I like it quite as well as our
continuous cold weather for two or
three months – here we never know
upon what we may calculate — Henry
Chesebro
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
and John Sibley
Birth: 1821-05-06 Death: 1912-03-24
came to Wash-
ington for a visit last week – are to
remain a week — The young people

[top Margin] is in Charlestown on his return from the Island of Cuba
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Cuba


I believe that I wrote that Mary Seward
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
was married
to Dr Jayne
Birth: 1817-02-06 Death: 1897-11-09

May God bless you my child
Your affectionate
Mother

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are out almost every evening — There is
no lack of opportunity in Washington —
Most of the ladies whose husbands are
members of the Cabinet receive company
one evening each week or fortnight
Mrs Bliss
Birth: 1824-04-20 Death: 1909-07-25
has a “drawing room” every
Friday evening – then there are reception
mornings innumerable – every lady any
way distinguished appropriating one
morning of each week to herself to
receive calls — I find my time just
now occupied much as it was at
Albany making and receiving unmean
ing visits — I hope this will subside
by and by — Mr Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
wrote to your father
last week that Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
had concluded
not to come to Washington – he had a bad
cold at that time perhaps he may
change his mind when he feels better
Clara Miller
Birth: 1821 Death: 1907
was there – Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

had gone home for a week – Mr Sackett
wrote that Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
was coming
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to stay with Grandpa when he wished it –
Since I came here I have had some mis-
givings about Pa’s undertaking the journey
it is a long way for him to come – the
failure of his eyesight and strength make
him more helpless than many persons who
are older — Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
writes that Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

is studying hard that he may be admitted
this Spring — Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
was not well last week
he writes so constantly and in a very warm
room that I am apprehensive about the effect
Your father’s correspondence is very voluminous
they often send 50 letters a day sometimes
more — You do not say any thing
about joining me here – if there is a
shadow of a doubt you coming home
this Spring pray tell me and devise
some way for me to come to you before
I go North again — I cannot admit the
thought that I may pass another 6 months
without seeing you — I trust you will
not decide to remain in the Army before
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you see us again — If Clarence wishes to come
here for awhile he is to change with Fred
after a time — This being the long session
your father will be here a part of the
Summer — I shall go home the latter
part of April — I think Aunty Worden
will come down before I go home –
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is impatient for Spring to come that he
may go home again — He recites his lessons
to Fred – his progress is necessarily slow
on account of the weakness of his eyes –
Col Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
will probably not be confirmed
in his appointment — You will see that Gov
Cass
Birth: 1782-10-09 Death: 1866-06-17
has introduced a resolution to abolish
the Mission — this will not pass — Mr Webster
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24

and his son
Birth: 1813-07-25 Death: 1862-08-30
dined with last week —
I have never talked with Mr Webster before
he is exceedingly grave – seldom smiles —
talks little but always to the purpose —
To me he seems melancholy but it may
be his usual manner – he has buried all
his children but one – that would be cause
of sadness to a woman — Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
came
to the city last week – he will be here a
week or two — Cousin Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
sends love
Caroline Canfield
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
went to Georgetown to school
last week – she is very well pleased – Uncle
George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
sends us word by telegraph that he
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Lieutenant A.H. Seward
5th Infantry U.S. Army
Fort Towson
Choctaw Nation
Arkansas
WASHINGTON CITY D.C.
JAN 15
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