Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1854

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1854
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1854-06-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1854

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: rag 

revision: fdc 2019-09-30

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Tuesday June 20th
My dear Henry,
I wish I could
help you about George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07

but I exhausted my
capacity in that way
some time ago – I think
now the decision of his
wife
Birth: 1824-02-11 Death: 1895
and children
x Birth: 1834-02-26  Death: 1868-07-13  Birth: 1844-11-20  Death: 1917-01-31  Birth: 1840-11-08  Death: 1910-11-28  Birth: 1838-04-16  Death: 1916-02-22  Birth: 1835-01-09  Death: 1926  Birth: 1833-06-08  Death: 1891-06-12 

with regard to his
affairs should influence
your action – I am
sorry to have you troubled
with it at all, but
I suppose it is the one
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of the duties of the
strong to “bear the
burdens of the weak” –
Frederic
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
spent Sunday
with us – he seems
cheerful and says he
is well – There are
rumours that the School-
crafts
x Birth: 1834-07-25  Death: 1922-02-28  Birth: 1804-09-22  Death: 1860-07-07 
are coming here –
they will undoubtedly
do that which is most
agreeable to their own
code of morals –
I believe I am somewhat
stronger than when
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you were at home – I think
now if you approve I
will go to Bethlehem
(or attempt to go) early
next month – I may
thusly gain strength to
travel somewhere in the
cars – My visit to Bethle-
hem is connected with a
plan of education for our
little girl
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
which ought
not to be longer delayed –
I propose to take an
open carriage from
Carpenters
Birth: 1821 Death: 1885-10-25
similar to that
we drive to the Lake
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and the same stout
pair of ponies – I am
not quite strong enough
to go alone with Fanny –
as it is very tiresome
for most persons to travel
in this way I think
it will be wise not
to tax any of my friends
for the whole journey – let
an exchange take place when
one wearies – Will you
be able at any time to give
me a week? – I am
very sorry not to see Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

hope he may continue well
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Did you read the poetry
or verses in the Tribune
on an extract from your
last speech? It was
not half as good as
the extract itself but
meritorious as a it
manifested an appre-
ciation of the noble
sentiment expressed.
What is the prospect
about adjournment? I have
delayed writing to Mary
Birth: 1819-11-24 Death: 1854-12-18

to hear_ Dieu vous
garde – your own
Frances