Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 27, 1857

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 27, 1857
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Date:1857-01-27

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 27, 1857

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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: Unknown
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transcription: amr 

revision: fdc 2020-02-02

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Washington Jan 27t
My dear Son,
I believe this is the
week for the Isabel so I will
have a letter ready –Your last
letter I think the 4t of Jan– came
while we were in the middle
of so much gaiety that I
sent it on to Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

in place of writing her a letter
We have had two or three
dinners and one evening
party since Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
came –
which have kept us all pretty
busy – I think you must
have felt something of the
excessive cold weather which
we have had here – I do not
remember ever to have felt the
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cold more any where –
2 nights this week the
Thermometer has been 12 deg
below zero – this would
be cold at the North but
at Albany it is 20 or 30 –
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
writes that the steam
had frozen in the papers
or that it was difficult
one day to get the papers
printed – Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
writes that
every thing was frozen at
Auburn – the ink on her
table in the room where she
had a fire until 11 oclock
at night, was frozen in the
morning – Our climate
now seems much like
that of Canada – Aunt
Clara is well – I was
glad she got home before
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the coldest weather came.
Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
I think will stay
with Mr. Barnes
Birth: 1824 Death: 1867
through
the Winter – He wrote me
a letter not long ago giving
an account of Dennis’
Birth: 1827
mis-
demeanor’s – Dennis and
another Irishman
Unknown
had driven
Fanny
 Death: 1860
all day and as he
thought nearly killed her –
he found them just putting
her in the stall, whipping her
because she could not get
in with the cutter unfastened
they were both drunk –
Will push them out of the
barn and dismissed Dennis
employing another man
Unknown
in
his place – which summary
measure I think was
justified by the provocation
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though we may employ Dennis
again as gardener should
he be without employment
in the Spring – Spring will
come in about a month – I
am glad for those who have
not the means of keeping warm
of which there must be mul-
-titudes – we hear occasionally
of some persons
Unknown
frozen to
death. 2 in Philadelphia
Our horses do very well – The
carriage did not get here
is probably frozen on the way –
Our family
x Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29  Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10 
are the same
as when I last wrote – All
wish to be remembered to you.
People are beginning to talk of the
Inauguration – nothing very
important is doing in Congress.
Simonton
Birth: 1823-01-30 Death: 1882-11-02
one of the reporters
for the Times has been
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examined by a committee of the
house in relation to a charge
of “bribery and corruption” which
he made in some of his reports –
he refuses to give his proofs –
has been, ostensibly, imprisoned
for contempt – A bill has
passed both houses of Congress
making it a penal offence
for a person to withhold
information under such cir-
cumstances – so he will
be compelled to retract or
to substantiate his charge –
This is at present the chief
subject of discourse among
the members – The Tribune
has some rather spiteful
articles about your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

for which I believe
Mr. Raymond
Birth: 1820-01-24 Death: 1869-06-18
not Mr. Greeley
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29

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is held responsible – Mr. Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22

was here at Anna’s
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
evening
party – I have not seen
him – he comes to Washington
againy again next week –
Fred writes often to Anna
and seems well. Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

sends love – she is not
very well but is about
the house – We often wish
you could come and
stay a week or two, but
it is too cold now –
Father keeps well – except
one ill turn which was
occasioned by the swelling
of his face – he is better
than he was last Fall –
Mr. Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
is not able
to come though he talks of
it every week – he is reelected
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God bless you
Mother –
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Lient. A. H. Seward
Assist. Coast Survey
Key West
Florida
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
William H. Seward
WASHINGTON CY D.C.
JAN 28
1857
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