Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 1, 1854

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 1, 1854
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1854-03-01

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 1, 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: smc 

revision: crb 2019-01-22

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Auburn March 1st
My dear Son,
This constant writing
to a son who has run away sof so
far that I cannot hear from
him is not so pleasant as some
other kind of correspondence–
I have nothing from you later
than Dec 23d – I learn from
Mr Bache
Birth: 1806-07-19 Death: 1867-02-17
who sent me a
chart precisely where you are
and the probable reason of my
getting no letters– your distance
from any settlement– The
most interesting news at home
since I wrote last is the birth
of Cousin Frances’
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
little boy
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23

who is now two weeks old
Page 2

She and the baby are both
comfortable– Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is there
of course– she left here two
weeks last Monday–
The Nebraska Bill is still before
the Senate– I believe your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

is admitted by all to have made
a great speech on the subject–
Many other good speeches have
been made against the bill
which I would like to have
you read especially that of my
friend Mr Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
– I suppose
you are not in the way of
such things at present– The bill
is pretty sure to pass the Senate
and perhaps the House– The
people at the North are just
Page 3

waking up to the iniquity of
this measure– petitions
against it are presented every
day– no other measure is
talked or thought of at present.
This time the agitation originates
at the South which is fortunate–
The weather continues cold
we have ice but no snow–
the quantity of snow at the
South is unusual–
I am growing gradually
stronger though I have frequent
attacks of neuralgia which
confine me to my room much
of the time– Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well
and sends love – we all feel
that it is a great while since we
have heard from you–
Page 4

Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
has commenced reciting
Latin to Mr Mellen
Birth: 1822 Death: 1896
with
his Arithmetic– he is now
very much inclined to go to
West Point– which he will not–
I have another letter from
Caroline Schoolcraft
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
– it contains
little additional information
They were still at Rome
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
sends her love– she is very
much engaged with a large
doll, sent her from Boston, by
Mrs Burr
Unknown
, a sister of Mrs
Watrous
Birth: 1805-01-29 Death: 1860
George Throop
Birth: 1793-04-12 Death: 1854-02-23

died at Detroit last month–
May Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
is well– was home
last Saturday– May God
bless & keep you–
Mother–