Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, April 17, 1860

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, April 17, 1860
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1860-04-17

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, April 17, 1860

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: crb 

revision: ekk 2015-07-10

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Auburn April 17th
My dear Father
Our Barn together
withe the Carriage House & sheds were
entirely burned down this evening[ . ]
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The two horses were smothered before
it was possible to get them out, although
every effort was made.
The fire first started as near as I
can judge in the Cow shed, about 1/2 past
seven while I was at tea, before I
could reach the barn it was entirely
enveloped in famflames so much so that
it was impossible to enter. The
middle shed & Carriage House were ^not^ thenen on
fire but in consequence of the high wind
and scarcity of water these buildings could
not be saved. The house for a time
was in a little danger but by a well
directed application of water there was
no damage done. The fire is still
burning all although we anticipate no
further danger from the sparks.
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I have a number of policemen
together wi stationed about the fire and
around the premises, to take care of the
article removed from the Carriage House &c[ . ]
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I shall remain up all night and see
that every thing is kept safe. Nothing
in the house has been disturbed.
The cows & calfs were got out safely
and are now in Mr Morgans
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
barn where
I shall let them remain until tomorrow
and then remove them up to Aunties
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
barn.
I will endeavor to have the ruins removed
as fast as possible and a temporary fence
put up on Wm st for the present.
Tell mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
that I think the horses
were smothered by the smoke before
the fire reached them, in which case they
could have suffered very little.
During your absence last summer I
had the barns & ^Carriage Hous^ insured for $400 which will
probably be paid[ . ]
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Your Affectionately son
Will H Seward Jr
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Aunty was too unwell to come
up to the house[ . ]
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Reason: 

The building was very evidently
set on fire, as it was closed &
locked before dark, no light having
been around there for more than
a week[ . ]
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Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Will
April 17
1860