Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 2, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 2, 1856
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1856-01-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 2, 1856

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

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Key West, FL

transcription: maf 

revision: fdc 2019-10-11

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Washington Jan 2d1856
My dear Son,
I was glad to be assured
of your safe arrival at Key West
by your letter of the 22d
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
left us this morning after
a visit of a little more than a
week – he came the Saturday before
Christmas – I was sorry he could
not stay longer – Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
remains
she looks sad this morning but
will soon be cheerful again – Fred
stayed over two days longer than
he intended to be with her at
a dinner party here on Monday
and a reception yesterday – The
dinner was given to the Webbs
x Birth: 1835-02-15  Death: 1911-02-12  Birth: 1833-11-10  Death: 1876-12-03  Birth: 1827-11-30  Death: 1896-10-03  Birth: 1830-12-14  Death: 1918-12-04  Birth: 1820-03-29  Death: 1880-10-30  Birth: 1824-08-12  Death: 1899-08-27  Birth: 1826-01-02  Death: 1890-01-16  Birth: 1802-02-02  Death: 1884-06-07 
who
were all here including Watson Jr.
Mr
Birth: 1808-08-03 Death: 1893-09-07
& Mrs Fish
Birth: 1816-12-17 Death: 1887-06-30
& Miss Fish
Birth: 1838-02-25 Death: 1925-02-16
, Judge
Birth: 1792-11-10 Death: 1873-12-13

and Mrs Nelson
Birth: 1805 Death: 1875-04
Mr Chase
Birth: 1808-01-13 Death: 1873-05-07
& Ms
Birth: 1840-08-13 Death: 1899-07-31

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composed the party which I believe
was entirely satisfactory to all –
A French cook
Unknown
(“Professor”) made a
nice dinner without giving me
any trouble – he provided every thing
for the table – I saw the
Miss Webbs in my room after
dinner – they appeared much as
they used to do – seemed very glad
to see me – Louisa is the most
like her mother
 Death: 1848-07-01
– Mrs Webb
whom I have also seen, is or
appears more youthful than the
daughters – she is pretty and child
-like in her manners – Yesterday
Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
& Fred and Anna staid
at home and received a great
many gentlemen, giving them coffee
and oysters with New Years cakes
a box of which was sent us
from New York
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– I was not
quite as well as usual & saw
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no one – I am better again to day –
I have frequent letters from Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

who was recalled to Canandaigua
about two weeks ago – she says Uncle
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16

is slowly recovering from his last
attack of hemmorhage but still
confined to his room – I intend
writing to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
that we are
ready to see her if she thinks
it proper to leave her father –
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
sends me word that he
and Caroline
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09
will come when
I am ready – Frances Seward
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06

writes that she will be here
next week – The weather is cold
and unpleasant – we have a
fire in the dining room occasionally
with the exception of the office
the rest of the house is made
comfortable with the furnace –
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
was well when I last
heard – she does not find time
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to write often – No speaker for the
House yet – Mr Banks
Birth: 1816-01-30 Death: 1894-09-01
keeps about
the same number of votes – every
day we hear that the speaker will
be elected tomorrow – The President
Birth: 1804-11-23 Death: 1869-10-08

has become weary of the delay
and sent in a message which is
by a majority of persons thought
to be a reply to a certain speech
made in Western N. York last October
I have not read the message –
Of course there has been very little
business transacted in Congress –
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
has a little black puppy
Unknown
,
and an occasional visit from
her friend Louisa
Birth: 1843-02-20 Death: 1932-12-23
for amusement
She and Anna send love – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

went with Father to Plymouth – both had
a very satisfactory time – were gone
a week – Will it be of any use for me
to send you a paper occasionally? will you
get them? I wish there could be some more
frequent communication – Andy Webb has left
his young wife
Birth: 1837-07-13 Death: 1912-11-15
and gone to Florida where he
is stationed at present – I have not seen his wife
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May God bless a keep you
Mother –