Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, August 29, 1858

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, August 29, 1858
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1858-08-29

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, August 29, 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: Auburn, NY

transcription: msf 

revision: agw 2020-11-25

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Albany Aug 29th
My dear Mother
I have been spending
the evening up at Mr Whartons
Birth: 1808-02-07 Death: 1868-09-09
where I very
unexpectedly found "Gus"
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
he came last evening
& has been staying at the Delavan House he is
now on his way for Auburn where he will probably
reach before you get this letter, he came down
to my room with me and stay[ e ]
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^d^ about a half an
hour & has now just left here, I think he is looking
full as well as usual if not better.
"Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
& Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
I believe think some of goin[ g ]
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up to
Auburn this week but I do not know that it is
definitely decided upon; I wish they could go while
"Gus" is at home as it would make it more pleasant
for them to all be there together.
We are anticipating a great celebration here on
next Wednesday evening in honor of the success of
the "Telegraph Cable", at which time a procession is
to be formed of the Military Firemen & other people
general[ l ]
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y, they are to march through most of the principal
streets in the City where they think they will be most
seen & appreciated, they of course will avoid all streets
on which the house’s are less than three stories high
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as it is supposed that people occupying house
of smaller [ dementions ]
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Alternate Text: dimensions
are of the more vulgar
chaps who have no right to see what they cannot pay
for; during the moving of the procession outsiders
are to make the most noise possible in the shortest space
of time, this is to be done in [ seemly ]
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Alternate Text: seemingly
different manners
such as firing cannon ringing bells blowing tin horns
& a variety of other ways, by doing which it is supposed
that they will be showing there great joy at the success
of the great " Telegraphic enterprise of 1858." Among
other things the stores are all to be illuminated, in this
part of the proceedings I come in for a share of the
general enjoyment & may be found at any time from
eight to ten oclock in the third story of Davidson
& Peele's store setting on a keg of nails with a pair of
snuffers in one hand by which to assist the candles
in making the illumination & a pail of water in the
other by which to suddenly extinguish them in case of
there setting fire to anything.
I have now been in my present boarding place for
nearly two weeks & unlike most other boarding houses
it improves on acquaintance I find Mrs Benne
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the lady of the house to be a very nice person & quite
agreeable in her manners about the house, the table
is also very good, Mr Benne
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is simply Mrs Bennes
husband.
Love to all
Your affectionate son. Will
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Please ask Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
to send me the check for
this month.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Will
August 29th
1858