Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March, 1857

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March, 1857
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1857-03

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March, 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: Indian Key, Florida

transcription: nwh 

revision: fdc 2020-02-06

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Editorial Note

Editorial Note: This letter starts abruptly, leading us to believe there are pages missing from this letter.

Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
taking his dinner and tea
at Aunt Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
– Aunt Clara
writes that Dr Burt
Birth: 1773-05-03 Death: 1859-02-03
is prostrated
by paralysis and will not
probably recover – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
writes
that he cannot conveniently
come for Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
so she will
wait and go with us – also
Mary Grier
Birth: 1839-09-05 Death: 1930-06-04
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
and
her family
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1822-02-03  Death: 1888-11-24 
went to Philadelphia
last Thursday – she is making
Marianna Mott
Birth: 1825-08-26 Death: 1872-07-03
a visit &
then goes to New York where
H. Chesebro is to meet her
The Senate adjourned finally
yesterday – We shall get away
certainly as early as the first
of April – Shut up the house
Louisa
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the cook goes with us –
The new British Minister
Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1898-12-19

came last week, Lord
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Napier – his family
x Birth: 1852-01-21  Death: 1919-08-19  Birth: 1850-07-03  Death: 1874-02-21  Birth: 1846-09-22  Death: 1913-12-06  Birth: 1848-11-13  Death: 1938-03-09  Birth: 1823-12-20  Death: 1911-08-24 
are in
Baltimore awaiting a house
here for their accommodation
Lord Napier came to see
your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
yesterday – He
is a young man about 35 or
37 – of good abilities and
pleasing address –
The President
Birth: 1791-04-23 Death: 1868-06-01
has been in-
disposed in consequence of
being at the National Hotel
a few days where every
body has been poisoned this
Winter – Many have gone
home sick – there are all
manner of reasons assigned
1st that copper utensils were
used in cooking – next
that rats poisoned with assenick
arsenic were in the water
tank, then it was the
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copper pipes which furnished
the water and lastly it
is the imperfect drainage
of the sewers which throws
the [ mephitick ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: mephitic
gas all
over the house – certainly
all these causes confined
were sufficient to poison
a whole family – The
house is deserted by guests
and has suffered greatly
in reputation – they will
probably be obliged to change
the name – How glad
we should be to have you
here to go home with us –
I think from your letter we
are not to expect you until
May – by that time I hope
the snow storms will cease
the snow was 5 inches deep
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here yesterday morning – but it is
rapidly passing away – Our
new carriage is here – very
pretty – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
went with
Lewis
Unknown
for a long ride
Friday – The horses are both
good for the saddle and
uncommonly gentle – Father
thinks he will leave them
some where here or at George-
town
Gov – Fish
Birth: 1808-08-03 Death: 1893-09-07
and family
x Birth: 1838-02-25  Death: 1925-02-16  Birth: 1844-08-31  Death: 1909-01-20  Birth: 1844-08-31  Death: 1909-01-20  Birth: 1851-06-24  Death: 1923-04-10  Birth: 1856  Death: 1887-12  Birth: 1841-05-02  Death: 1908-12-05  Birth: 1846-02-19  Death: 1902-09-16  Birth: 1849-04-17  Death: 1936-01-15  Birth: 1849-04-17  Death: 1936-01-15  Birth: 1816-12-17  Death: 1887-06-30 

leave town some time this
week – he has not sold his
house yet – Preston King
Birth: 1806-10-14 Death: 1865-11-12

is here – and the other new
senators – The members of the
other house have gone home –
were it not for the office
seekers the town would
seem somewhat deserted –
I shall write again before we go
May God bless you
Mother –