Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 2, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 2, 1856
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Date:1856-07-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, July 2, 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: Unknown
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transcription: bpt 

revision: fdc 2019-10-23

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Auburn July 2d
My dear Henry
I wrote a few hurried
lines yesterday after the arrival
of George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
and Julia
Birth: 1824-02-11 Death: 1895
– George
went to see Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
after
tea and Julia went to bed
with the headache and little
Charles
Birth: 1853-09-21 Death: 1877-10-20
, so Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and I spent
the evening reading your speeches
and debates in Congress – I
wish you would send me
more of those small Pamphlets
for circulation containing your
remarks on Mr Crittendens
Birth: 1787-09-10 Death: 1863-07-26
resolu-
-tion – they are so clear and explicit
and withal so brief, that ‘he
that runs may read’ –
Thursday – George and Julia left
us yesterday afternoon to return to
Owego where they await the arrival of
Frances Seward
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06
who hopes to
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make with them a tour to the
West – we are all regretting
the defeat of the Kansas bill – did
you think it would pass? –
Does Greeley
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29
know what he is doing
when he publishes that Charles
Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
is in danger of “a softening
of the brain” – true or untrue
it is cruel to publish it –
Cant you persuade Sumner to
stay away from Washington – I have
always apprehended serious conse-
quences from his wounds – nothing
can restore him but an entire
freedom from irritation and
excitement – Supporting him
still at Mr Blairs
Birth: 1791-04-12 Death: 1876-10-18
, I wrote
him a note last week congratulating
him on his improved health – though
I hear so many conflicting accounts
that I hardly know what to think –
I would write again and advise
retirement if it would avail
any thing –
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Lucretia Mott
Birth: 1793-01-03 Death: 1880-11-11
came to see
us Monday – she is passing some
weeks with Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
– she
expressed disappointment that you
were not the nominee at Philadel
phia
– I told her that political
machinery was altogether beyond
my comprehension but we were
all wishing and hoping for the
success of Fremont
Birth: 1813-01-21 Death: 1890-07-13

Do you think it best to have the
Gas carried to the different parts
of the house this summer while
the house is in its present deranged
condition – the walls do not
dry well – the rooms cannot
be used at present if at all
this summer – perhaps it is as
well to leave it all as it is
until you come home –
I enclose a letter for Green
Birth: 1816-02-18 Death: 1879-06-18
which
I should have written earlier
had he been in Washington –
Your own Frances
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Frederick
Birth: 1845-08-22 Death: 1925-10-01
writes that Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
is
in Albany and will be engaged
in that vicinity a day or
two before coming home