Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, April 28, 1861

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, April 28, 1861
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-04-28

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, April 28, 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: jxw 2021-03-04

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Auburn. April 28th 1861 
My dear Father
Mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
has
written you how anxious
we have been – and how
much your letters rejoiced
us – The cheering news
which comes now it is
a great relief – All is
excitement here – and
all minor Topics dropped
to make way for the
common one – the war –
The merchants have
hung their windows
with tricolors – flags are
flying from public
and private houses –
every day there is a
presentation of a bible
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or a sword or revolver
to the Captain of some
one of the companies –
They are constantly drill-
ing – many whom we
know have enlisted –
Mary Titus’s
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1895-12-19
brother
Birth: 1842-08-29 Death: 1884-11-06

was among the first –
Abijah Fitch
Birth: 1799-01-06 Death: 1883-01-30
has two sons
x Birth:   Death: 1897 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1840-06-02  Death: 1887-07-04 Certainty: Probable Birth:   Death: 1879-06 Certainty: Probable

who have done so – Ran-
dolph Kimberly
Birth: 1833-06-10 Death: 1890-03-25
is a first
Lieutenant – and a great
many more – Even John
Curtis
Birth: 1814-08-13 Death: 1885-08-16
and Blanchard
Fosgate
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11
have hung out
their flags in self defence –
Gentlemen, ladies and
children show their ^union^ sentiments
by wearing tricolors in ribbons,
rosettes – cravats – bonnet
strings with flags on
the ends etc – The booksellers
are supplying themselves
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with envelopes and
paper stamped t with
the flag – Last Sunday
two or three of the churches
hung them out – and
the Star spangled Banner
was sung at the Uni-
versalist church – Even
Mr Platt
Birth: 1823
– so I heard –
preached a very quiet
sermon on the state
of the Nation - Night
before last there was
a meeting of ladies at
Mr Lee’s
Birth: 1816-09-10 Death: 1869-06-02
to decide on the
organisation of a society
to sew for the hospitals
of the volunteers – it is
the old Samaritan So-
ciety of which Aunty
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

was President – enlarged –
Yesterday Mary Titus, Mary
Woodruff
Birth: 1849-05-19 Death: 1906-04-10
Esther Perry
Birth: 1846-11-19 Death: 1938-10-20
and
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I went around with
subscription papers –
we collected eighteen
dollars and were pro[ mised ]
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more – on South, Gro[ ve ]
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and William streets a
There was a fund of sixty
dollars subscribed at
the society - Today a[ t ]
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four o’clock Mr Hawley
Birth: 1819-08-19 Death: 1885-11-26

of the First Presbyterian
church preaches to the
volunteers at Corning Ha[ ll ]
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it is raining – but I shall
try to go –
The garden is looking
beautifully- the hyacinth
are all out- I have been
working there, and setting
out violets –
Mr Sackett
Birth: 1811-11-18 Death: 1895-09-06
and Aunty ha[ ve ]
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just come down from
Pisgah–
Ever your affectionate little girl
Fanny