Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anne Wharton Seward, August 4, 1864

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anne Wharton Seward, August 4, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-08-04

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anne Wharton Seward, August 4, 1864

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

location:
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receiver: Anna Seward
Birth: 1836-03-29  Death: 1919-05-02

location: Unknown
Unknown

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revision: obm 2016-09-09

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Page 1

Thursday
August 4th
My dear Anna
I am glad you
came away from City
Point
before the catas-
trophe of Saturday —
which though the
newspapers feel disposed
to treat as a small
affair — seems to me
very terrible. I do not
like this mode of
warfare — it too nearly
approaches the bar-
barians.
Page 2

This is our third day of
rain – very refreshing it is
though it may not be
quite so pleasant at
Watch Hill if it conti-
nues longer. Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
, Mc-
Dougall
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24
, John Bostwick
Birth: 1829-07-22 Death: 1872-06-22

and Horatio Robinson
Birth: 1830-06-24 Death: 1891-04-27

went together. Will
took but one crutch with
him being determined to
use his leg. The heat
has been very oppressive the last
week — this change is in-
vigorating — Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is really
much better — begins to
look like herself again
We did not see her yesterday
for the rain, which
Page 3

was unremitting – My cough
has gone & I hope the neuralgia
which accompanied it will
depart soon. At present I
have some pain in my
head & face 2 or 3 hours
every day. I received
the photograph from Mr
Clay
Unknown
– I hope some one
will thank him for me
also Miss Watson’s
Birth: 1810-03-23
letter
which does not seem to
require an answer – My
mind has been so filled
with solicitude this summer
that I have written very
few letters except to
our family – The excessive
drought injured our garden
more than five years.
I have not seen it since
Page 4

the rain but know it must
be improved. We are
obliged to ‘fodder’ the cattle
the same in the Winter, the
grass all disappeared –
Yesterday Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
spent the morning
making blackberry brandy for
the Sanitary Commission — she
had very good success.
Will you have the goodness
to ask John
Unknown
to take the
enclosed letter to Isaiah’s
grandmother
Unknown
– I find the
civilizing of contrabands to
be a serious process but
have some hope of success.
How many things I shall
have to tell you when we
meet — when will that be.
I fear not by the sea side
though I would like that
exceedingly. Is Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
even
coming home? I wish you
could come with him
Love to all
Page 5

very Affectionately Mother