Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, April 20, 1864

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, April 20, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-04-20

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, April 20, 1864

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: Unknown
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transcription: lmd 

revision: obm 2016-09-02

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Department of State
Washington, April 20 1864
My dearest Frances
Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has just
shown me your letter. I regret very
much to hear that Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has
not improved so much as we
have supposed.
I am glad that you
got your contraband boy very safely
to his new home.
We are saddened with
military misfortunes. The Fort
Pillow
massacre is shocking and
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horrible. While it is now clear that
in any case the slave holders would
have made this war one of bar-
barity to the negroes and so
have provoked retaliation I nev-
ertheless cant sufficiently regret
and deplore every rash and
violent utterance on our side
which can now be quieted by
way of finding a subterfuge on their
part. A war of ideas is always
a fearful war. It is made doubly
fearful by the wild indulgence of
the passions.
The woes in Louisiana is another
painful lesson that the chances
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of battle are nearly equal and
that success is even less by skill
and valor than by the
employment of superior force.
If the weather remains fair we
shall probably have new con-
flicts in more fields than one.
Our home is lonely without
Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
.
Mr Cary
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20Certainty: Probable
seems to have
enjoyed his visit. He proposes
to leave us tomorrow
Ever your own Henry.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Henry April
20
1864