Letter from Frederick William Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, February 5, 1861

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Letter from Frederick William Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, February 5, 1861
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-02-05

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Letter from Frederick William Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, February 5, 1861

action: sent

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

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Anna Seward
Birth: 1836-03-29  Death: 1919-05-02

location: Unknown
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transcription: ecw 

revision: tap 2018-06-29

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Page 1

Washington Tuesday,
My dear Anna,
Virginia goes against
Secession. This is the beginning of
the end of the whole movement.
The people here say Father’s
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
speeches
brought her back to loyalty to the Union.
I went up to the Capitol
to hear Slidell
Birth: 1793 Death: 1871-07-09
& Benjamin
Birth: 1811-08-06 Death: 1884-05-06
announce
the retirement of Louisiana from the
Union, or rather their own from the
Senate. Slidell took the bullying,
Benjamin the pathetic line. Neither
got any response even from the
galleries.
Page 2

In the hall of the Capitol I
met your uncle Henry
Birth: 1797-12-17 Death: 1878-05-13
, who invited
me to the Navy Yard to see his
invention. He has been travelling
through Maryland and says Washington
will be attacked in six days.
But it won’t. The Virginia Election
has saved Maryland, and averted
the danger of disturbance here.
Last night we dined with
Lord Lyons
Birth: 1817-04-06 Death: 1887-12-05
and the members
Unknown
of his
Legation. To day a number of the
Delegates
Unknown
to the Peace Conference dine
with Father.
I sold Mr Steele
Certainty: Possible
the gas fixture in the vestibule among the rest.
Your own
Frederick