Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 1, 1852

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 1, 1852
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Date:1852-06-01

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, June 1, 1852

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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: Fort Washita, OK

transcription: maf 

revision: crb 2019-02-19

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Auburn June 1st 1852
My dear Augustus,
It is nearly a week since I
received your letter from Norfolk – I am
very much relieved to hear you have had
no return of your chills and fever – I hope
you will escape for the remainder of the
summer – Your hand was so cold when I
parted with you at the depot and you
looked so pale, I felt very anxious about
you – We reached – I remember now that
I wrote you from New York of my dis -
appointment in finding Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
gone home –
Your father who left me Sunday evening
passed you on his way to Washington -
I came up to Albany Monday evening –
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
met us at the depot – The next
morning I sent on Bennet
Birth: 1811
, Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
, and John
Birth: 1844-11-20 Death: 1917-01-31
.
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
and I remained at the City Hotel.
The next day Kossuth
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
came to Albany with
his family
x Birth: 1844-05-26  Death: 1914  Birth: 1843-05-13  Death: 1862-04-22  Birth: 1841-11-16  Death: 1914-05-25  Birth: 1809  Death: 1865 
– I remained Wednesday to see
them, and came home Thursday to prepare
to receive them here as they then

[right Margin] The weather is pleasant here but not Summer.

[top Margin] I sent your letter to Gen Jesup
Birth: 1788-12-16 Death: 1860-06-10
– Aunt Clara
& Aunty send love – tell me how you are
employed – God bless you - your
Mother

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thought they would go directly to Auburn
and remain with me Friday night
perhaps over Sunday – An invitation
from our Mayor
Birth: 1814-07-23 Death: 1891-09-06
changed this arrangement
so they deferred their visit until their
return from Niagara – Fred seemed to
have the chief responsibility of the Albany
reception on his hands, I had very little
opportunity of seeing him, consequently. We
found Aunty and Willie at home, glad to
see us – Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
came up in the evening
she looks well and is cheerful – We are
all very glad you are so near us this
summer and hope that you will not
again leave us – The place is looking
beautifully, the green grass & trees, the
birds and flowers make a very attractive
home – and then it seems when I am here
that I am near those who have gone
to rest – Aunty and I went the next day
to the cemetery – it is a beautiful spot
Grandpa’s
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
final resting place – how glad I
I am that it was selected at the time
it was – Aunty was obliged to go home
Monday intending to return when Kossuth
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came, with Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
– The next week
was busily employed in arranging the
house and preparing for our guests – A
letter from Kossuths secretary
Unknown
informed the Common
Council
Unknown
that he should be the private guest
of Mrs Seward – Madame Pulsky
Birth: 1815 Death: 1866
wrote to me
they would come Saturday and remain with
me Sunday - Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
was one of the Committee
of Arrangements and Willie employed himself in
organizing a company called the Young Hungarian
Association – he was much pleased to see them so
styled in the City Paper – they formed a part
of the procession and when Kossuth returned from
the Church we found them ranged each side of
the walk from the street door, with banners
and badges – they gave by Willie’s direction, three
cheers for Hu Kossuth & three for Hungary
Aunty put up a banner over the heads of the
Lions and tricolored ribbons streamed from the
knockers of the street door – Kossuth was received
with the discharge of cannon the ringing of bells
and as much of a ^military^ procession as our town could
afford – He addressed a few words to the
people from the upper piazza of the American
Hotel, and was then escorted by the Committee
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in a carriage with 4 horses to our door –
After taking some slight refreshment he went
to the Church (2nd Presbyterian) was addressed
and introduced to the audience by Mr Goodwin
Birth: 1807-11-26 Death: 1879-05-13

Kossuth’s speech was listened to with much attention
& frequent cheering – We dined at 6 – Dr. Hicox
Birth: 1798-12-29 Death: 1876-06-10

and Mr Goodwin dined with us – from 8 to 9
the ladies received calls – Kossuth went to the
hotel and received calls from the gentlemen &
ladies at the same hour – Sunday they had
a very quiet day which they all seemed
to enjoy very much 5 of the party were with
us – two others with a servant, at the hotel –
They admired our place very much & wondered how I could
content myself at Washington – Monday morning a
delegation of 40 gentlemen
Unknown
from Syracuse came to conduct
Kossuth to Syracuse - he received them here and left
with them at 10 o’clock – his suite accompany him –
the ladies remained with us until evening – Clarence
escorted them to Syracuse – It was sad to part with
them as there is little probability that we shall ever
meet again – Aunty will stay with me this week –
Frances was not quite well enough to come with her –
Fred would have come up but Dawson
Birth: 1813-03-14 Death: 1883-02-17
was absent &
he has the whole care of the Journal – The appropriation
for the Collins steamers has passed the Senate – To day
is the time for the assembly of the Democratic Convention
at Baltimore - I am impatient to learn who is their
Candidate – I think our will be the General
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29Certainty: Probable
but
I am not as confident as I would like to be that he
will not write something favoring the Compromise – if he
does he will be beaten –
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William H. Seward
Senate U.S.
Lieutenant A. H. Seward
5th Infantry U.S. Army
Fort Washita
Indian Territory
Arkansas
AUBURN N.Y.
NOV 27
FREE
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