Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, March 4, 1860

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, March 4, 1860
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1860-03-04

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, March 4, 1860

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sender: William Seward
Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: sss 

revision: ekk 2015-07-07

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Auburn March 4th
My dear Mother
I have just returned
from church, the attendance was small
and the sermon not particularly interesting.
The wind has been blowing a perfect
gale all day and it almost seemed as
though the steeple at St Peters would blow
down while we were in the church.
A full report of Fathers
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
speech reached
us on Firday and was published in
both the dailys, there is but one opinion
in regard to it here, and judging from
the papers from different parts of the state
it seems to be universal[ l ]
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y conc[ l ]
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uded to
be the greatest speech he ever made, every-
body I meet has read it and unlike
most other speeches, nobody appears to find
anything exceptionable in about it.
Hon Christopher Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
was yesterday
nominated for Mayor and will
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probably be elected on Tuesday by
a large majority.
I believe I wrote you that I was going
to Albany. I spent Monday night
with Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
who I found quite well[ . ]
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Mrs Wharton
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09
& John
Birth: 1841-12-14 Death: 1896-10-14
were both with
him. I went down partly to see
Henry Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
and partly to talk
with Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
about the banking
or real estate business. I found both
of them away so I accomplished ^little^ except
selling a few of our copy books to the
Hudson RRR. I expect to finish
the 100 book for the Central Road this
week.
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
spent part of the day here yesterday
and made up such a quantity of cake[ , ]
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pies &c that I think I shall want
nothing ^more^ for the next six months.
The Barn at Pisgah is progressing finely
and will much ^improve^ rather than distract from
the beauty of the place, it is not large
or expensive, but is tastefully built and
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well proportioned.
I was much pleased last evening
by a surprise which Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
had for
me, when I went down there last
evening. I found, she had a
beautiful new piano, you can imagine
that it is a handsome one as it cost $400
it is to remain at Mrs Watsons
Birth: 1812-03-30 Death: 1893-11-13
until next
June when it will take its place in the
parlor at Pisgah. I hardly know which
was the most pleased with it, Aunty or
Jenny, both have already made a half
a doz suggestions about getting it into the
house where it shall se it &c &c[ . ]
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The ice house still remains without a
customer, and I see no other way to
dispose of it than to hire someone to
[ pedle ]
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Alternate Text: peddle
it, and let it go in there name
please ask Father if he thinks this
would be advisable provided no purchaser
can be found during this month.
Please ask Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
to send Col Carpenter
Birth: 1821 Death: 1885-10-25

one of the Congressional Directory's[ . ]
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Love to all
affectionately your son
Will
Mrs Seward
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Will – March 4
1860