Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, August 13, 1860

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, August 13, 1860
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1860-08-13

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Sarah D. Hance, August 13, 1860

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Sarah Hance
Birth: 1820-01-25  Death: 1867-06-10

location: Macedon Center, NY

transcription: atb 

revision: tap 2017-04-01

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Auburn August 13th/60
My dearest Miss Hance,
What has be-
come of you? I have been expect-
ing a letter if not a visit, this
long long time. I don't know
when your vacations commence
but it is some time since
the schools here closed. Do come
as soon as you can, I shall write
both to Palmyra and Macedon,
to be sure of you. Won't you start
just as soon as you receive this?
you know we had so short a
visit from you last year, I want
a long one this time.
There is so much to tell you
that I scarcely dare begin – if
I could only talk them
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events over with you, it would
be so much more satisfactory –
I hope to do so and so shall not
describe at length, but only give
you a little catalogue to
incite your curiosity. There is
a strange mixture of grave and
gay
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gay

Excited with merriment or delight • Having many or showy colors • An ornament •
to be sure. First comes Will's
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

wedding– there would be no end
to my letter if I attempted to
tell you about that –Then
a stream of company –Then
a sad events, your old pupil
Sarah How
Birth: 1843 Death: 1863-08-10
has been greatly
afflicted, in three weeks time
she both her father
Birth: 1801 Death: 1860-07-15
and only
brother
Birth: 1845 Death: 1860
have been taken
away. Mr How first a month
ago yesterday, very suddenly,
with apoplexy, then dear
little Eddy, with disease of
the heart and lungs, terminat-
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ing in inflammation of the
bowels, brought on by excessive
grief at his fathers death he
was confined to his bed a little
more than a week, and died
last Monday morning
at twenty minutes of seven, ex-
actly the time that Mr How
died, and as you will see, three
weeks and a day after him.
The family are utterly destitute
as Mr How died penniless. There
is great sympathy felt for them
by the whole city. I have been
much with Sarah who is of
course in great distress – Eddie's
death was very beautiful.
I have been twice away
this summer, first with Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

to Niagara, from Wesdnesday
until Saturday, and had
a delightful time. Our
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party consisted of General
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07

& Mrs Webb
 Death: 1848-07-01
, Seward
Birth: 1851-01-31 Death: 1926-10-29
and
Walter
Birth: 1852-05-06 Death: 1900-06-18
their eldest boys –
and Senator Wilkenson
Birth: 1819-01-22 Death: 1894-02-04
of
Minnesota – they all went
on to Canada – Again with
Mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
& A Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
, to Pokahoe,
(at Tarrytown) where the Webbs
live – we reached home last
night Saturday night.
Can you excuse such a scrawl?
O do come! all desire it. Mother
is asleep or I know she would
add her invitation to my own –
I fear your hand is troubling you –
no doubt it needs change of
air so do come – I shall
hope for you very soon –
Believe me
Your affectionate
Fanny Seward
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Miss Sarah D. Hane
Macedon Center
Wayne Co
New York
AUBURN
N.Y.
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