Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 8, 1851

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 8, 1851
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1851-05-08

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 8, 1851

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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: Goshen, NY

transcription: axa 

revision: crb 2019-02-08

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Editorial Note

The year of this letter was changed from 1850 to 1851 based on the context of the letter and other letters at that time.
Auburn May 8th—Thursday
My dear Henry,
It seems to me a long time since
you left home though this is but the fourth
day—tomorrow I shall expect a letter.
We are living very quietly. Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
and Aunt
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
went this morning to Romulus—the
day has been delightful—quite like Summer.
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
says he thinks he can see an hourly
advance in vegetation—the tulips will be open
in a few days.— Friday—I have just received
your letter which I knew would come this
morning—I am glad you like David
Copperfield
Author: Charles Dickens Publisher: Lea and Blanchard Place of Publication:Philadelphia Date: 1851
—I think at our time of life
it is well to keep the “memory green” by
reading occasionally a book of this kind
independent of the pleasure which is afforded
by the skill of the writer in drawing pictures
so true to nature. Dickens
Birth: 1812-02-07 Death: 1870-06-09
has assuredly
done much to make the world more loving
and charitable. I have tried in vain
to induce our Gus to read the book
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he does not read far enough to get interested
in the plot and works of imagination have
few charms for one whose studies have been so
entirely mathematical. How much more rational is
the course of studies now advised by the philosophical
than it was 20 years ago—the cultivation
and development of those powers of the mind
which are least apparent in early life—
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
, Charley Stone
Birth: 1824-09-20 Death: 1887-01-24
, and Dick went
to Canandaigua the day you left home—
The last advice represents the boys
seeking another squirrel to put in the
cage with Dick, while Aunty was about
consulting an old sportsman
Unknown
about the
propriety of giving him his liberty—
Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is much better than when I returned—
though she thinks she will not be able to attend
the wedding party—I shall endeavour to
persuade her to change her mind—I some
expect Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
& Henry
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
to night—Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
comes
tomorrow— Augustus will probably go
to Orange County Monday—were it not
for seeing his cousins
Unknown
he would leave
tomorrow—
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Fred wishes to know whether you have
had any communication with Mr Renyolds
Birth: 1788-12-29 Death: 1864-07-11

in relation to his entering that office &
whether it is certain he can be received
there— I will remember the polyanthus
ours still continues very bright—Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

is very happy with the kittens & flowers—
Best love to our Goshen Cousins
x Birth: 1801-01-16  Death: 1860-02-07  Birth: 1802-09-27  Death: 1878-12-20 

Your own
Frances