Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, June 8, 1861

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, June 8, 1861
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-06-08

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, June 8, 1861

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: alc 

revision: crb 2018-06-25

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Page 1

Saturday June 8
My dear Anna
The summer
has come and will
soon pass away. I hope
not without our seeing
you, though I have
no intimation that
you think of coming
away from Washington.
I fear you will find it
very hot there next month.
As I am unable to get
any assurance from the
Express company that a
packet will go through

[top Margin] I am very thankful you all keep
well, may God preserve
you from harm.
very affectionately
Mother.

Page 2

safely I cannot send
Eliza’s
Certainty: Possible
clothes in that way
but must wait for some
private opportunity. In the
mean time you had better
get for her such summer
clothes as she most
needs – I wrote to Eliza
about coming home because
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
wished it
though I see no prospect of
Catherine
Unknown
going away at
present – When she does
go I suppose Eliza must
come home, as she cannot
keep house with the insufficient
help she can hire, while
she keeps boarders. I hoped
if Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
came home
Page 3

he might persuade her
to make some other
arrangement – it seems so
useless for her to live as she
does now – Still she must
keep house somewhere, somehow –
I think she would not live
a year were her thoughts left
to center upon her own condi-
-tion in her present state of
health. I see how much more
uncomfortable her disease makes
her when she is visiting, without
her accustomed employment.
Barrett
Unknown
was to leave Montgomery
for home the 1st of June, as nothing
has been heard from him, we
incline to the opinion that he
is drafted into the Southern
Army.
Page 4

However he may come yet –
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is in trouble to day.
Lilly her cow, is very sick
we fear she may not recover
independent of Aunty’s attachment
to her she is a very valuable
cow – Devonshire – one of
the best milkers I have every
seen – Aunty is here part of every
day, her girl
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Possibly Catherine Fanning
Certainty: Possible
or Margaret Lucas
Birth: 1850-10 Death: 1830-08-19
has the peculiar
merit of being willing to stay
alone, so Pisgah is taken
care of – I wrote to your
Mother
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09
yesterday. If you are
not coming home I hope she
will come & see me, though
I have not proposed it until
now, as I know she would press
you to be here –