Letter from Anna Wharton Seward to Frances Miller Seward, February 28, 1861

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Letter from Anna Wharton Seward to Frances Miller Seward, February 28, 1861
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-02-28

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Letter from Anna Wharton Seward to Frances Miller Seward, February 28, 1861

action: sent

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

location: Washington D.C., US

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: jmm 

revision: amr 2021-01-21

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Thursday
Feb'y 28 th 1861.
My dear Mother,
We have taken
the Club House on Presidents
Square – on the East side of
the Park. Do you recollect
it? It is oldfashioned
& spacious, stands alone
with windows on all sides,
a deep yard with stable
in the rear. It will be
very pleasant in Summer
& convenient for entertaining.
I hope you will like it?
On the 1 st floor there is a
wide hall with Library
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bedroom & dressing room,
on one side – diningroom,
pantry, & servants diningroom
on the other .
On the 2 nd three large
Parlors, bedroom & bathroom.
On the 3 rd floor four bed-
rooms & 2 two dressingrooms
one with bath & water closet.
There are five rooms in
the 4 th story.
The Kitchen & Laundry
are in a back building,
two servants rooms over
the laundry.
The rent $1800 is very low.
New houses half the size
were offered at $2000 and
$2500. The owner
Unknown
having
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all his fortune invested
in real estate in this city
was very anxious to rent
it. It is in quite good
repair but he offers to
paint & repaper some
of the rooms – carry in
the city water, put in
gas fixtures & make
whatever alterations we
suggest.
I look forward to the
moving with much pleasure.
I shall enjoy exceedingly
arranging things in the
new house.
Mrs Adams
Birth: 1808-04-25 Death: 1889-06-06
sends you
much love.  She has all
her children
x Birth: 1845  Death: 1928-08-19  Birth: 1848-06-24  Death: 1927-02-13  Birth: 1838-02-16  Death: 1918-03-27  Birth: 1835-05-27  Death: 1915-03-20  Birth: 1833-09-22  Death: 1894-08-14 
here, and
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She says her house is so
full & so noisy  she is
quite distracted.
We are invited there to a
Sociable tonight.
The letters increase as do
the visitors.   Fifty-five
came this morning – letters
I mean. I have been
obliged to engage a man
to answer the door-bell
I wanted Edward, who came
last winter when John
Birth: 1827
was
sick, but he was engaged.
Gen l Cass
Birth: 1782-10-09 Death: 1866-06-17
is very anxious
we should engage his Steward
Unknown

a white man, but we will
not make any permanent
arrangements till after the 4 th
Mr
Birth: 1809-02-12 Death: 1865-04-15
& Mrs Lincoln
Birth: 1818-12-13 Death: 1882-07-16
dined with 

[right Margin] us privately last evening.
Please write me about anything you want
done. We are all well. I feel quite like
myself again. Love to all.
Anna.