Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 18, 1853

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 18, 1853
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1853-12-18

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 18, 1853

action: sent

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: Key West, FL

transcription: nwh 

revision: crb 2019-07-01

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Auburn Dec 18th
My dear Son,
It is over a week
since you left New York
I hope by this time you
are near the end of your
journey – We have had
mild weather until
yesterday — it is now cold
– snowing — I hear frequently
from your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
— he is
well and very much
engaged — will come home
some time next month –
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
was at home a
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week ago — Did I write
that Anna Wharton
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
came
with him on his previous
visit? – I believe I did —
Dont you remember when
you were home I mentioned
the report that he was
paying his addresses
to a young lady in Albany
about whom I enquired –
Well the next time he
came he told me they
were engaged – I asked
him to bring her home
with him if she would
come — which he did —
I was pleased with her
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appearance — she is modest
and quiet in her manners –
of her character of course
I can form no correct
opinion – I was too ill when
she was here to talk with
her much — but if Fred
is pleased I shall not be
dissatisfied — There is
abundance of gossip on
this subject both here
and at Albany — the general
impression seems to be
that Fred has not been
sufficiently ambitious in
this connection — I will
tell you what I hear of
the family – what is
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reliable — Mr Wharton
Birth: 1808-02-07 Death: 1868-09-09
is
a wholesale Druggist – was
born in the West Indies of
English parents
x
Unknown Birth: 1779-08-02  Death: 1863-02-13 
Mrs Wharton
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09

was a Miss Boyd of Albany
her family are of Scotch
descent — Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07

was grooms man at their
wedding which must
have taken place about
20 years ago — Anna is 19
and their eldest child.
At the time we lived in
Albany I have no recollection
of the Wharton’s — I exchanged
visits with the Boyd’s
x Birth: 1776  Death: 1846-07-03  Birth: 1781-11-22  Death: 1860-11-20 

they may not have been
in fashionable society at that
time — or they may have
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been among many respectable
people of whom we knew
nothing — I believe their
respectability is undoubted
this is with me more im-
portant than wealth or
fashion – There are four
children
x Birth: 1850-06-06  Death: 1859-03-13  Birth: 1841-12-14  Death: 1896-10-14  Birth: 1847  Death:  
— the father is in
comfortable circumstances —
Mrs W– is accused of being
a very ambitious mother
who has ensnared Fred —
I presume there are many
equally ambitious who
did not ensnare him.
He has no intention of being
married at present –
nothing is fixed about
his connection with the
Journal —
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Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
went home on a
visit a week ago –
Aunty
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is staying with me.
The carpenters are still
here at work I am very
tired of them — I am
not quite as well as I
was when the weather
was such that I could
take the air — but
not confined to my room —
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is driving pony
before a cutter to day
for the first time which
is very satisfactory —
Aunty and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
are
going to ride — Aunt Clara

is well — all send love

[right Margin] god bless and keep you
Mother