Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 14, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 14, 1850
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Date:1850-10-14

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 14, 1850

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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: Paris, France

transcription: msf 

revision: crb 2019-02-07

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Auburn Oct 14th — 1850
My dear Son,
Your impatiently expected letter came
yesterday (from Paris the 14th Sep) – after first
making a visit at Washington — We all
left Washington the 1st day of October, your
birth day — shutting up the house during our
absence — We stopped one day in New York &
one at Florida to attend the Examination at
the Seward Institute — a very good examination
it was — All our relatives
x Birth: 1842  Death: 1908  Birth: 1833  Death: 1892  Birth: 1822  Death: 1872-08-27  Birth: 1799-07-02  Death: 1872-04-25  Birth: 1840-11-08  Death: 1910-11-28  Birth: 1838-04-16  Death: 1916-02-22  Birth: 1835-01-09  Death: 1926  Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07 
at Florida were
well — the shortness of our visit did not
allow us to see Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
& his family
x Birth: 1846  Death: 1910-06-09  Birth: 1848-08-28  Death: 1928-08-19  Birth: 1817  Death: 1883-04-17 

We came to Newburgh to take the evening
boat but as no boat stopped there
were obliged to wait until the next
morning and take a day boat to Albany
There we took the express train at 7 oclock
in the evening and were all night coming
here — we found ourselves at the depot at
6 oclock half frozen — I shall not attempt
another night ride — Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
stopped at
Utica for the purpose of visiting Charly
Williams
 Death: 1891
as he had engaged to do — he
remained until Friday — Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
who was
here when we returned hastened home to
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prepare for Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
wedding which comes off
Thursday the 17th— Some of the invitations
are issued — there is to be a large party
the same evening, the marriage ceremony
to be performed at the Church — We all
go over Thursday morning and return the
next day — I believe Fred is to be groomsman
with Catherine Chesebro
Birth: 1828 Death: 1876-11-26
bridesmaid but I
am not quite positive on that head —
I shall invite them here to spend a part
of next week but shall not give a large
party — your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
disapproving — with some
other reasons — It is not possible for your
Father to be at the wedding — he was sick
last week, and this morning was obliged to
go to Chatauqua on business — When he returns
from there he goes immediately to Orange County
we have now but about 5 weeks left
before the meeting of Congress — of course have
much more to do than we can accomplish
in that time — Caroline Canfield
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
and
Augustus
Birth: 1829-12-04 Death: 1867-10-25
came to Washington a few days before
we left — Caroline returned to the Convent
Augustus accompanied us to New York — then
returned to New Jersey — He wishes very
much to obtain some situation in some of
the departments at Washington — this your
Father disapproves – I saw Mrs Bliss
Birth: 1824-04-20 Death: 1909-07-25
the
last time I visited Baltimore — She was
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very sad and pale — They all go to Louisana
some time this month — Col. Bliss
Birth: 1815-08-17 Death: 1853-08-05
has
received or is expecting orders to join the
Army — He applied for orders feeling that
a change of scene was very essential to the
health of Mrs Bliss — I shall probably never
meet her again but her sweet face will
never fade from my mind — I loved her with
the affection of a new relative — A change
came over the Senate after the passage of the
adjustment measures — The latter part of the
time most of the Senators evinced much cordiality
towards your father — Most of the nominations
which he desired were confirmed – Mr
Benedicts
Birth: 1785-11-07 Death: 1862-07-15
name was withdrawn by the President
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08

when he ascertained with certainty that ^Benedict^ he would
not be rejected — this is said to be personal pique.
You may perhaps get some account of the proceed-
ings of the Whig convention at Syracuse — I will
relate it briefly — After the nominations were
made the Convention split upon the Resolutions
more especially upon a resolution approving in strong
terms of your Fathers course it in the Senate —
As the majority were in favour of the resolution
it was retained, whereupon 40 of the delegates
withdrew including Mr Granger
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31
the President
of the Convention — Mr William Duer
Birth: 1805-05-25 Death: 1879-08-25
is said
to be the mover in this affair — he has
since published a letter and an address