Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, December 11, 1864

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, December 11, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-12-11

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, December 11, 1864

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

location: Martinsburg, VA

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: keh 

revision: crb 2016-09-07

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Martinsburgh VA
Sunday Dec 10
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Editorial Note

Sunday was December 11, 1864

My dear Mother
I am very much
improved to day and able to
set up again. I shall probably
be able to take comd by Tuesday
or Wednesday. I think my
trouble arose from eating an apple
the first time I have done such
a thing since I was sick a year
ago, my Medical Director who has
attended me says that he thinks
that my system is not yet entirely
clear of the Marlarious posion which
affected me then and that the excitement
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of the bowels is very probably what
produced my fever, which at one
time threatened to be similar to the
attack I had last year
I will not undertake to tell you
how many kinds of old school
medicen I have taken but it is
sufficent to know that they have
had a good effect and all danger
of a settled fever has passed.
My appetite has returned although
I do not eat much except milk
yet. We have had quite a
heavy snow storm and sleighing
in at its hight here now. I presume
it will not last long however
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I had a telegram from Col Taft
Birth: 1832-09-10 Death: 1867-01-20

last night saying that he would
be here on Monday.
I have written to Mr Day
Birth: 1817-02-23 Death: 1878-02-28
that
he must make some arrangement
to get possession of the Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16

House on the 1st of May and
suggested a compromise with
Mr Rathbone
Birth: 1803 Death: 1870-01-05
which I think will
work.
I have heard nothing from Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09

since I left Auburn but am
expecting a letter from her tomorrow
I hope The Secy of War
Birth: 1814-12-19 Death: 1869-12-24
will
send in my name early for
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confirmation so that I may be
at liberty to resign after the
1st of Jany if I wish to
Love to all I hope Freds
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
arm
is improving
Your affectionate son
Will
Genl Lightburn
Birth: 1824-09-21 Death: 1901-05-17
left yesterday and
Col Rust
Birth: 1833-12-02 Death: 1881-07-22Certainty: Probable
who has been comdg one
of the Infantry Brigades in my comdg
is now temporarily in comd here
under my directions.
Will