Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, December 4, 1858

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, December 4, 1858
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Date:1858-12-04

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, December 4, 1858

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Sarah Hance
Birth: 1820-01-25  Death: 1867-06-10

location: Palmyra, NY

transcription: atb 

revision: crb 2017-06-13

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Washington Dec 4th 1858
My dear Miss Hance,
I have been
waiting some time for a letter from
you, but mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
thinks I must
write first, and as I have the
leisure, I will now do so.
As you will see from my date,
we are again in our winter home,
our new house is in a pleasant
locality, fronting toward the
south. I suppose it will not
give you much information to say
it is on F street, between 13th & 14
it is one of the streets running
down from the Treasury, and quite
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near Willard's hotel we are
growing accustomed to another
house, and it begins to look quite
cheerful, being nearly furnished
in some parts. I have a very
nice little room, in the same
place as yours, at Mr Woodhull's
Birth: 1813-04-02 Death: 1863-02-19

house – it is papered with blue
and drab striped paper and
has the same carpet as the other
and the maple bureau too. then
I have a stand to write upon,
and a lounge also a mantle
shelf quite filled with the only
ornaments I have here. Yester-
day we went out to look for
a hall oilcloth, and found some
very pretty blue & straw colored furni-
ture chintz which I h am to have
my lounge cover and curtains made
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of.
After I came here for the
first week and part of last I was
quite ill with a bad cold and
cough, but now I am almost
well.
I have my little dog Bell
Birth: 1858
,
here, he travelled all the way
in my arms he behaved very
well, and is now a great deal
of company for me Victoria I
gave to Mary Titus
Birth: 1846 Death: 1913-03-14
, who has
made a great pet of her.
We are feeling quite badly at
a letter received this morning
from Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
saying
that Maria Freeman
Unknown
, whom
you remember, died very suddenly
on the 2ed after two days illness
she was looking so well when we left.
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and we were much attached
to her.
I hope soon to hear from you –
much sooner than last winter
and much oftener too.
Mother sends much love
to you – How is your hand?
Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is here for the winter, he
and father have gone to church –
Now be sure to write soon to
Your affectionate
Fanny Seward
P.S. Thursday I will be
fourteen years old.
Fanny
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Miss Sarah D. Hance
Palmyra
New York
WASHINTON
Dec 6
1858
FREE
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
William H. Seward