Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., July 9, 1864

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., July 9, 1864
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-07-09

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., July 9, 1864

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

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

location: Unknown
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transcription: ahf 

revision: obm 2016-07-09

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Page 1

Saturday July 9th
My very dear Son
Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
received your
letter of the 2nd of June
last evening. You may
be sure we watch the
mails closely. How
continually you are
in our thoughts, how
we long to hear that
you have had some rain
to cool the heated air
and give you some
water for which I fear
there is much suffering.

[top Margin] I have all the time feared the invasion was
more serious than many supposed.
I fear your health will fail entirely with
constant fatigue & exposure if you
escape other dangers.
May God have you in
his keeping. All join in love to you
Mother.

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Maryland and Pennsylvania
are again alarmed by a
threatened invasion, it
is impossible to learn from
the newspapers, when the
accounts are so conflicting,
what the real danger is.
The last says we have
posesssion of Harpers Ferry
again, but no one seems
to know when the larger
force of the enemy which
are said to have come
North are to be found.
Our Governor
Birth: 1810-05-31 Death: 1886-02-12
does not
favour the raising of men
to repel the invasion other-
-wise I think our State
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would have responded as cheer-
-fully as others have done.
How lamentable it is that
a few selfish politicians can
at such at a time as this
consider their own advance-
-ment rather than the
safety and honour of the
Nation. We have had
some hot weather here but
only for a few days. How
gladly we would exchange
this climate for yours
if you could be relieved
thusly. Jenny and Nelly
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

were here yesterday – both
well. I wish you too could
see Nelly, she learns
so much every day.
Page 4

I hope Jenny will come to us
when her mother
Birth: 1812-03-30 Death: 1893-11-13
is called to
Mrs Pomeroy
Birth: 1835-09-04 Death: 1892-02-25
.
Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
says in his last
letter, "In order not to
disturb him, I try to forget
our dear boys exposure. But
do not succeed in so heartless
an attempt." I know
little more than you about
the change in the Cabinet,
of course your Father writes
nothing. Sunday morning. Jenny
has just been here with 2 letters
from you the 4th and 8th of July.
You have we fear been more ill than
we thought. Jenny longs to go to you
but it would not be prudent,
a until we hear again we shall
not know where you are. I can
come any time. Pray let us know if
we can be useful. We think you
must have landed at Baltimore,
the post mark is obliterated. where
you will go next we cannot tell.