Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr., to Frances Miller Seward, July 8, 1860

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr., to Frances Miller Seward, July 8, 1860
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1860-07-08

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr., to Frances Miller Seward, July 8, 1860

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

location: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

receiver:  
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Birth:   Death: 

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: msr 

revision: agw 2020-12-22

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Russells Hotel
Quebec July 8th
My dear Mother
We arrived here yesterday
morning after a delightful trip down the
St Lawrence. Leaving Clayton on Thursday
and reaching Ogdensburgh the same morning
where we took a smaller steamboat, as the
larger ones do not run down the rapids.
Until we reached the Long Sault, the weather
was very unpleasant, but before we came to
the second rapid the raind had stopped
and the remainder of the day was delightful
No account that I could give would give
you any idea of the exciting scene of
decending the rapids. the steam is entirely
shut off and the boat is carried along a
the rate of twenty miles an hour by the force
of the current alone, at one moment you
see directly in front of you a ledge of rocks
with no preceptable chanel and the next
you seem to be leaping from them into the
foaming waters below. At seven oclock the
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same evening we reached Montreal where I
found your letter together with Fannys
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
and
one from Mac
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24
and another from Corning
Birth: 1794-12-14 Death: 1872-04-09
, the
last of which was full of regrets that he was
making you so much trouble. I am much
relieved to hear that he is so much better
and hope that conere this he is entirely recovered.
All day Friday we spent in seening things
of interest about the city, and in the evening
took the boat for Quebec, yesterday Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09

was quite tired out and remained in he room
all day so that we defered going any where
until Monday. I called on Mr Dunscombe
Birth: 1804-02-23 Death: 1891-12-16

in the after noon at the Custom House and then
went with him to his house where where I
found Mrs
Birth: 1817-12-10 Death: 1892-01-01
and Miss D.
Birth: 1841-02-12 Death: 1914-02-05
Please tell Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

that I delivered the letter and the messages
as he desired. In the afternoon they called
on Jenny and seem disposed to show us
all possible attention. I think we shall
probably remain here until Wednesday and
then return to Montreal. from there we shall
go to Rouse's Point down Lake Champlain to
Ticonderoga then down lake George to the Fort
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William Henry Hotel where we shall spend
next Sunday.
Jenny sends much love to all
Affectionately your son
William H Seward Jr
Mrs William H Seward
Auburn N.Y.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Will
July 8th 1860