Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 21, 1854

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 21, 1854
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1854-01-21

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 21, 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 2019-01-22

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Auburn Jan. 21st 1854
My dear Son,
I have just received yours
of the 23d of December − Neither
of the letters which I have
written to you seem to have
reached their destination
at that time − You seem to
be a great way off when there
is no regular communication
There has been a fearful loss
of life on the ocean this Winter
You have heard of the loss
of the Staffordshire and the
calamity which befel the
San Francisco − The papers
are filled with details −
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I believe I have written
to you once since Christmas −
I am confined to my room
most of the time by the state
of the Weather but I am
not materially worse than
I was last Spring − so say
the Dr’s
Unknown
− my nerves are
weaker and more instable
so as to make both myself
and those about me uncomfortable
I hope the return of milder
weather will benefit me.
Your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
came home for
a visit last week − is still
here − he did not come in
come on account of Willie’s
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

illness as the Telegraph
Page 3

announced − Willie has had
scarlet fever but is well again
You will see (if you get any papers)
that Senator Douglas
Birth: 1813-04-23 Death: 1861-06-03
has commenced
the Slavery agitation again by the
introduction of the Nebraska bill.
I am glad the agitation this
time originates with Southern
politicians − Father returns to
Washington next Monday − Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

has come over to stay a month
with me − Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
is well &
comes home every fortnight −
Uncle Polydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
and Frances
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06

came to see us this week −
all are well at Florida
Mary Jayne
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
& Frances think of
visiting Washington this Winter −
I wish I could talk with you
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an hour it would be better than
the longest letter − Write
whenever you can − Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

is well and sends love with
Aunty and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
− The
Spirit people have had a
convention here − but I believe
no new truths were elicited
Thomas Miller
Birth: 1817-07-09 Death: 1864-07-23
was here on
Sunday − I saw him but a
few moments − he seems
in better health − I will
write as often as once in
two weeks − May God bless
and guide you −
your affectionate
Mother −