Letter from George Washington Seward to Frances Miller Seward, August 29, 1861

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Letter from George Washington Seward to Frances Miller Seward, August 29, 1861
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Date:1861-08-29

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Letter from George Washington Seward to Frances Miller Seward, August 29, 1861

action: sent

sender: George Seward
Birth: 1808-08-26  Death: 1888-12-07

location: Florida, NY

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

location: Unknown
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transcription: dxt 

revision: cnk 2018-01-18

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George Seward
Florida Aug 29th 1861
My Dear Sister
Your very welcome
letter of the 21st came to hand
yesterday for which we are very
much obliged. I presume that
if you have had letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

that you have been still more
gratified by a short visit from
him. I was glad to hear that
he wcould spend the time from
this hurricane of public life
to go home if only for six days
and half of that time on the
route, half a loaf it is said
is no better than no bread.
Are they not like Angels visit, few
and far between.
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Since I wrote you, Mary
Birth: 1857-06-27 Death: 1946
and her
mother
Birth: 1824-02-11 Death: 1895
have both had an attack
of the putrid sore throat, you know
that it was this disease which
carried another Sister
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
into another
world, I dread to hear of it, but
why have I been so much, so
very much favored, they are
both nearly recovered and by
care and prudence in guarding
against taking cold will I
think recover their wonted
health, Julia
Birth: 1857-06-27 Death: 1936
is healthy, fat and
mischievous as any little
sprite in the land,
I regret to hear of Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

continued ill health, I have had
my fears for him, I had hoped
that camp life would be beneficial
Poor Caroline
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09
seems to have
a hard time with her children
x Birth: 1857-05-22  Death: 1929-11-27  Birth: 1852-02-26  Death: 1927-04-04 

Is it not strange that friends
wealth and position offer an
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afford no barrier to the approach
of disease and suffering
Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
has also been
very sick, dangerously so. I believe
he is recovering but slowly,
Fannie Scharf
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06
has been spending
some days with Mr Griers
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20
family.
As I shall go out to Goshen, I
thought I would acknowledge your
favor at the earliest moment.
As to political affairs and the
great slavery question as I live
in hopes of seeing you one of these
days we will pass it by with
only this one remark, that though
defeated at Bull Run, the effect
on the country and for the ^its^ future
welfare will be most beneficial
You say you expect to go on
to Washington this fall, will
you not do us the pleasure of wel-
come you to our home. please
come spend a day or more
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in becoming acquainted with
your nieces here, we wish them to
know their Aunty and we would
try and make your visit pleas-
ant, I am not without the hope
that in the mean time we may
see you at home —
I am writing in great haste
as I am in a haste to go to
Goshen in search of the plague
of housekeeping, help
Give our regards to all and
Believe Me Affectionately
Geo. W. Seward
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Julia Seward

Birth: 1824-02-11 Death: 1895
I would add my wishes
also that you might make
us a visit on your way to
Washington – it would give
us much pleasure to see you
and yours once more under
our roof and what we could,
that we would do, most cheer-
fully for your comfort and
pleasure With much love, Julia