Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, June 18, 1864

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, June 18, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-06-18

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, June 18, 1864

action: sent

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

location: Point of Rocks, Chester, VA

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: ekk 

revision: crb 2016-09-01

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Near Point of Rocks Va
June 18 /64
My dear Mother
I had almost forgotten
until I sat down in my tent this morning that
this was my twenty fifth birthday. I have
never before felt how deeply I have been indebted
to you & father during those 25 years and how
little I have ever done to repay it. separated
from home and family & friends when I do have
a moment for reflection (which is not often
here) I more freely appreciate than I have
ever done before how many things combined
to make my life so far a pleasant one
My life here is one of another excitement
moving about from place to place and
the care of 1800 men keep me occupied pretty
much all of the time but not so much so
that I do not find time to think of you
all many times each day & look forward
to the day when I shall return, the greatest
confidence is placed in Grant
Birth: 1822-04-27 Death: 1885-07-23
& I cannot
be feel that this summer will end up the
greater part of the Rebelion.
A letter from father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
says that
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
was not quite so well when

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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
William June 18h
1864
Point of Rocks

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he last heard from you I hope
she is better before this time I am
glad that Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
has taken our dear little
girl
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
home for I am sure she will
be much more comfortable there than
in Washington. I need hardly ask
you to cheer Jenny up if she becomes
lonely during my absence for I know
you have always done so. tell her
that I feel perfectly confident of
returning home safe again at the end
of this campaign and that I hope
that will not be very distant. If she
could see me in an old slouch hat, a
pair of soldiers pants & and old coat
my head & whiskers full of dust & dirt &
my face & hands almost as black (sun burned
) as Burnsides
Birth: 1824-05-23 Death: 1881-09-13Certainty: Possible
black men. She would think
I was the perfect picture of health
We now occupy a line of work about
15 miles from Richmond & 6 miles from
Petersburgh should the latter place fall
into our hands I hardly think they
will want to keep Richmond
Love to all
Your affe Son
Will