Letter from Frances Alvah Worden Chesebro to Augustus Henry Seward, April 2, 1856

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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1856-04-02

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Letter from Frances Alvah Worden Chesebro to Augustus Henry Seward, April 2, 1856

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sender: Frances Chesebro
Birth: 1826-12-12  Death: 1909-08-24

location: Canandaigua, NY

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

location: Key West, FL

transcription: pxc 

revision: ska 2019-11-19

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My dear Cousin –
Your letter came
about four weeks since as I was busy
moving up to this house – Since
then I have been most constantly
occupied with house matters and
am just beginning to have some time
to myself –
You have heard I presume
from your mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
of my fathers
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
death
Had I k not known that she would
write to you concerning it I should
have done so – Some time since – It
seems very lonely to me here now
I suppose that I shall become in time
accustomed to his being gone – but
as yet it all seems very strange
I probably feel it more here than if
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in any other house – I am glad
that you saw Pa when you did
and not after he was taken sick
the second time in November
– after you saw him he gained in
strength & flesh so that he looked
very much as he used – and went
out to drive & ride – The second
attack was a cold which produced
congestion of the lungs and ag-
gravited his disease – he was ill
thirteen weeks to a day – and
died peacefully and without
struggle – I wish he could have
lived longer two years ago he
seemed strong and well
and apparently capable of long life
You have left Cape Sable
since you wrote to me – The Indian
disturbances must have been rather
annoying as well as formidable
Your mother wrote to me to come to
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Washington in the Spring – but
I prefer now to remain at home
for the present – I hope to go South
when another winter comes – even
farther than Washington – your
accounts of the Southern cities gives
me a desire to see them – I have
seen mentioned before the bon appear-
ance of Richmond – but had no
idea Savanah was as fine a city
Poor Rachel
Unknown
met bad success
in this county – I hope she will
come again under more favorable
Managers – It's very wintry yet here
Snow is deep upon the ground
and in the country and upper
part of the town sleighs are still
used – Men are drawing wood on
sleighs for us – prospect of a cold
summer – Come and see me and
stay with us some time when you
come North – Henry
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
is well
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and the boy
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23
grows finely
Your affectionate
Cousin –
Frances
April 2d
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Lieut AA Seward
Coast Survey –
Key West
Florida
CANANDAIGUA N.Y.
APR 2
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