Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, June 3, 1859

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, June 3, 1859
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1859-06-03

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, June 3, 1859

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sender: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: London, England, UK

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: csh 

revision: agw 2020-12-02

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My dear Fanny London June 3, 1859
To day I had Appleton Blatchford
Birth: 1845-09-09 Death: 1905-10-22
and Willie
Napier
Birth: 1846-09-22 Death: 1913-12-06
at breakfast. They are two very gentle
nice lads – They invited you here to see the
sights for which they open their eyes so widely.
I lunched at Grosvenor House, the
city residence of the Marquis of Westminster
Birth: 1795-01-27 Death: 1869-10-31

He has been among the Kindest of my friends,
here – the party only Lady W
Birth: 1797-11-08 Death: 1891-11-11
, her daughter
Birth: 1840-07-07 Death: 1923-03-24

Lady Napier
Birth: 1823-12-20 Death: 1911-08-24
, Lord N
Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1898-12-19
and myself – We
spent an hour in the picture gallery, It con-
tains hundreds of pictures, and many fine
statues, Not an picture without historical in-
terest and all originals by masters the
most renowed, Titian
 Death: 1576-08-27
, Velazque
Birth: 1599-06-06 Death: 1660-08-06
, Caracci
Birth: 1560-11-03 Death: 1609-07-15
, Murillo
Birth: 1617-12 Death: 1682-04-03
,
Claude
Birth: 1604 Death: 1682-11-23
, Reynolds
Birth: 1723-07-16 Death: 1792-02-23
, West
Birth: 1738-10-10 Death: 1820-03-10
, and so on indefinitely
Our visit was made most agreeable and was
only an anticipation of a great dinner a week
hence –
I dined with a large party gathered
for me at Lansdowne House, given by that
most venerable and estimable person the
Marquis of Lansdowne
Birth: 1780-07-02 Death: 1863-01-31
– His daughter
Birth: 1819-05-16 Death: 1895-06-26
the
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Countess of Shelburne presided – I cannot recal
the names of the whole party. Among them Lord
Macaulay
Birth: 1800-10-25 Death: 1859-12-28
, Lady Norton
Birth: 1808-03-22 Death: 1877-06-15
, the Napiers,
Lord Macauley is a heavy moulded broad
dogmatical Scotchman. I respected him much
and had a little encounter of wits with him
Lady Norton has lost her beauty, and appeared
less attractive than I expected – The party
was a very agreeable one –
At night I saw for the first time
a London rout, A grand ball given by
the Countess of Derby
Birth: 1805-03-17 Death: 1876-04-26
, wife of the Prime
Minister
Birth: 1799-03-29 Death: 1869-10-23
of Great Britain – Princes
x Birth: 1844-08-06  Death: 1900-07-31  Birth: 1841-11-09  Death: 1910-05-06 
and Princesses
x Birth: 1848-03-18  Death: 1939-12-03  Birth: 1846-05-25  Death: 1923-06-09  Birth: 1841-04-25  Death: 1878-12-14 

of the and Dukes and Duchesses of the
Royal family – Indian Princes
x
Unknown Birth: 1838-09-06  Death: 1893-10-22 
and all
the Diplomatic corps. It was a thorough
jam, beating the Napiers ball, I conversed
with Royalties and Nobles, ad infinitum
It was two o,clock when I came home –
and here is the brief and hurried journal of
it – Tomorrow – will bring new labors of the
same sort