Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 23, 1865

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 23, 1865
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1865-03-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, March 23, 1865

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: dxt 

revision: ekk 2015-06-23

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Thursday
March 23rd
My dear Son
I should like to
hear how you are all
getting on at Washington
this morning. I have
a letter from Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

from New York which
tells me they are there
safely. Since the floods
commenced you have
all seemed a great way
off. I think the road
from Washington to New
York has not suffered
so much as ours in
this part of the country.
We have been some
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days without mail
in either direction
Rochester has suffered
very severely - now
the bridge across the
Cayuga Lake is sub-
merged and some
portion of it washed
away – so that it
cannot be used.
William
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
writes that he
has applied for a
furlough
Leave of absence, especially concerning to a soldier • To grant a leave of abscence to •
and may come
home next week though
he hardly thinks it
probable. McDougall
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24

set out on his return
yesterday – was to be
in New York Friday,
that is tomorrow
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and if he hears nothing
from Will, will go to
Martinsburg to spend
Sunday. Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
&
Frank
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23
came over last
Thursday – they are boarding
at Mrs Browns
Birth: 1785 Death: 1870
in Green
Street - were here to dinner
yesterday. Frances is pretty
well, though she was not
when she came. Frank is
very well – quite a large
boy – 11 years old.
He is sitting by the table
now drawing a man.
I do not think Frances
intends to occupy her house
in Canandaigua again. She
has packed her furniture –
had some sold at auction
and offers the house for sale.
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She has taken a little farm
of 8 acres 6 or 7 miles from
Canandaigua where she is
to build a small house
to occupy in the Summer,
and will spend her Winters
in some town. This is her
present plan – it may be
changed. Henry
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
is at present
somewhere in Pennsylvania or
Virginia acing as attorney
for some oil company.
We had two summer-like
days but this morning the
ground is covered with
snow again. Aunty
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
&
Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
send love. Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05

says “Uncle Ghu must
come home.” I hope he
will come while the
Summer lasts this year
May God bless you my
son - very affectionately
Mother