Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 14, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 14, 1850
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1850-07-14

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 14, 1850

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: nwh 

revision: tap 2019-02-04

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Sunday July 14th
My dear Henry,
The absence of a Telegraph
message saying you are worse is the only thing
I have to assure me that you are any better —
I am very anxious about you – as I have been
many days particularly since your letter of
Thursday which came this morning – The
Cholera morbus is very prevalent here there has
been 4 or 5 deaths – Mrs Bronson
Birth: 1799 Death: 1867-02
was quite
sick yesterday but is better – Dr Robinsons
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
success
with his patients makes me very desirous
that if any of you are ill at Washington you
should employ Dr Green
Birth: 1800 Death: 1868-12-25
– I am obliged to
be constantly cautioning the children
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 
about eating
fruit – We have abundance of cherries —
Yesterday the outward manifestations of mourning
for our lamented President
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
were made — The
stores were closed, the bells tolled, cannon fired
and many of the buildings hung with
black — Mr Austin
Birth: 1805-09-26 Death: 1880-12-20
delivered an eulogy at
the Universalist Church — The two Presbyterian
clergymen
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& the Methodist
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united in the
services — Mr Ayrault
Birth: 1822 Death: 1882-10-19
spoke truly
and touchingly of Gen Taylor’s death to day —
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It is impossible to comprehend and
difficult to feel entirely resigned to this dispen-
sation but Our Father does all things well —
Washington without the Presidents family
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and
the Cabinet
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will seem sadly changed —
I had a long letter from Serene
Birth: 1802
yesterday
in answer to one I wrote her at Washington —
I wish you could help me devise some plan
to assist her in the education of her family
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if such a thing is possible —
I expect Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
some time this week, she is not well —
Fanny says now I must write a letter for her —
I enclose one to Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
from G. Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02

Clarence is not well – one of his old attacks —
Dont fail to let me know if you are any more
ill — Your own Frances –
I have finished Fanny's brief epistle and resume
my own – to say a word about Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

It seems to be a very suitable time now for him
to resign — His Commander in Chief whom we all
loved and honoured is gone — I think your
approval makes his resignation sure –