Letter from Janet Watson Seward to Margaret Standart Watson, May 24, 1864

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Letter from Janet Watson Seward to Margaret Standart Watson, May 24, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-05-24

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Letter from Janet Watson Seward to Margaret Standart Watson, May 24, 1864

action: sent

sender: Janet Seward
Birth: 1839-11-18  Death: 1913-11-09

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Margaret Watson
Birth: 1812-03-30  Death: 1893-11-13

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: maf 

revision: tap 2018-03-23

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Washington D.C.
May 24th 1864
My dearest Mother,
Your dear, good
letter, with Libbie's
Birth: 1835-09-04 Death: 1892-02-25
, came yesterday
afternoon, I am so delighted to get
letters, they are all the comfort I
have, besides precious Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
. I received
a letter from dear Will’s
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
today,
and one from Will, written Friday, and
he was here Saturday, so it was
not new, I am afraid it will be a
long time before I shall hear from
him, as it takes four days to get a
letter here from Belle Plain , it will
probably take longer, from where he
is now — how much I would give
to know where he is tonight —
I see by the papers that ten of his
men are here in the Hospitals, were
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wounded in the attacks of the [ waggon ]
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trains, Thursday or Friday night, it seems
hard to see their names in the list,
so soon – Robert Perry
Birth: 1834 Death: 1884-10-01
is here, wounded,
in the arm, just below the shoulder,
is doing well, he came very near having
his arm amputated, but they finally
concluded it could be saved – Mac
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24

is in command of the Brigade,
there are not a hundred able bodied
men left in his Regt. isn’t it dread-
ful! —
Nelly is much better this week, still
she is not perfectly well, this has
been a very warm day, we are now
having a delightful thunderstorm,
which I trust will have a cooling
influence – I went out this morning
and bought me a white waist,
so I can keep tolerably cool. I
wish I had some thin dresses with
me, but it is not worth while to
send them, I cannot tell how soon
I may have to go home – There
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is no news now, the Armies seem
to be racing to see which will
get to Richmond first, I believe
the impression is that ours will, I
wish that might be the end of it.
There is no mail communication
with the Army, so I am afraid it will
be a long time before I hear from Will,
but he may be able to find some
way to send a line, I know he will
if it is possible – You may all
know that if you do not get letters
from me, I have heard nothing
from Will, for I will surely write
as soon as I hear – Give a great
deal of love to all, and kisses to
the children, I would dearly love
to be at home with you all, but it
is best for me to stay here as long
as possible, how delightfully cool and
quiet it is in Auburn now – Write
me whenever you have time –
Your aff. daughter,
Jenny