Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., May 29, 1864

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., May 29, 1864
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-05-29

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., May 29, 1864

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: srr 

revision: crb 2016-07-05

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Auburn
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Editorial Note

The archivist dated this letter May 27, but May 29 was a Sunday
Sunday May 29th
My very dear Son
I hear that Capt.
Freehoff
Birth: 1819 Death: 1879
is going in pursuit
of the 9th Arty. tomorrow
I will give him this letter
hoping it may reach
you, which that I sent
to Washington has not.
We think of you all
the time and hope
you may escape the
many dangers which
surround you. It is
a week yesterday since
you were in Washington

[left Margin] much love –
may God
watch over &
preserve you my
dear son
your Mother.

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that is the last we have
heard from you. I have
one letter from Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09

written Wednesday the 25th,
she talks of coming home
with Mr Pomeroy
Birth: 1824-12-31 Death: 1905-03-23
on
account of Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
but
is reluctant to go further
away from you. Were
dear Nelly here I would
gladly take care of her
but I fear Jenny would
be very sad separated
from you both. I shall
be very glad to have
them both here and
pray that you too may
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hark to us when you feel
that your duty for your
country is done.
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has not been so
well the last week – the
Dr does not speak very
encouragingly about her.
I am thinking of going
with her to the sea side
this summer if she can
have the journey. She
is here part of the time
Catherine
Birth: 1846
is still at her
house. The boy
I brought home is good-
natured and kind in dis-
position but not much
of a worker – as he
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is willing I hope he may
improve. The Common
Council insists that the walk
be made so I have some
men at work to day.
Old Mr Steward
Unknown
is at work
for Aunty. John
Birth: 1827Certainty: Possible
has
taken himself a wife
Unknown
.
We do not hear where
McDougall
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24
is — indeed
we know few particulars
of the Army which are reliable.
The general intelligence tells us
Grant
Birth: 1822-04-27 Death: 1885-07-23
is below the North Anna
since I commenced writing I hear
that Freehof will not be a safe
messenger so I send my letter
to Washington. We hear that
Robert Perry
Birth: 1834 Death: 1884-10-01
will save his arm
though amputation was talked of.
Aunty and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
send