Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 12, 1857

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 12, 1857
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1857-12-12

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, December 12, 1857

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

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

location: Unknown
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transcription: vxa 

revision: ska 2019-12-05

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Saturday Dec 12th
My dear Henry,
I have many kind
letters from you & Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
has
that beautiful and affecting
one written for her birth day–
which she will place among
her treasures–
I wish I could with
your hopeful disposition see
as much good in prospect
from the change of course
in Stephen A. Douglas
Birth: 1813-04-23 Death: 1861-06-03
position
as you do, or that I could
as generously forget all
that he has done heretofore–
but I cannot– I have no
faith now, in his adherence
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to any right principle any
longer than he shall
find it for his own interest
to do so– While I am
willing to admit his sagacity
in discovering that the “Truth
is mighty and will prevail”
earlier than his political
associates, I cannot think
of him as one who ever
has, or ever will make
any sacrifice to advance
its progress– I believe he
would support slavery again
tomorrow, if he thought
that, the readiest way
to attain the goal of
his ambition – Still if
he brings additional
strength to a good cause
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it would be unwise
to repel him–
Sharp instruments are not
always made of the truest
steel and should be used
cautiously–
We are all glad that Brennan
sentence has been commuted–
Pomeroy
Birth: 1824-12-31 Death: 1905-03-23
has been unremitting
in his exertions to save him
from the gallows– Neither
he or David Wright
Birth: 1806-03-18 Death: 1897-02-24
believes
him even in accessory to
the murder- I did ^not think^ feel
that he was proved to be the
murderer & am relieved by
his escape– He is now in
the State Prison– The bill
at Comings & Co– was for the
silver– Fanny’s birth
day passed satisfactorily– She
sends much love– I write
to Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
this evening–
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A large roll of maps
of the Little Farm
are here– Maria
Unknown
’s house
is nearly ready for its
occupants– I have used up
the daylight– so good night
Your own
Frances–