Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 24, 1858

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 24, 1858
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1858-01-24

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, January 24, 1858

action: sent

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: Unknown
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transcription: nwh 

revision: vxa 2020-11-07

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Washington Jan 24
My dear Son,
I came here the 22d
accompanied by Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
& Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

We left Auburn Tuesday – Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

came home the Saturday previous –
I tried to persuade her to stay
until I came and thought to
keep her a month longer but
she preferred to come home –
She proposes boarding with Aunt
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
the remainder of the Winter
taking charge of our house and
her own – which will afford
her sufficient employment –
I found Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
well –
Mr Wilkeson
Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02
is confined at home
much of the time by illness which

[top Margin] and the Prince of Prussia
Birth: 1831-10-18 Death: 1888-06-15
– I could not per-
suade Will to stay – he went home Saturday
afternoon – Fanny sends love – God bless you
Mother
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increases Fred's labour and responsibilities
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
was at Albany attending
a Military Association – appeared
in uniform with much apparent
satisfaction – Caroline
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09
came to see
me at the Astor house – She
seems pleased with housekeeping –
Caroline Schoolcraft
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
is to come
some time next week and make
us a visit – Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
has also
written again for Anna – He declines
having any one else to supply
my place – She having no domestic
cares to interfere can leave home
easily – I obtained her mothers
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09

consent with little difficulty now
that the Holidays are past –
I think Anna would rather stay
with Fred – still I think she
will come –
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Your letter from Cape Sable the 5th of
this month came just as we were
leaving home – it was very entertaining
I sent it to Aunt Clara –
Last Wednesday Prof. Bache
Birth: 1806-07-19 Death: 1867-02-17
wrote
to Father that a new order had come
from the War department, detaching
you from the C.S. – Your Father
went immediately to see the Sec.
of War Mr Floyd
Birth: 1806-06-01 Death: 1863-08-26
and says
he has arranged matters for
the present – I presume you
will be permitted to remain where
you are until Spring – or until
your present work is finished –
Monday – Capt Palmer
Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18
has just
been here to enquire about you – he
is on the Coast Survey or in the
C.S. Office for one month – He
says you are secure for 6
months at least – I hope before
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that time you will be able to come
home and perhaps find something
more agreeable to do than fighting
with the Mormons – I enclose a
letter which came to you at Auburn
as we were leaving home – I send also
a printed letter from Ft Bridger
which I found in the Times –
I hope the Government will succeed in
getting some supplies for the Army
in time to keep them from suffering with
hunger as well as cold – I have never
known so mild a Winter in Auburn
The Thermometer seldom fell below 20 –
Of course it is still milder here –
I am expecting Mr
Birth: 1822 Death: 1896
& Mrs Mellen
Birth: 1830 Death: 1902
this
evening to make a short visit – Mr
Mellen was to preach in N. York yesterday –
Mr Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
went away some time
in December & has not returned – I
doubt his coming back for the present
To night Lord
Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1898-12-19
& Lady Napier
Birth: 1823-12-20 Death: 1911-08-24
give a ball
in honor of the marriage of the Princess Royal
Birth: 1840-11-21 Death: 1901-08-05