Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 18, 1852

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 18, 1852
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Date:1852-05-18

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 18, 1852

action: sent

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: cjb 

revision: tap 2019-03-22

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Albany Tuesday 18th
My dear Henry,
I am here at the City Hotel
in the midst of the Kossuth
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
reception
the streets are thronged from the Hotel in
the direction of the Rail Road as far as I
can see, there is one dense mass of human
beings – A band of music and five or six
military companies have already passed with
the Hungarian Association of young men, our Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

among them – two German Associations are now
passing –tricoloured banners & badges are
abundant – Carrie
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
have gone
to the Journal Office to see the procession –
We came from New York last evening – arriving
here at ½ past 10 oclock – Dear Fred was
waiting at the Depot – he had taken
rooms for us at the City Hotel and finding
the people all in bed he sent to a Restaurant
for supper – indeed he and a little
boy
Unknown
who acted in the capacity of waiter
seemed to do pretty much as they pleased
with the house & its appurtenances – He
reminds me strongly of a young gentleman
whose acquaintance I made some 30
years ago –
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I sent Miss Bennet
Unknown
and the other children
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

on this morning & have written to Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

to join me here – Fred said she was
much disappointed and as Kossuth does
not go to Auburn would probably miss
seeing him altogether – I shall stay
a day or two after she comes, if she
does come – I wished you were with
me last night to enjoy the gorgeous
sunset – and the pale reflections
of Jupiters rays on the placid river –
he played the part of moon last
night and succeeded remarkably
well – Going down as I did in mid–
winter with the thermometer at zero
I had no conception of the beauties
of the scenery – I have always been too
sick on the boat to enjoy any thing –
So you were detained on the road and
might just as well have stayed with
us another day – I see the Senate have
adjourned over to day and the vote has
not been taken on this – the cannon
announces the arrival of Kossuth – the bells
are all ringing the people shouting – Kossuth
appears in a carriage drawn by four white
horses, the military endear in vain to keep
off the crowd whose shouts rend the air
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let the people alone for a demonstration
of sympathy with the cause of freedom –
there is ^no^ harm which they will not
overleap – How refreshing to me is the
contrast with Kossuth’s cold reception
at Washington – I am proud of New York –
Kossuth himself looks beautifully meek
with – Illegible
– I had almost
forgotten that I was 45 years of age
I will leave the remainder for Fanny –
I go to the Governors to night and
will also call at Congress Hall to see
the Kossuth ladies
x Birth: 1843-05-13  Death: 1862-04-22  Birth: 1809  Death: 1865 
– I cannot
hear from you until I get home which
will be in a few days. Love to Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

and any other friends who may remember
that I have been in Washington this Winter –
Your own
Frances –
Dont you admire my paper & envelope!
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Unknown
F. A. Seward