Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, May 15, 1864

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, May 15, 1864
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-05-15

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, May 15, 1864

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: sss 

revision: crb 2016-07-05

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Sunday May 15th
My dear Son
I am glad you went
to Ft. Foote and made
a visit before Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was
ordered away - now Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09

and Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
are in Washington
again. I have been home
but one week yet so
many important events
have transpired that it
seems more like a
month. We have many
'Extra’s' published and hear
everything that is passing
very soon. Mr Perry
Birth: 1817-07-08 Death: 1886-01-29


[top Margin] and thank her for her punctuality
in writing – God bless you
Mother

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very kindly comes to tell
us every thing that the
paper does not publish
as soon as the telegraph
reports it. I believe the
telegraph office is seldom
closed – it has been open
all day. It is encouraging
to hear the progress of our
Army though the immense
sacrifice of life is terrible.
I am glad Will is not
with the Army though
he would not be pleased
to have me say so. I very
much doubt whether he
could endure the fatigue
Page 3

of a long movement without
being confined to his bed.
The war is a righteous
one – if war must be – it
is not like that to which
you were headed in Mexico,
the difference is a great
relief to me. I long for
the time to come when “there
shall be no more war” –
The country is beautiful
now and so peaceful
here that one can hardly
realize the scenes of
blood and suffering in
Virginia – We are all
sewing diligently for the
hospital.
Page 4

Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is not so much better
as I hoped she would be
when the weather became
warm. She has less strength
can walk now but very
little. She is with us
part of the time. Catherine
Barrett
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
takes leave of the
house when she is away.
Catherine knows nothing of
her husband – it is a long
time since she has heard
from him. Mr Rathbone
Birth: 1803 Death: 1870-01-05Certainty: Possible

has moved into Aunt
Clara’s
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
house – so Mr Day
Birth: 1817-02-23 Death: 1878-02-28

says – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is pretty well
She & Aunty send love.
We shall expect a visit
from you next month.
Tell Jenny I have her letter