Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., October 9, 1857

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., October 9, 1857
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1857-10-09

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., October 9, 1857

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29

location: Albany, NY

transcription: rmg 

revision: fdc 2019-12-19

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Auburn Oct 9th
Friday Morning
My dear Son,
We had a fright
last night– Lewis Rich-
ardsons
Birth: 1819 Death: 1897-03-21
old store room
was burned, endangering
all the adjacent buildings
Fortunately the night was
calm or the house on
this side and probably
Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
would have
gone– Mr Davis
Birth: 1808-03-19 Death: 1872-04-26
house
was on fire at one time
I have never known so
efficient fireman – they
saved the old shop
which was so near
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and so inflammable –
We were up until 3 oclock
(the fire commenced at 12)
giving the fire companies
such refreshment as we
could get – crackers
cheese herring coffee
& beer. Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is
feeling very sorry that
No 3 came too late
for the coffee – We
would have commenced
again & made more had
we known it last night –
Mrs Miller insists that
her house was not in danger
though they were obliged to
keep it wet the whole
time – she is mourning this
morning over the loss of
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a rosebush and the desecration
of her back door yard!! –
The store room containted
unfinished furniture to the
amount of $ 200 – the
building was valued at
3 or 400 –The furniture
had an insurance of $1000
I asked Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
to send
you your money yesterday
— he then thought he should
be in Albany to day but
I doubt now whether he
goes before Monday – has
business in N. York – will
see you on his way down –
He only returned from
Chautaugua Wednesday
night. Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
was
here Wednesday – looks
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better than when she
returned from Roxbury
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
was there yesterday
and is lamenting the
death of poor Dash
Unknown

Fanny (horse) was so
frightened last night that
she did not lie
down all night – We
are in much confusion
to day so good bye
& God bless you –
Mother
Love to Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
& Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02