Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 31, 1863

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 31, 1863
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1863-07-31

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 31, 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: pxc 

revision: crb 2018-01-29

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Department of State
Washington, July 31st, 1863
My dearest Frances,
I have your letter of the
24th instant.
Mr
Birth: 1817-02-23 Death: 1878-02-28
and Mrs Day
Birth: 1824 Death: 1881-01-22
could ill bear
the loss of their child
Birth: 1858 Death: 1863-08-05
. I hope they
may be spared that great affliction.
I am sorry that Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
and
Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
were disturbed. But so it is
Society never advances steadily in any
line of import. Reaction occurs Hope-
fuly the truth is not overpowered in
them.
Mr. Day will inquire about the
side-walk. I muse over the waste
of labor in embellishments – when the
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country is exposed to danger on every side.
One I suppose must conform or at least
adapt himself to the temper of a
public in regard to matters when
they mean well.
I am now being appealed to
declare war to drive The French
out of Mexico, if I cannot coax them
out. The Union is a subject of
35 ^living^ parts. One third are trying to damage
themselves and the other two thirds lan-
guish of the pain. Oh how I wish
for the power to compel them to reunite
so as to be able to coil and
spring on the [ countrarians ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: contrarian
of the
country.– I should despair sometimes
if I did not know that there is a
Provider all wise and good
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Henry July 31st
1863