Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 3, 1858

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 3, 1858
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1858-03-03

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 3, 1858

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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: ssb 

revision: vxa 2020-11-22

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Washington March 3d
My dear Son,
Your letter dated the
20th of Feb - came yesterday – it was
a very short time on the way compared
with the last – It is pleasant to know
that you were well ten days ago –
We shall be very glad to see you here
in April, but if you continue in the
Army I am fearful you will be sent
to Utah to join your regiment –
The Army bill was defeated in the Senate
your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
voting for it – There seems
to be an opinion that it may pass in a
modified form when sent from the
House of Rep – I have not been able
to send you the Sec of War's
Birth: 1806-06-01 Death: 1863-08-26
report – there
are none here – I did not succeed in

[top Margin] Your Fathers health & spirits are much better
than last Winter – He continues his dinners
every Tuesday -
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my attempt to get one from the
Capitol. I think I wrote you
that Caroline Schoolcraft
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
had come
she came the same day Mr Wharton
Birth: 1808-02-07 Death: 1868-09-09

left – she is here yet – has waited the
last week to hear your fathers speech
which is to be spoken to day – They have
all gone to the Capitol to hear it –
I will send you a copy as soon as it
is printed – Since Mr Hale
Birth: 1806-03-31 Death: 1873-11-19
made
his ungenerous attack on your father
in the Senate, many of the public
journals have intimated a belief that
he has left the Republican party
and given up the Anti Slavery cause –
His speech will set this matter right
and may probably impair much of
the kindly feeling now manifested
by the South – It is of little importance
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if a man does right what the
world think of it at the time – It is
pretty sure to be understood at last –
even were it not, the approval of
ones own conscience is infinitely more
important than the approbation of
others – Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
writes very frequently
she went last week to visit Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24

and Frank
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23
– her visit was short but
she seemed to enjoy it – left Frances
& Frank well – Frances thinks she will
not come to Washington this Winter
Frank is so well and happy at home – I
think her own health is better than it
was last Winter – I had a letter
from Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
a few days ago – She
says she is well – Aunty stays there nights
and days too when she is not at our
house – Willis
Birth: 1830
cooks for himself and
Nep
Birth: 1856 Death: 1859
– He writes to your Father that
he is "very much impressed since
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Mrs Seward left home" – This is certainly
a desirable thing – Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
hears
frequently from Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
– He wrote me
that Mr Wilkeson
Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02
was in New York
too ill to work and becoming alarmed
about the state of his health – I think
Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
is in the office much more
than formerly – Mrs Weed
Birth: 1797 Death: 1858-07-03
is just now
more comfortable though there is no hope of
her entire recovery – Mrs George Blunt
Birth: 1756 Death: 1869-04-14

was here to tea last Friday with Captain
Birth: 1808-01-04 Death: 1899-10-25

& Mrs Page
Birth: 1818 Death: 1904-01-12
– where she is on a visit – She
enquired about you – Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is well
he writes to me every two weeks – says
their business continues to be rather dull.
William Henry
Birth: 1835-01-09 Death: 1926
(Uncle George's
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
son) has completed
his course of study at Albany and gone
home – Bothe the Mr Blatchfords
x Birth: 1798-04-24  Death: 1875-09-04  Birth: 1820-03-09  Death: 1893-07-07 
have been
here twice this Winter – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
sends
love with Anna & Caroline – Fanny attends
dancing school – the class meet for the present
at Lord Napier's
Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1898-12-19
– She has also commenced French
& is looking for a Music teacher – God bless you
Mother –