Letter from Myron O. Wilder to Frances Miller Seward, Feburary 17, 1851

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Letter from Myron O. Wilder to Frances Miller Seward, Feburary 17, 1851
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1851-02-17

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Letter from Myron O. Wilder to Frances Miller Seward, Feburary 17, 1851

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sender: Myron Wilder
Birth: 1822  Death: 1855-04-29

location: Canandaigua, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: csh 

revision: csh 2016-11-09

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Canandaigua, 17 February, 1851
Mrs Seward and Mrs Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
,
My dear Friends,
I received an hour ago,
Mrs. Worden’s letter asking in regard to Edward
Unknown
,
“Whether he was intemperate?” I will answer
fully and, as requested, at once. He is not intem-
perate in any sense in which that word obtained at
the South. Once, after a somewhat labored
dinner party he asked Mr. Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
if they
could have one of the small bottles of cham–
pagne for the servants
Unknown
. The request was granted,
and after all the others had departed, (Mr. & Mrs.
Seward had gone to some party and Mr School-
craft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
I believe to the Presidents
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08
) Edward paid me
a visit, and showed very plainly by best manner
that he had taken too much, not enough to
make him silly but quite voluble, At one
or two other times, and I am not now certain
which, (once I remember,) I thought thought the
same results had been produced. I sometimes
thought I noticed him exercising a little
shrewdness in filling the glasses later in the meal
than the owners needed. The “pop” in broaching
a new bottle once called attention to the fact
that it was not needed and prevented the glass
being filled. It may be necessary to attend to the
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amount left in the open bottles, but I think
it is only necessary to see to the drops left in the
glasses. Those that use the glasses ought to drink
them to the bottom. I have stated all that I
know or saw. I cannot censure the slave, it
seems to me almost inevitable that slaves
should cultivate some vices, the virtues
and their ^earthly^ rewards are mostly beyond their
reach. I am glad however that this opportunity
is afforded me of calling attention to what I saw,
so that the glasses may be watched and the
poor fellow spared from becoming intemperate
and losing his character. I believe that what
I have indicated will be all that is necessary.
I wrote last night stating a
disposition to be made of the copy of Milton
Author: John Milton Publisher: Hilliard, Gray and Company Place of Publication:Boston Date: 1841
,
and also, my reasons, for leaving it, that I
could not well bring that and Mr Cheesebro’s
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24

paper & that the binding was too brittle upon
the books in their old age to permit their being
safely brought without being in a box, &c.
The little paper box indicative
of a gold pen &c. I wish, Mrs. Worden to bring with
her when she comes. I hope I shall be advised
by letter of all things often.
Yours truly,
Your Loving Friend, M. OWilder
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Mrs Seward, & Mrs. Worden
Washington
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Mr. Wilder
1851