Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 20, 1851

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 20, 1851
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Date:1851-10-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 20, 1851

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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: Unknown
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transcription: pxc 

revision: crb 2019-02-15

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Auburn Oct 20th – 1851
My dear Child
I am hoping against probability
that I may get a letter from you every
week but none comes yet – Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

I believe was not very well when I
wrote you last his strength has been
failing ever since from a total loss
of appetite – He has not walked
out in five or six weeks and now
is unable to ride without great exertion.
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has been here for the last week
and will not leave unless there is
some favourable change – Two weeks
ago Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
went to Albany and is now
established as Junior Editor of the Journal.
If there is a possibility of the Journal reaching
you I am very desirous to send it to you –
You will be surprised as we all are
to see the maturity of thought evinced
in the articles written by Fred – To me
who can write nothing but letters
Page 2

his immediate success seems wonderful –
His taste inclines him towards literature
as a profession and he is very happy
in his new vocation – He came home
Saturday with your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
who has been
in New York – they are to go to Chautauqua
for a week and then East again –
Mr. Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
has very kindly been over
twice during the last week to see
Grandpa, whose spirits are very much
revived by the conversation of old
friends – A young man by the name of
Wilkins
Unknown
, in a printing office, come to
read for Grandpa in the evening when
we are alone – Grandpa often enquires
if we have heard from you – Your
father has written to Gen. Scott
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29
saying
you wished to be considered an applicant
for the coast survey – Prof- Bache
Birth: 1806-07-19 Death: 1867-02-17

writes (privately) that you could be
usefully employed by that department
if the consent of the Adjutant Gen
Birth: 1788 Death: 1852-07-15
, and
Gen Scott can be obtained – I hope
we may get you nearer home by & by –
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I shall not accompany your father
to Washington in Dec. unless Grandpa’s health
improves – I cannot leave him as he is now.
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well – she still retains
her interest in the spiritual manifestations.
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
will go to school at the Lake
this summer – Mr Brown
Birth: 1810-06-16 Death: 1880-06-19
a clergyman
takes 20 boys – Willie is very desirous
to go though he will not be able to study
much – perhaps it will be of some use
to him to be under a little more restraint
than he is at home – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
is troubled
about his office business – Mr. Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
is
a candidate for a the Justice of the Supreme
Court – should he be elected Clarence fears
their business will diminish – he wished
Fred to remain as his partner but Fred prefers
the situation at Albany – Did I write
that Mr Whittlesey
Birth: 1799-06-12 Death: 1851-09-19
of Rochester was dead –
His son Fred
Birth: 1827-08-01 Death: 1905-02-24
proposed to our Fred to come to
Rochester as his partner – which probably
would have been the best arrangement for
Fred had he concluded to practice law –
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There has been a rescue of a fugitive slave
 Death: 1853-10-08

at Syracuse which has created considerable
excitement here – The examination of the persons
implicated took place before before Judge
Conkling
Birth: 1789-10-12 Death: 1874-02-05
who has give adjudged them
guilty of misdemeanors – they are to be tried
at the next court – There is so much
dissatisfaction in this part of the state
with the fugitive slave law that Judge
Conklings decision is not approved
though it is much more rational
than pronouncing them guilty of Treason
as Judge Cane
Birth: 1795-05-16 Death: 1858-02-21
did in Pennsylvania
There is some doubt about the result of
the election – both parties of course
claim a victory – I sent you
a letter from Cousin Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
about 2 weeks
ago – she came over and spent a few days
about the time Fred left – Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
& Sarah
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12

went at the same time – Uncle George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
has
made us the fourth visit last week – he
went home yesterday – His son William Henry
Birth: 1835-01-09 Death: 1926

is doing well at Schenectady – Aunty and all
send love – God bless you –
Your affectionate
Mother