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

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Letter from Anna Wharton Seward to Frances Miller Seward, May 28, 1861
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Date:1861-05-28

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Letter from Anna Wharton Seward to Frances Miller Seward, May 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: sgw 

revision: tap 2018-07-03

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Page 1

Tuesday
May 28th
My dear Mother
It seems
a long time since I have
written to you, but Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

has kept you informed
of things here.
These receptions once a
week & trying to get the
house in order between
times has kept me very
busy.  The parlors look
so pretty adorned with
flags – I wish you could
see them.  There is no
furniture yet in two
parlors, but it makes
all the more room, and
the bare floors are
better for dancing.
Page 2

I bought a pretty green &
oak carpet for the lower
Hall, & a new carpet for
the lower stairs.
We bought two mirrors & a
round extension dining-
table from Mrs. Gwin
Birth: 1815-06 Death: 1901-06-26
, &
a carpet which I am
having fitted for one of
the parlors.
We were to have had
a reception tonight- & I
had sent out a number
of cards – but Mrs Lincoln
Birth: 1818-12-13 Death: 1882-07-16

came home & wanted
to have a reception on
Tuesday so I had to
recall our invitations
& postpone it till Thurs-
day. I hope it will be
the last for the weather
Page 3

is getting warm.
We like this house very
much, the situation is
delightful. There are so
many trees about us that
we cannot see any houses
or even into the Park oppo-
site. There are more
birds than I thought
could ever be in a city.
Dr. Henry
Birth: 1797-12-17 Death: 1878-05-13
is staying with
us, and is disappointed
not finding you here.
There is also an old wom-
an
Unknown
here from Tennessee
has been here a week.
She came on to ask the
President if something
could not be done to
protect the Union people
in her state.
Page 4

The Secessionists have threat-
ened to murder her hus-
band
Unknown
& sons
Unknown
& burn their
house– They expect to be
obliged to leave the State.
You came near having
a visit from Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
.
He was going to New York
with Mr Cameron
Birth: 1799-03-08 Death: 1889-06-26
by
a special train on Saturday
evening. Fred & I left him
at the Depot, but when
we returned home we
found him here.
Mr Cameron had conclu-
ded he could not go & had
countermanded the train.
He was much disappoint-
ed for he wants so much
to see you, but I do not
think he will try to get
off again.
Page 5

We have a letter from
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
which I will send
you. We received
yesterday from Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22

a barrel of dried fruit
a half barrel of fresh fish,
a keg of butter –
a box of preserved fruit
in cans.
a box of sugar, 50 lbs coffee
& a cheese.
I think with these pro-
visions we can stand a
siege –
Mr DeZeng
Birth: 1793-03-16 Death: 1882-08-15
writes Fred
that Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
had gone
to Elmira to join his
regiment, & that Carrie
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09
&
the children
x Birth: 1852-02-26  Death: 1927-04-04  Birth: 1857-05-22  Death: 1929-11-27 
are going
home with him.
Page 6

I will send you the spoons
after we have had a
Diplomatic dinner next
week.   We like the
Steward
Unknown
very much.
Love to all Affectionately
Your daughter Anna
Hand Shiftx

Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Anna May 28th
1861