Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Frederick William Seward, February 3, 1861

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Frederick William Seward, February 3, 1861
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-02-03

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Frederick William Seward, February 3, 1861

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Frederick Seward
Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25

location: Unknown
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transcription: lbk 

revision: tap 2018-06-29

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Auburn Feb 3d
My dear Son
I have your letter
of last Wednesday — It
is pleasant to hear from
your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
so directly
I know his time must
be all consumed and
do not myself see how
he is to get away —
I am glad he continues
hopeful about the Union
though I see and hear
much to dispel hope
What do you think
of the evident purpose

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Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is not well to day
has some fever the Dr
Birth: 1830-06-24 Death: 1891-04-27Certainty: Probable
says –

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I wish Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
would not write such
indiscreet articles —
Page 2

of a portion of the
Democratic party going
for the South — I have
for some time seen indi-
cations of this kind in
the lower strata – every
day exposes some unfaith-
-fulness —  There are young
men here who say publicly
that in case of a collision
they will fight for the
South — Did you
read the Article in the
world Last evening
(Saturday) taken from
the London Times
Although the conclusion
affirms their desire
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that unity should prevail
many things are
said which I should
think would have the effect
to promote Disunion —
The rein of a Southern
Republic large &
powerful, with a Northern
Confederacy shorn of its
territory weak & distracted
certainly is not a picture
to alarm secessionists —
It is so natural for a large
portion of mankind to support
the strong and rich, that
a conviction of the truth
of these fancies would soon
turn the scale —
However we can do little
now but “stand & wait” —
Page 4

I doubt whether any
compromise that good men
at the North could offer
would be accepted by the
South –  Kate’s
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
husband
writes from Alabama that
he hopes no more compromises
will be offered as the South
are determined to accept
none — His opinion cannot
be of much consequence I give it
for what it is worth —
I have a letter from Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02

to day — She is very busy —
We know so little what a month
may bring that I am half of
the time filled with apprehension
for your & your fathers safety
May God keep you
Mother —