Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, July 12, 1859

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, July 12, 1859
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1859-07-12

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Adeline Seward, July 12, 1859

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location: Manchester, England, UK

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revision: amc 2020-11-30

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Editorial Note

William Henry Seward’s series of travel letters in 1859 are organized and listed by the date of each entry.
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Manchester July 12th. Tuesday
My dear Fanny,
The mail from London
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brought up your
mothers
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
letter ^of the 28 th June^ your own and Willies
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
envelope containing
Mr Terrills
Birth: 1805-05-31 Death: 1880-05-08
proposition. All of which were very wel-
come, and I do not even disdain even Nep’s
Birth: 1856 Death: 1859
epistle.
That letter has inspired me with more respect than
I have generally accorded to the writer, as it shows
that he is acquiring some confidence in himself.
Last evening there was a large dinner party
here of which the Mayor
Birth: 1805 Death: 1873-02-23
, the bankers
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, and some of
the leading citizens
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of Manchester constituted the
guests. To day I have visited from cellar to garret
the storehouse of Sir James Watson
Birth: 1804-03 Death: 1878-04-06
, which is on
a scale I think, surpassing even Stewarts in New
York
. He is Knight in consideration of his good
conduct when mayor of this town. I have lunched dined
at the Club meeting there several distinguished
Merchants and manufacturers. To day I dine
at seven with Mr Childe
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and then after a very
pleasant sojourn here of three days I shall tomor-
row take my departure for Stoke and Newthorne
in Staffordshire. I quite enjoy the idea of leaving
England. Either at London or at Paris I shall
put my superfluous baggage, books, and papers into
a trunk and dispatch it home, and to go over
the Continent with the smallest possible weight so
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as to avert the inconveniences and losses of too which attend
such an encumbrance.
All I have seen here confirms my conviction
that our American trade is enriching England and
not relatively enriching ourselves. That the system
is made so prejudicial to us by the influence of
the Slave states in their desire to abridge the
importance of the free states.
Your mother asks whether she shall send
my letters to Dr Henry
Birth: 1804-08-02 Death: 1884-03-09
, or show them to Col
Carpenter
Birth: 1821 Death: 1885-10-25
. They are written under a belief that
Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
Anna
Birth: 1834-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
Mr & Mrs Wharton
x Birth: 1808-02-07  Death: 1868-09-09  Birth: 1812-10-29  Death: 1889-10-09 
George Grier
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20

and other relatives may like to read them, Mrs
Birth: 1815 Death: 1878-03-12

and Caroline Schoolcraft
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
, with a few friends like
Col. Carpenter, William Beach, Ethan Worden
Birth: 1803-10-21 Death: 1861-03-22

Mr Austin
Birth: 1805-09-26 Death: 1880-12-20
, and Mr Peck
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may like to see them
or either of the Mr Morgans
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I should be pleased
to have them see them– but on no account must
they pass by mail to any person other than one of the
family– or lost or not immediately returned,
and not one word in them must ever get into any
print or be spoken of in print.
I am at the bottom of the page. I hardly
know when my next letter will be closed.
Your affectionate Father
William H Seward.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Manchester
July 10-11-12 th
No 11-
Private