Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, January 5, 1865

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, January 5, 1865
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Date:1865-01-05

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Frances Miller Seward, January 5, 1865

action: sent

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: Unknown
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transcription: lxw 

revision: crb 2016-09-08

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Headquarters United States Forces
Martinsburg, VA.
Jan 5 1865
My dear Mother
I recd your
letter of the 3rd last night
and am highly pleased at the
success of Col Tafts
Birth: 1832-09-10 Death: 1867-01-20
application.
I could not help feeling that
if I was wounded & promoted it
would hardly be understood why
my Lt Col should be mustered
out for the same reason.
I am sorry to hear you say
that you & father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
have given up coming
to Martinsburg. So far as safety
is concerned. I consider the R R
more safe than it has been at any
time before this summer, the departure
of troops being such as to prevent
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any danger of surprise.
In regard to Jennys
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
coming
down here I thought that the
change would be beneficial to
her she writes me that the
numerous unusual events & excitement
of the part two months have made
her very nervous & that she does not
gain strength, to add to other
annoyances (although Jenny does not
complain in the least) I think Eliza
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has made herself as disagreeable as
possible all through Jennys troubles
looking the matter all over I thought
a change of scene for two or three
weeks might be well for her although
I do not think it would be best
for her to bring both of the children
x Birth: 1864-11-10  Death:   Birth: 1862-09-11  Death: 1921-10-05 

with her. I have not heard from
her on the subject and do not
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feel at all certain that she
will leave Nelly. My intention
to resign in Feby or March is
unchanged and I hope to be home
early in the spring. Jenny writes
that Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
seems very well and
quite contented
I am very sorry to hear that
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is not entirely well yet I
really hope she will not have
another attack of the quinsy.
A letter recd from Mac
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24
yesterday
says that he has made application
to be releived of the comd of his
Brigade as he cannot afford to
support the position any longer on
a Colonels pay. He is very anxious
to go home at the same time I do
and says he shall resign before
spring, Love to all. I hope
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you and Father will think
better of your visit to Martinsburg
You cannot imagine how
much I am gratified at Col
Tafts success
Your affectionate son
Will
I sent my Mules to Auburn
last week & wrote Patrick Judge
Birth: 1832 Death: 1870-02

to put them to work
I have succeeded at last in getting
a very good Colored man (without
Northern airs) I shall take him
home with me if I continue to like
him as well as I do now.
If anything should occur that you should
change your mind about coming up here, let me
know a day before hand & I will telegraph you if
there is the least danger