Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, January 20, 1861

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, January 20, 1861
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-01-20

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, January 20, 1861

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: lag 

revision: crb 2018-06-22

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Auburn. January 20th/61
My dear Father
It has been snow-
ing all the morning. Yester-
day I went skating on a little
pond opposite William
Beardsley’s
Birth: 1816-03-27 Death: 1900-01-25
– There were six or seven
other girls
Unknown
— and we took our lunches
and stayed about two hours — I
think I shall like skating
very much — There are a great
many parties that go up to
the lake — Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
& Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
went
about a week ago.
Mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
, Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
& I are
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going to Albany this week
to see Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
before he joins
you in Washington. I am
very glad you are to have
Fred and Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
there for it
will make it much easier and
more pleasant for you. We
expect to go on Wednesday.
I have been to spend the evening
at Ellen Perry’s
Birth: 1844-09-14 Death: 1920-04-14
twice lately — She
comes here an hour every Tuesday
and Friday morning — and we
read Rollin’s History
Author: Charles Rollin Publisher: William Borradaile Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1825
together —
One evening when I was there
Mrs Perry
Birth: 1819-10-04 Death: 1898-02-12
asked me to read
some poetry for her, and when
I had finished she said “Now
shall I read ^to^ you from my
favorite author?” We all
said “Yes—” I thought she
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meant Shakespeare of
whom she had been talking —
So she commenced — it was
your St Paul speech — & she
read the part about The
Missisippi & St Lawrence three
times — saying she thought it so
very beautiful — I suppose
Mother has written you about
Aunty’s
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
reading your speech to
us — but I must add my ad-
miration to the rest. Last
night she had a glowing letter
from Dr Henry
Birth: 1797-12-17 Death: 1878-05-13
— & yesterday
morning one from Mr Mellen
Birth: 1796 Death: 1870Certainty: Possible
.
We are going to ask Miss How-
land
Birth: 1827-11-20 Death: 1929-06-29
to come here forr a few
days when we come back
from Albany — she was here
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about a month ago — and
said she would. I shall be
very glad when Fred goes to
Washington for I do not like
to have you there alone — All
send much love
Your affectionate little girl
Fanny