Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Clarinda McClallen, February 2, 1859

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Clarinda McClallen, February 2, 1859
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1859-02-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Clarinda McClallen, February 2, 1859

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

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Clarinda McClallen
Birth: 1793-05-01  Death: 1862-09-05

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: cjb 

revision: zz 2020-12-23

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Wednesday Feb 2d
My dear Clara
I have been talking
with Dr Jayne
Birth: 1817-02-06 Death: 1897-11-09
about you
and will write while
the conversation is fresh in
my mind – I described
the appearance of your
breast to him very minutely
but he will not admit
that it bears the least
resemblance to a cancer –
a schirrous or cancerous
tumour being invariably
hard while yours is cer-
tainly soft and always
has so appeared to me –
He says he has cured by
homeopathic medicine two
or three tumours in differ
-ent

[top Margin] Remember me to Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16

Your affectionate
Frances
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stages of progress, which
were pronounced incu-
-rable cancers by other
physicians – He will
write me when he gets
home what he thinks
is best for you to take,
prefers waiting until then
as his attention is so
much distracted here
that he cannot study
as he wishes – He
does not know Dr Blake
Birth: 1789 Death: 1861

but has heard of his
successful practice –
I have not seen Mr
Scharff
Birth: 1834-02-26 Death: 1868-07-13
, Frances
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06
husband
and have seen Frances
but once – she looked
well and seemed very
happy – They are to
dine here tomorrow
and the next day
Page 3

at the Presidents
Birth: 1791-04-23 Death: 1868-06-01

Frances has a lame
foot from wearing a tight
shoe which prevents
her attending coming
parties – Our family
x Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29 

all went last evening
to Gen Cass’
Birth: 1782-10-09 Death: 1866-06-17
– had a
pleasant evening – are
to go to Mrs Douglas’
Birth: 1835 Death: 1899-01-26

tomorrow evening after
the dinner –
Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
saw Capt. Palmer
Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18

at the party last night –
who told her he thought
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
would come
home in April – He
had written to Augustus
about his commission of
Capt which Capt. Palmer
thinks secured – and with
which all of Augustus
friends seem pleased
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I shall be too if he
wishes it but it does
not make him any
more honourable in my
estimation – I suppose
you have a letter from
him before this time – he
said he wrote by the
same steamer which
brought mine –
I am glad to be able to
be about again to day
for Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is sick with
one of those sore throats
which threaten Quincy–
I am very glad Dr
Jayne is here – Anna
has gone to the Capitol
with Mary
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
and the Dr –
Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
, looks well and sends
love – Tell Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
I will
write tomorrow if Fanny
should be worse in a
few days at all events

[right Margin] Love to Eliza
I enclose a check -