Letter from George Washington Seward to William Henry Seward, January 19, 1857

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Letter from George Washington Seward to William Henry Seward, January 19, 1857
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Date:1857-01-19

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Letter from George Washington Seward to William Henry Seward, January 19, 1857

action: sent

sender: George Seward
Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07

location: Hillsboro, IL

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: amr 

revision: fdc 2020-02-03

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Hillsboro Ill.
Jany 19th 1857
My Dear Brother
In a letter received from
Edwin P.
Birth: 1797-06-02 Death: 1872-04-23
a few days since he pro-
posed to secure the Parmalee house
in the village of Florida for us in the
spring.
I declined his kindly offer for the
reason that I did not wish to
to interfere with any plan or ar-
rangement the Executors
x Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10  Birth: 1802-09-27  Death: 1878-12-20 
might
have in view for us at that time
To avoid all misapprehension
as to our own views or feelings I
take the liberty of stating that we
intend to leave this place for
Floridawhen the navigation on
the Ohio river promises a speedy
journey and that we leave the
arrangement as to our location
to the action of the Executors
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It will not be deemed an im-
propriety in me further to say
that a house will then become of
indispensable necessity and that we
rely upon the Executors to pro-
vide it for us,
To ensure a greater certainty I shall
send a copy of this letter to the other
Executor,
We are enjoying ourselves in this
hospitable house as much as the
intense cold weather will allows
us, Cousin Israel
Birth: 1795-09-03 Death: 1869
is not very well
but yet is out and in most of
the day. Cousin Margaret
Birth: 1798-03-27 Death: 1877-06-15
has
been quite sick and my wife
Birth: 1824-02-11 Death: 1895

has taken her place in the Kitchen
Mrs. Fink
Birth: 1835-05-26 Death: 1857-01-08
the youngest Daughter
of Geo, Burnap Esq.
Birth: 1790 Death: 1874-02-02
died the eight
of this month, her loss is very much
felt by her
Unknown here, All the other
Sewards
x Birth: 1849-01-23  Death: 1894-06-18  Birth: 1831-01-19  Death: 1857-08-08  Birth:   Death:   Birth: 1824  Death: 1889-01-13  Birth: 1834-05-19  Death: 1861-09-21  Birth: 1818-08-17  Death: 1888-07-30  Birth: 1822-04-23  Death: 1901-02-28  Birth: 1820-10-11  Death: 1897-01-12  Birth: 1831-12-05  Death: 1916-09-29  Birth: 1824-11-29  Death: 1894-11-05  Birth: 1843-03-12  Death: 1922  Birth: 1853-09-21  Death: 1877-10-20 
here are very well, they
often ask about you, the people
here think you are as Abolitionist
and sometimes I try to disabuse
them of that idea.
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I recieved last evening Gov Kings
Birth: 1788-01-03 Death: 1867-07-07

message and read it to Cousin
Israel and others, they appeared
very much pleased with the
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Reason: 
tures of the Gov on the Pres-
idents
Birth: 1804-11-23 Death: 1869-10-08
message or on that part
of it relative to the last election
They deny in this latitude that
they are in Egypt
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Editorial Note

“Egypt” here refers to a region defined as the lower third of Illinois, between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
and I think
the north boundary of that
dark region is returning towards
the south.
But my poor composition
will not pay you for the reading
With my Regards to your family
I remain your
Affectionate Brother
Geo, W. Seward
The Hon
SS Will H. Seward
P.S. Cousin Israel has requested me
to ask you to please send him a small
quantity of the "China Sugar
cane or corn seed" he is very desir-
ous to try the experiment and will
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communicate to the Patent office
the results of his culture of it.
Unknown
Geo. W. Seward
Jany 19/57
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Speeches &c Per the Req
to G. W. S. and
same with sugar
to Israel Seward Esq
& to Geo’ Burnap Esq
both at Hillsboro Ill