Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 6, 1854

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 6, 1854
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1854-01-06

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 6, 1854

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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: Key West, FL

transcription: rmg 

revision: crb 2019-01-18

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Auburn Jan 6th 54 —
My dear Son,
Your first letter from
Key West came a week ago
but I was not then able
to answer it − am better now −
I was very glad to hear
of your safe arrival the
frequency of shipwrecks at
this season of the year
occasioned us anxiety —
Tell me what you are
doing − and about Key West—
is there a town there & how
large? − We have had
very variable weather, cold
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and warm, with very
little sleighing − Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
has
had a cutter and improved
such as there was − Willie
is just now recovering from
scarlet fever − he was very
ill two or three day − he
thinks it very hard to be
confined to the house now
that he feels well enough
to go out − Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

has been with us three weeks
she went home yesterday taking
Matilda
Unknown
with her − Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

writes every day − is well most
of the time and in good
spirits − I judge from his
letters that he is seldom
Page 3

alone − Mary
Birth: 1819-11-24 Death: 1854-12-18
and William
Birth: 1806 Death: 1881-11-30

keep house for him −
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
spent 2 days with us
Christmas − the children
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

had a Christmas tree and
a merry time − I am
confined to the house by the
cold weather which is un−
favourable to my neuralgia
of course I have less strength
than during the summer
when I can take the air −
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well − I see her
almost daily − Mr McLallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16

is engaged in finishing his
house − The carpenters have
left us for a season which
is a relief −
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Our citizens appear to be
losing, rather than gaining ground
in matters of taste and learning −
An attempt to get up a course
of lectures for the Winter has
failed for the want of patronage −
N.B.No clergyman would
give notice in their church
fearing their might be something
taught which would conflict with
their notions of Religion!! −—
Madame Sontag
Birth: 1806-01-03 Death: 1854-06-17
sang here
to a thin house & under the
threat of a fine for not obtaining
a license!!! − I fear we
shall get back to the dark ages
in time − Fanny sends love
May God guide and bless
you − your affectionate
Mother −