Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, March 18, 1860

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, March 18, 1860
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1860-03-18

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, March 18, 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: keh 

revision: ekk 2015-07-07

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Auburn March 18th
My dear Mother
You can imagine that
we were much surprised and pleased to
learn by teleg[ r ]
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aph on Tuesday that Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

& Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
would be here the next day, we
had supposed that they were to come by
the way of Albany and that Father would
come no fa[ r ]
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ther than there. Anna remained
here until Thursday noon and then started
for Albany alone. It seemed quite strange
to have them stop at the hotel intsead of
our own house.
Father asked me as soon as he arrived
if there was anything to prevent my returning
with him. I did not exactly see how I
was to leave just at present, but I told
him I would be ready to start this week.
He however changed his mind and concluded
that I would be needed more here than
at Washington.
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during Fathers stay he had a constant
succession of visitors and was allowed
just about a[ s ]
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much time as he usually
is when he remains in any place for a
day or two. I was glad he reached
home in time to attend the funeral of
Wm Beach
Birth: 1816 Death: 1860-03-14
. I supposed you noticed his
death in the papers, poor Mr Beach, he
will be a sad loss to the Republicans
of Cayuga Co not only as a citizen
but also as a public man.
Dennis
Birth: 1827
took the occasion while Fathe[ r ]
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was home to get on one of his sprees,
I sent him home telling him that
if he repeated the performance must look
for another place, next morning I
talked to him some time and he appeared
to be quite sorry. He has now just
been in to tell me that he has been
to Father Creedon
 Death: 1870-05-08
this morning and
signed the pledge and that hereafter
he intends to make up for previous faults.
I am glad to here that you will
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be home by the middle of next month
it will be very pleasant here then
in fact if it were not for the little
patches of snow laying along the
fences, you could almost suppose
it summer already.
Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
is not so well this week
and I fear will make he[ r ]
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self
more so if she continues to sew so
steadily. Geo Watson
Birth: 1842-08-29 Death: 1896-10-29
came home
from school last evening and says
he shall not return again. Mrs Watson
Birth: 1812-03-30 Death: 1893-11-13

is much perplexed what business to
put him into or where to find him
a place.
The good people of Auburn were much
suppised and disappointed to learn by
the evening paper that “Senator Seward
left in the morning train for Washington”
as they with their usual suggestive im-
agination had concluded much to their own
satisfaction that “the Senator had come
home expressly to attend his Son
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
’s wedding
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which was to take place during the
present week” (and everyone was to be
invited )[ . ]
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Mr Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
arrived last Friday
and brought your letter (dated Feb 28th)
and the Scarf Pin it is a beautiful
thing and has been greatly admired.
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is quit well and has
gone to church this morning. Our
new minister Mr Pratt
Birth: 1823
does not arrive
until the first of April.
Love to all
Your affectionate son
Will

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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Will
March 18
1860