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

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 24, 1858
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Date:1858-12-24

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, December 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: Key West, FL

transcription: mlb 

revision: agw 2020-11-16

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Washington Dec 24th
My dear Son –
Your first letter from
Key West came last week
I sent it to Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
– we
are always glad to be assured
of your safe arrival –
There is not much change
here since I wrote last –
We have been hoping Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02

might get here before New
Years as Mrs Bowen
Birth: 1816 Death: 1872-07-15Certainty: Probable
cannot
come – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
wrote that Mr
Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
was coming and
had invited Anna to come
with him– I wish Fred could
come himself –
The most exciting event in
the political world is
the landing of a cargo of
slaves in Georgia and

[top Margin] interesting – I think you
would enjoy
reading it – May God bless
you & keep you from evil –
Mother –


[left Margin] Fanny sends love & “Merry Christmas”
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the purchase of them by the
inhabitants of said state –
This verifies your Fathers
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

Rochester speech –
Lord Napier
Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1898-12-19
thinks the
President
Birth: 1791-04-23 Death: 1868-06-01
is earnestly engaged
in taking measures to suppress
the slave trade –
The Napiers
x Birth: 1850-07-03  Death: 1874-02-21  Birth: 1846-09-22  Death: 1913-12-06  Birth: 1852-01-21  Death: 1919-08-19  Birth: 1848-11-13  Death: 1938-03-09  Birth: 1823-12-20  Death: 1911-08-24 
are removed to
Holland – "promoted" as the
English call it – they are
to leave here some time
in February after the newly
appointed minister Lord
Lyon
Birth: 1817-04-06 Death: 1887-12-05
arrives – I think
now they are settled here
they would much prefer
remaining a few years
longer – The gay circle
in Washington will miss
Lady Napiers balls – she
is very amiable & will
be generally regretted –
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Lord Napier had leased
Gov. Fish's
Birth: 1808-08-03 Death: 1893-09-07
house for 4
years – at a high rent –
this will be one of the in-
conveniences of their removal –
The Secretary of Legation
Mr Edward Erskine
Birth: 1817-03-17 Death: 1883-04-19
will
remain with the new
minister – he has been
here but a short time –
Christmas morning –
I hope you may have
a "happy Christmas" When
will you ever spend this
day with us again – Your
Father is to dine at Mr
Blairs
Birth: 1791-04-12 Death: 1876-10-18
at Silver Spring,
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
Will
has gone to see a newly
married couple
Unknown
with
whom he is acquainted, and
who wish to be taken to
places of interest in Washington –
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
and Kate
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
have gone
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to Church – Bell
Birth: 1858
and I are
at home enjoying the
bright sun shine – We have
had dark rainy weather
much of this month which
makes the sunshine unusually
agreeable – Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
writes
that all are well at home
as usual – She is now
with Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
& Frank
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23
spen-
ding the holidays
Maria’s
Birth: 1824 Death: 1858-12
family get along
pretty well so far –
Capt. Palmer
Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18
dined here last
week – he seems much interested
in your promotion – I wish he
would let it alone as your
orders to join your regiment
would be sure to follow –
I was sick that day and
did not see him – Will &
I are reading Irving's
Birth: 1783-04-03 Death: 1859-11-28
Life of
Washington
Author: Washington Irving Publisher: G. P. Putnam Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1860-1861
– it is exceedingly
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
William H. Seward
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Lieut. A.H. Seward
Assist. Coast Survey
Key West
Florida
WASHINGTON D.C.
DEC 26 1858
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