Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, June 14, 1859

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, June 14, 1859
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1859-06-14

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, June 14, 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 2020-12-10

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London
Tuesday evening June 14th 1859
My dear Fanny
The steamer is in and brings me your
mothers
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
letter and your own of the 27 th of May, from
which I learn that you have been sick, which I learn
with much regret, I should be much alarmed
about your health if I did not remember
that for a long time Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and
Williams
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
feebleness gave me
what proved afterwards an
unnecessary degree of
solicitude –
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I
think that
the worst of the
war in Europe is an
event that the great powers
will oblige Austria (by their
neglect) to make terms of peace
for herself, on pain of losing portions of
her empire which she might may never save
The charge of Ministry here will travel to this
solution
I came in yesterday evening from Rowfant
having spent the day in riding about the country in that
vicinity and especially in a visit to Brantridge House
which is a very interesting ruin of a castle demolished
by Cromwells
Birth: 1599-04-25 Death: 1658-09-03
army in the civil wars – England is beau-
tiful in June – but so is our own country –
At night I attended a small party
given by Madame Delepierre
Unknown
the wife of the Belgian
Consul
Birth: 1802-03-12 Death: 1879-08-18
– The company was chiefly literary persons
and artists
Unknown
– I met among them the French
Red Republican exile Louis Blanc
Birth: 1811-10-10

He is very small in figure
and shape resembles Mr
Douglas
Birth: 1813-04-23 Death: 1861-06-03
of Illinois but
his expression is that
of a honest
gentle-
man
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man as indeed he is – I heard music
which almost ravished me – and one
of the pieces was a song of Longfellows
Birth: 1807-02-27 Death: 1882-03-24

The Sartiges parents
x Birth: 1827-03-11  Death: 1915-04-04  Birth: 1809-01-17  Death: 1892-10-05 
and children
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have arrived after a sojourn in Scotland
They embark on Saturday or Sunday
for France – I have been much with
them yesterday and to day –
This morning I went with them
to the British Museum – and lost myself
for two hours among the relics of ancient
Greece, Rome
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, Egypt Nineveh
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Iraq

and
Babylon – They are the monuments with
hieroglyphics and inscriptions of which
you see so many copies and from which
Mr Layard
Birth: 1817-03-05 Death: 1894-07-05
has written the history
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of vio-
lence for a period reaching back three
or four thousand years above the Christian
era, But I must take catalogues to you
for no one can give any intelligent account by letter.