Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., June 12, 1864

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., June 12, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-06-12

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., June 12, 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: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: ekk 

revision: obm 2016-06-29

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Page 1

Auburn June 12h
My very dear Son
We have ha[ d ]
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Supplied

Reason: 
a very
anxious week this being
the first that we have
heard from you directly
Today came a card from
McDougall
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24
written Thurs-
day morning ^June 2^ saying
there had been a report
that you were wounded
and a prisoner. Having
ascertained that you
were safe he wrote to
assure us. very kind
of him. The same

[top Margin] Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
tries to
cheer us all
while she shares
our anxiety and
our hopes. Eliza
cries because
you have so little
to eat.
Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893

looks very
sober and
portentious
as much as to
say I know
how it
would
be.

Page 2

brought your first letter
to Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
written Friday
27h of May on the
North Anna River
You cannot imagine how
rejoiced we were to see
your own hand written
after three long weeks
interval & to hear
from you though your
path had been a rough
one. A few days later
came the few lines on
the check which you
sent through the
Sanitary Commission
dated at Cold Harbor
June 2d. and last

[right Margin] It would be hard for any of us to live without you
and we pray God you may be spared to us.
very lovingly
Mother

Page 3

night the mail brought Jenny
your letter from the same
place dated Saturday the
4th. It is very kind of
you to relieve our anxiety
when we know it must be
very difficult for you
to write at all. and
while you are suffering so
many hardships with
your life continually
exposed. God protect
you. In the mean
time Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
wrote from
Washington that they too
had heard the report
that your men were not to be
found & of course supposed
you a prisoner. After

[right Margin] Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
is better than when she
came home

Page 4

diligent search they found
at the hotel Lieut. Campbell
Birth: 1825

of your Regt. on his way
home or to hospital, having
lost a finger. he said
he saw you after that
dreadful battle of Friday
so we had hope left
that you were still preserved
to us. We have in the
papers the details of the
movements of the Army &
now that we know to what
Corps you are attached can
get some general idea
of your movements.
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is exulting over your
bravery while her eyes
are full of tears for your
danger. Fanny behaves
nobly and generously as usual