Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, April 2, 1865

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, April 2, 1865
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1865-04-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Anna Wharton Seward, April 2, 1865

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: mah 

revision: ekk 2015-06-23

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Sunday April 2nd
My dear Anna
I am sorry
though not surprised to
hear you were ill when
you returned from
New York - shopping
is toilsome business,
and the variable state
of the weather produces colds[ . ]
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Reason: 

I have been expecting every
day to hear Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
was
confined with her throat[ . ]
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Reason: 

Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
came this morning
while we were at breakfast
leaving New York last
evening. He looks thin
but says he is well.
Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
is very happy &


[top Margin] Aunty
& Jenny
send love

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Jr
Birth: 1864-11-10
noisy in his joy.
Willie is afraid of his
Father yet but will soon
learn to know him.
I wish it were possible for
Will to remain at home
he is much needed
here. Mr Day
Birth: 1817-02-23 Death: 1878-02-28
is not
well but has been at
the bank since McDou-
-gall
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24
left. I am glad
to hear Freds
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
arm continues
to improve though it is
slowly. I do not think
much is gained by trying
to hasten the progress of
nature. I received Fred’s
letter yesterday saying the
party had gone to City Point
We suppose they are home
again by this time.
We have the promise of an
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early Spring. The garden is
now about as far advanced
as it was last year the
middle of April. I spent
an hour or so in it Saturday
with Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
. Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09

was at work for Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

I have no doubt Pisgah
is very pretty. I have not
been there yet, indeed I
have been outside of the
gate but twice, there
to see Aunty Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
. She
is unusually well this winter
at 83 the she walks to Church
every fine Sunday and still takes care of her own rooms.
She always inquires about
you & Fred. I do not
know until Fanny comes
what are your prospects
for the summer, but I
hope you may all be
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be able to spend some time
here – if not together at
different times. Aunty
continues better - she walks
to Pisgah occasionally but I
think this is always exhausting
and injures her. She is to
go to her house this week[ . ]
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Katy
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
is to live with her
this summer. I have a letter
from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
to whom I shall
write soon. I always intended
to thank you dear Anna for
making so pleasant a home
for Augustus. It is always a
great comfort to me to see
my children happy. Your
quick and nice perception of
the needs of others renders
your kindness doubly valuable[ . ]
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May God bless you and preserve
you many years in health
to smooth the paths of
others, which is really
the only true happiness[ . ]
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Reason: 

Love to Fred. very affectionately
Mother.