Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, June 18, 1857

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, June 18, 1857
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Date:1857-06-18

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, June 18, 1857

action: sent

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

location: New York, NY

receiver: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: tml 

revision: ska 2019-12-03

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Astor House Thursday morning
June 18.
My Dearest Frances
After leaving Albany yesterday
morning I met the New York newspapers
from which I learned that the political
disputes between Mayor Wood
Birth: 1812-06-14 Death: 1881-02-14
and our
friend Draper
Birth: 1795-04-14 Death: 1866-11-06
and his associates
Unknown
had
ripened into a conflict attended with
violence, and I knew then my presence
here in a time of such excitement was
liable to be misinterpreted. I therefore
stopped last night at General Webb’s
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07

house, where I had the pleasure of
finding the General himself as well
as Mrs Webb
Birth: 1826-01-02 Death: 1890-01-16
and her children
x Birth: 1856-04-24  Death: 1928-12-24  Birth: 1853-12-04  Death: 1948-03-19  Birth: 1852-05-06  Death: 1900-06-18  Birth: 1851-01-31  Death: 1926-10-29 
.
The young ladies
x Birth: 1827-11-30  Death: 1896-10-03  Birth: 1830-12-14  Death: 1918-12-04 
had gone to Boston.
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I spent a very pleasant evening with the
family and enjoyed all the surroundings
of the magnificent villa more than I
can describe.
This morning I came to the City,
but I have not registered my name
and I am hoping to avoid noticing
although of course I meet every body
I have nothing as yet from Professor
Bache
Birth: 1806-07-19 Death: 1867-02-17
, and nothing from home.
Of all the men whom I desired to
consult about business, for Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
,
I fail in finding any at home to
day. I think now that I shall go
home with Grinnell
Birth: 1803-03-03 Death: 1877-11-24
and consult
him at Conn at his country seat
this evening, and then return to
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the City tomorrow morning to peruse the
object before me.
Incidental to this visit was
the transaction of some business with
Samuel Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
, but he is in
Court to day.
A further purpose was the
procuring a lithograph map of
our city lots. I have this business
under way.
Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
is here, Governor King
Birth: 1788-01-03 Death: 1867-07-07

&c — I shall dine with them here
and go up to night to stay with
Grinnell if I meet him and if I
do not then with Webb.
Of course I do not yet see when
I shall leave the city.
Your own Henry