Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 12, 1857

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 12, 1857
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1857-11-12

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 12, 1857

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Unknown
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transcription: sts 

revision: fdc 2020-01-12

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My dear Son,
I am thinking that you may
defer writing until a short time before
you leave and then a letter from me
would not reach you at Baltimore
so I write now – I have letters from
Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
but he says nothing of coming
here for the present – there is so much
trouble with money matters that my
body seems needed at home – I hope
Fred will come before he loses all the
health he gained this Summer –
Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
and her family
x Birth: 1854-02-13  Death: 1931-05-23  Birth: 1822-02-03  Death: 1888-11-24 
went home last
Saturday – Thomas Miller
Birth: 1817-07-09 Death: 1864-07-23
came Friday
was detained here by sickness until
Tuesday when he went to N. York leaving
his mother
Birth: 1792-05-02 Death: 1866-01-14
and two children
x
Unknown Birth: 1852-03-17  Death: 1877-07-26 
with us –
They go to Rochester when the Rail
Road is again passable – a break in
the canal, occasioned by the late
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heavy rains, has washed away the
track in two or three places between
here and Rochester, which it will take
some days to repair – Such heavy and
continuous rains have never been known
before in this part of the country –
Much damage has been done here by
the overflowing of the basements of houses –
Aunt Clara’s
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
basement has been submerged
the water standing 3 ft. on the floor –
Some persons have lost much of their
winter stores, tea coffee sugar sweetmeats &c
The rain has ceased for the present
yesterday was a fine day the first we
have had for 2 weeks – We improved
it to by going to make the long promised
visit at Mr. Sackett’s
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
– Aunt Clara
was not able to accompany us owning to the
state of her house, which somewhat marred
the pleasure of our visit – We had an
agreeable time Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
& I
went over in the cars after dinner
returning at ten the same evening –
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Mr
Birth: 1805-06-27 Death: 1887-01-14
and Mrs Stanton
Birth: 1815-11-12 Death: 1902-10-26
were invited to
meet us – I have been long wishing to
meet Mrs Stanton – She is a woman of
great A abilities – and now that she
has laid aside the bloomer costume is
womanly and attractive – though she
still has some rather ultra notions
on the subject of the education of
women – I should judge her own marriage
not to be of the most fortunate kind –
it was in opposition to the wishes of her
Father, Judge Cady
Birth: 1773-04-29 Death: 1859-10-31
. She and Mrs Wilkeson
Birth: 1820 Death: 1899

are sisters – Mr Stanton told me that Mr
Wilkeson
Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02
was far from well yet –
Aunty and Frances spent two or three days
at Pisgah – Frank
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enjoyed it exceedingly –
he worked o out in the field, with Patrick
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feeling quite large, and rather contemptious
towards his nurse
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Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
writes me that he is well – has little
work at this time – all business is dull –
the poor of the large town are beginning to
make themselves felt – I am thankful
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that with all the pecuniary troubles
there is no scarcity of food in the
country – it will I trust be distributed
somehow – Father is quite well now –
he talks of going to Orange Co next week
and from there to Washington – I shall
not go until February – I wish to attend
to Fanny’s studies here – I think Aunty
may go with Father though it is not
settled yet – Catherine
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
writes from
Philadelphia I suppose she will go to
Washington some time this week –
Aunty Clara Aunty & Fanny send love
God bless you
Mother–
Let me hear of your arrival at Key
West as early as possible –