Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, August 31, 1865

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, August 31, 1865
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1865-08-31

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, August 31, 1865

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29

location: Cape Island, NJ

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: srr 

revision: obm 2016-07-07

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Cape Island, N.J.
31st. Aug, 1865.
My dearest Father,
I have just
returned from driving,
& found your telegram
awaiting us. I am
glad to know that
you are all well.
I presume you have
heard from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

what a letter from
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
told me last
night – that he will
not leave but ask
till Sunday Night
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I have very sad news
to write of the Richard-
sons. Lilly
Birth: 1854 Death: 1865-09-01
– the eldest
daughter is very danger-
ously ill. Mr Richardson
Birth: 1832 Death: 1910-03-05
,
& Mrs R’s
Birth: 1831-02-07 Death: 1890-02-09
mother
Unknown
, &
Dr Thomas
Unknown
, the family
physician, have come.
Lilly has had con-
vulsions, & is insensible.
Dr Williamson
Unknown
is
also attending her. The
two physicians just
think her disease
is spotted fever, &
that it is almost
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impossible to for her to
recover. They did not
call it spotted fever till
today. Yesterday they thought
it was from staying in
the water too long, &
getting heated dancing
the night after.
Yesterday when we return-
ed from driving Mrs
Souder
Birth: 1814 Death: 1886
thought I had –
best come to her house
for the night – which
I did. She pro-
posed my staying
with her. This morn-
ing I went to Mrs
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Richardson’s with Mrs Souder.
I was loth to leave Mrs
in her trouble – after
all her kindness to me –
& would not have done
so had I not felt that
unless I could be of
real assistance it was
kinder to leave her than
to add to her family.
So I packed everything,
& came here, to Mrs
Souder’s.
Tomorrow afternoon I go
to Phila. with Capt
Birth: 1840 Death: 1881-07-10
& Mrs
Linnard
Birth: 1843 Death: 1911-12-05
(238 Pine St. –
is the residence of her
father, E.A. Souder
Birth: 1805 Death: 1873
. She
gives me a warm invitation
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to say with her
2) till
Augusts comes. I have
just received – a letter
from him – saying he
will be here Monday
night or Tuesday morn-
ing. I will let
him know of my
movements – that
he may find me in Phila – & will
wait for him there
unless I hav have
summons from you.
I write in much
haste – in a parlor
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full of people. I have
just rec’d your letter
of the 28th
I am still growing
stronger. These friends
are very kind &
hospitable.
Much love to Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

& Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
. I must
close, for the mail.
Ever your very affectionate daughter
Fanny