Letter from William Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, April 11, 1858

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Letter from William Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, April 11, 1858
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1858-04-11

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Letter from William Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, April 11, 1858

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: rmg 

revision: amr 2020-10-04

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Albany NY 11th
My dear Mother
I believe that it is
three weeks since I last wrote, I
have lately been very busy at the store
as our spring business has now fairly
commenced so that we have plenty to
do.
Frances Cheesbro
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
went down to N. Y.
about a week since and returned last
Tuesday. I took breakfast with her at
the Delaware” the morning that she
went through, she also had a lovely friend
of hers from N.Y. with her, a Miss Cobb
Birth: 1833

who is going to Canandaigua to make
a visit, Frances tells me that
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
has sailed for England
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a piece of news which I was much
surprised to hear as I did not know
that he intended going.
Last Sunday evening I attended
church with Mrs Wharton
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09
at Dr
and this evening I have been to hear
Dr Rodgers
Birth: 1817-12-18 Death: 1881-10-23
whose curch is close by
my boarding house.
Friday mornings papers brought us
the sad intelligence of the death of
Thomas Benton
Birth: 1782-03-14 Death: 1858-04-10
the truth of which was
soon after denied but turned out after
all to be true, I also saw by yesterdays
papers the death of Mr Greig
Birth: 1779-08-06 Death: 1858-04-09
of
Canandaigua.
I supp^ose^ that by this time you are com-
-mencing to think of coming home as
there will be no need of your remaining
in Washington if you have given up
moving until next fall Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
I
suppose will stay until you are ready
to return, it hardly seems possible
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that three months have passed since
you went down, I have not been up
home since I started from there with
you in January I think that it is
doubtful if I go up very soon as I am
at present too busy to leave the store.
I went last Tuesday night
to hear Dr Mackay’s
Birth: 1814-03-27 Death: 1889-12-24
lecture I was
very much disappointed in the lecture
and found him a very poor speaker
so much so that it took away the effects
of the beautiful passages, the only
redeeming thing in the whole lecture was
his own poem the Primrose which he
read very well.
I have not seen Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
since Frances was
here he was then quite well.
Love to all
Your affectionate son
Will
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Unknown
Mrs Seward
April 11
Will – 1858