Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, March 6, 1861

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, March 6, 1861
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-03-06

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, March 6, 1861

action: sent

sender: William Seward
Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Janet Seward
Birth: 1839-11-18  Death: 1913-11-09

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: crb 

revision: tap 2018-01-23

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Editorial Note

Original in possession of Ray and Sue Messenger, Moravia, NY; digitized, transcribed, and included on website with their permission.
Washington Mar 6th
My dear Jenny
Yesterday was
the first in twelve years that
Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
was a private Citizen
his time in the Senate having
expired the day before. To
day he assumes the duties of
the office of Secretary of State
and with it more responsibility
& care than seldom ever falls
to the lot of one man, by one
half of the country denounced
as a man dangerous to their
institutions (slavery) and by
a large [ porton ]
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Alternate Text: portion
of the other half
equally denounced on account
of his conservatism, should
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the country be saved from
civil war and disolution it
can only be by his guidance
of the present administration
and his courage to pursue a
course for which friends and
neighbors will desert him, this
he will do, although he should
sacrafice everything [ excet ]
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Alternate Text: except
honor
but what to me seems very
hard is that he will be obliged
to bear all mistakes of the
administration and will receive
little or no credit for all
the fortunate actions made under
his direction.
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
was to day nominated
by the President
Birth: 1809-02-12 Death: 1865-04-15
and confirmed
as Assistant Secy of State
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The Col
Birth: 1821 Death: 1885-10-25
& myself have
been all day in pursuit of
a Carriage & pair of horses but
as yet have not found just
what will be wanted.
A letter from Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04

to day informs me that he
will not be here until Friday
and as it is necessary for me
to see him, it will be impossible
for me to reach home on
Staturday although I hope
to do so early next week.
I have not seen Theo
Birth: 1824-12-31 Death: 1905-03-23
to
day, I think the Col will
wait and return with me
Your own
Will
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T.M. Pomeroy
AM. C
Mrs Wm H Seward Jr
Auburn N.Y.
WASHINGTON. D.C. FREE
MAR 7 1861
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Stamp

Type: postmark

Hand Shiftx

Janet Seward

Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
March 8th
1861
Unknown
W.H.S.
to be Secy of State