Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Frederick William Seward, June 15, 1861

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Frederick William Seward, June 15, 1861
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-06-15

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Frederick William Seward, June 15, 1861

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Frederick Seward
Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: les 

revision: amc 2021-04-05

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Saturday June 15

My dear Son
I have a letter
from you each of the
last three days which
is very kind– we are
rather more than usually
anxious about you all
at this time– The news-
papers write that an
immediate attack upon
Washington is expected
and I do not well
see myself what else
the secessionists can
do. How often I wish
you all here– it is so
quiet and the garden
is so attractive. Your
lilly bed is in its glory
and the peony bed
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is very gay, ‘phlox’
is just beginning to open
its eyes, while the
‘star of Bethlehem’ and
ragged Robin contend
for the supremacy along
the borders– The Senega
perfumes the air with
her pretty white blossoms
& the roses yellow &
pink are just beginning
to show their colours.
June is a beautiful month
The scarlet runners
which I planted in the
Labyrinth are growing
almost as rapidly as
Jack’s bean stalk, the
sticks have a tendency
to complicate the walks
so much that the Lab
yrinth already affords
much amusement.
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Dr Wayland
Birth: 1796-03-11 Death: 1865-09-30
stayed
here and at Auntys
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

part of two days –he
is a little changed by
foreign travel, not im-
proved, and withal he
is evidently thinking of
a young wife to take
the place of Mrs. Wayland
Birth: 1801-12-09 Death: 1872-10-22

who left him a year ago.
I almost dread seeing any
one I used to know 10
or 12 years ago, presuming
that I have degenerated equally
myself I feel incapable
of giving or receiving
pleasure. I had a very
pleasant call from Mr
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04

& Mrs
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
R. M. Blatchford
a few days ago– they
were on their way to Ni-
agara
with a party, in
a special train for the
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benefit of the Directors of
the road. They stayed
but a few moments.
Ethelinda
Birth: 1836-05-25 Death: 1908-10-01
and the Misses
Schuyler
x Birth: 1846-10-06  Death: 1942-12-06  Birth: 1842  Death: 1922-11-07 
were with them
but not here. Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

talks of going to Washington
next week. Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
&
Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
would both like
to go with him but he
thinks it an unsuitable
time. I believe he is right
You know how much we
all deplore the losses at
Bethel. I do not think
Gen. Butler
Birth: 1818-11-05 Death: 1893-01-11
report shows
that he acted wisely. The
attack was ordered without
sufficient knowledge of
the position or means of defense
of the enemy. 4 cannons against
a mashed battery of 30 was
fearful odds– our men
acted with wonderful honor
Best love and earnest prayer
for the safety of all Mother