Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 31, 1852

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 31, 1852
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1852-05-31

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, May 31, 1852

action: sent

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: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: maf 

revision: crb 2019-02-19

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Auburn Monday 31st
My dear Henry,
Kossuth
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
has just left us to go
to Syracuse – you know how sad it makes
one feel take leave of him – a final farewell
is a probability – Madame Kossuth
Birth: 1809 Death: 1865
& Madame
Pulszky
Birth: 1815 Death: 1866
remain with us to day – join the
Governor
Birth: 1811-08-05 Death: 1867-02-02
at Syracuse this evening – his suitors
all accompanied him – A delegation of 40
from Syracuse came to the house to escort
him – Burnet
Birth: 1792-01-13 Death: 1876-12-29Certainty: Probable
and Jackson
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Possibly Charles Jackson
Birth: 1797-03-04 Death: 1876-01-21
or William Jackson
Birth: 1783-09-02 Death: 1855-02-27
were among them -
They came here on Saturday at 1 o’clock – the
ladies came directly to our house – Kossuth
accompanied a procession through some
of the streets, was addressed by the Mayor
Birth: 1814-07-23 Death: 1891-09-06

at the American, responded, and then
spoke a few words to the assembled
multitude from the piazza, after
which he came here and took
the slightest of all possible refreshment
before going to the Church – the Church
was tolerably filled – say 5 or 600 - -
tickets sold at $1 apiece this with donations
made about $700 – Derby
Birth: 1818 Death: 1892
& Miller
Birth: 1824-03-24 Death: 1893-02
gave
$100 – Upon the whole this reception here
was quite as well as we could expect
and the quiet that Kossuth has had
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been exceedingly beneficial & gratifying to him –
My feelings have been outraged many times
by the uncharitable and coarse comments
made by those incapable of
appreciating a noble man, but it is
ever so – Genius makes many
enemies while it attracts devoted
friends – I think your estimate
of Irish generosity would have been
somewhat lowered could you have seen
how very badly our men have conducted
on this occasion – I have just forbidden
John
Birth: 1827Certainty: Possible
to come into my presence again
to day - for having spoken coarsely &
abusively about Kossuth to me! because his
mercenary nature had not had its
cravings satisfied – Maria
Unknown
& her husband
Unknown

have with Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
been my only defenders
I find it difficult to entertain company
without a cook or waiter but I
have done cheerfully the best in my
power – The Kossuths were all as
delighted with our grounds as so many
children escaped from school – The
birds the trees & flowers were all seen
and felt - I found Kossuth & Madame
watching a hummingbird – he called
for Madame Pulszky to enjoy it with
them but she had run to the other
end of the garden – “well” said he “ she
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is a hummingbird herself” – we dined
at 6 o’clock Saturday – in the evening
the ladies received company from 8 to 9
o’clock – Kossuth received calls at
the American at the same time - -
Yesterday they spent most of the day
in their rooms – the ladies & Mrs. Pulszky
drove with me to the lake – Kossuth
was preparing his speech for Syracuse &
answering letters – Since they went
this morning Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has gone with Madame
Pulszky to the State Prison – Lazette came
over Friday evening – her enjoyment has
only been marred by the disappointment
of leaving Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
at home – Frances was
not well enough to come - Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

has distinguished himself as Captain of a band
of Juveniles dignified with the title of
young Hungarian associate – The tricolor
flag has waved front ^over the^ heads of our lions
& decorated our dining room while
tri colored ribbons were floating from
the knocker of the street door – When
we returned from Church on Saturday
Willie had ranged his company each
side of the walk from the gate to the
house, with banners & badges – As Kossuth
passed between them they gave three cheers
for Kossuth & three for Hungary, at
Willies suggestion –
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All friends regret that you are not here
But none so much as your own
Frances–