Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 18, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 18, 1856
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Date:1856-06-18

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 18, 1856

action: sent

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: ssb 

revision: fdc 2020-01-29

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Auburn June 18th
1856
My dear Henry
This is our Willies
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

18th birth day – Gentle
memories of the past will
present themselves and
seek a corner of the heart
however crowded by the
engrossing present
I was it glad to get
your two letters yesterday
of the 13t and 14t – as I
had persuaded myself
that you were ill from
the fatigue of your journey –
You who occupy the
center of the political arena
can hardly understand
how far we are removed
and how long it takes
for intelligence from scenes
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of actions to reach us –
Were it not for a visit
from Ethan Warden
Birth: 1803-10-21 Death: 1861-03-22
last
night we should up to
this time be entirely in
the dark about the Philadel-
phia
proceedings – When
the Telegraph wires are
not broken, which is a
most frequent occurrence,
the intelligence which reaches us
from imperfect spelling and
indistinct apprehension is
often times very unsatisfactory –
Last night in consequence
of Fred's
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
illness, Will's absence,
and the presence of visitors
the mail was not sent
for until the post office
had closed – Ethan told
us what he could of the
contents of the Tribune
Mrs Warden
Birth: 1804-06-10 Death: 1883-12-18
was exceedingly
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shocked to learn that
Greeley
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29
was really in favour
of Fremont's
Birth: 1813-01-21 Death: 1890-07-13
nomination
which she had all along
fancied was a mere ruse –
One learns something new
every day – It is not
possible yet to persuade
the good honest Antislavery
people here that the
Republican party will
shrink from meeting the
true issue –
Fred has worked a
little too hard ^since he came^ but will
recover his strength in
a day or two – The
other members of the family
are well – Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
is
here with her little boy
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23

and nurse
Unknown
– We are
looking for Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

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I should have written
Sunday but was not
quite well enough –
I find it impossible to
avoid talking too much
just now – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

is deep in Theatrical
performances – sends love –
Your own
Frances
We have the papers this morning
The Tribune contains the concluding
remarks of the Monday debates
which are unaccountably left
out of the Journal. Fred
and I are rejoicing over your
wise and virtuous reply
to Mr Brown
Birth: 1813-05-31 Death: 1880-06-12
– also your
excellent remarks on Mr
Crittendens
Birth: 1787-09-10 Death: 1863-07-26
resolution which
came to day in the Journal
with the same mail
with the Globe from
Washington