Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 17, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 17, 1856
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Date:1856-01-17

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 17, 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 17th
My dear Son,
I received yesterday your 2d
letter from Key West written I think
the day you sailed for Cape Sable
The evening before Capt. Palmer
Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18

was so kind as to send us a Herald
containing a notice of the departure
of your schooner and yourself from
Key West – The paper was accompanied
by a polite note making enquiries
about you, to which I replied –
I have written two letters before this
which I was sorry you did not get
before your departure – Your mails
are not delayed as ours are from
the North by the snow – This Winter
like the last has been one of uncommon
serenity – it is even colder here than
it was last winter – last week
the thermometer stood at 7 below
zero – it has been 12 & 14 at
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at Canandaigua Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
writes –
Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
has never rallied much
since that last attack – he is
gradually failing & may not
survive the winter – of course
neither Aunty or Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
will
come here – both are well –
also little Frank
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23
who has a good
nurse in Charlotte Conway
Birth: 1830

Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
has written once since
my last letter to you – all are
doing well at Auburn
Mr McClallen’s
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
health is better than it
was during the summer – Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

writes frequently to Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
– seems
very busy – the New York Legislature
have just elected a speaker
Birth: 1801-10-28 Death: 1882-12-01
and
received the Governors
Birth: 1806-10-23 Death: 1892-08-23
message –
It is now six weeks since Congress
convened no speaker elected yet
Mr Banks
Birth: 1816-01-30 Death: 1894-09-01
still has a large
majority of the whole votes but
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neither of the other candidates
x Birth: 1820-01-03  Death: 1860-12-26  Birth: 1811-01-16  Death: 1875-12-27 
seem
disposed to give way – The President
Birth: 1804-11-23 Death: 1869-10-08

sent his message to the Senate
more than a week ago – little
business can be done until the house
is organized – when that will be done
is still as doubtful as it was a
month ago – Anna is fairly
initiated into the gay society – balls
parties & receptions occupy days
and nights – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
& his father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

one or both accompany her – The
first evening party given was that of
your father to the New York members
of Congress – at least it was intended
for them & their wives in the first place
but finally included many other
members, citizens, and Foreign Ministers
150 invitations were issued – about 100
were here – of course I did not see them
though my name was included in the
invitation – We had music & some
dancing – refreshments &c &c –
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There were 7 of Gen. Webbs
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
family
x 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 
here –
every thing passed off pleasantly – Capt
Palmer was here (Mrs Palmer
Birth: 1827-11-12 Death: 1903-07-15
is in mourning)
I invited them both though I have
not seen either – Your Father saw Mr
Bache
Birth: 1806-07-19 Death: 1867-02-17
at the Presidents alos the the
Secretary of War
Birth: 1808-06-03 Death: 1889-12-06
– both spoke in a
very complimentary manner of you – Your
Father feels quite sure you will not
be withdrawn from the survey at present
– it is probably a matter which cannot
be calculated upon with certainty – though
appearances are favourable – There has
been a collision on the Hudson R. R. Road
many lives were destroyed – many persons
injured – some from Albany though
not among our acquaintances – Mr G.
Harrington
Birth: 1816-10-26 Death: 1892-12-05
was among the injured but it
is said not seriously – I do not know
how you are to get your letters from K. West
but shall continue to write every two weeks
Anna & Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
send love – I send
your letters to Aunt Clara – I hope
the cold weather does not reach you
May God preserve you
Mother –
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Lieut – A. H. Seward
Assistant Coast Survey
Key West
Florida –
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
William H Seward
WASHINGTON D.C.
JAN 18
1856
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