Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 21, 1863

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 21, 1863
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1863-07-21

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 21, 1863

action: sent

sender: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Washington D.C., US

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: aca 

revision: crb 2018-01-29

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Department of State
Washington, July 21st 1863.
My dear Frances
I have stolen an hour
from the office to attend the wedding
of Baron Gerolts
Birth: 1797-03-05 Death: 1879-07-27
daughter
Birth: 1842-06-10 Death: 1912-06-15
, and
I return to find your letter.
I wish indeed that
you and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
were here with me
where you could at least be free
from the brutal avengers of
faction. It is a painful discovery
that we make in these times of
revolutionary excitement how much there
is of ignorance and cruelty yet
remaining in the society that sees to
us when it is undisturbed company
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and thereby peaceful and
if not just. Do not give yourself
a thought about the House. There will
hardly be any body desperate
enough to do you personal harm –
and if the Country in its matured
state of excitement will destroy our
home, the sacrifice will be a
novel one for our Country and
not without benefit.
Your own Henry,
Mrs. Frances A. Seward.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Henry July 21st
1863