Letter from Frederick William Seward to William Henry Seward, August 20, 1866

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Letter from Frederick William Seward to William Henry Seward, August 20, 1866
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1866-08-20

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Letter from Frederick William Seward to William Henry Seward, August 20, 1866

action: sent

sender: Frederick Seward
Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25

location: Newport, RI

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

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: lxw 

revision: obm 2016-08-20

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Newport, Monday
My dear Father,
We are leading
a quiet, idle life, that I wish
you could enjoy with us. We walk
and ride, read & sleep, with the
thermometer down among the 60s and
70s. Whether it is the cool sea air,
or the quiet or the idleness, that
disposes me to somnolence, I do
not know, but we contrive to
sleep soundly ten or twelve hours
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at night, and two or three
more during the day. They tell
us it is the usual effect of the
climate on newcomers, and a
sign of returning or increasing vigor.
I think Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
is already stronger.
She has been down to the beach
this morning for a bath.
We have declined all invitations
to dinners and parties, on the plea
of health and as Mr Barredas'
Birth: 1827 Death: 1883
house
is distant from the hotels &, we
escape most of the inflictions of
watering-place society. There are
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plenty of visitors however, among them
today are the Bancrofts
x Birth: 1803-10  Death: 1886-03  Birth: 1800-10-03  Death: 1891-01-17 
, the Blatchfords
x Birth: 1817-08-27  Death: 1901-06-12  Birth: 1820-03-09  Death: 1893-07-07 
,
the Montholons
x Birth: 1820-02-17  Death: 1878-10-25  Birth: 1814-11-28  Death: 1886-04-21 
, the Woods
x Birth: 1811-04-09  Death: 1875-12-02  Birth: 1799-09-23  Death: 1869-03-28 
, the Grabows
x Birth: 1834-01-09  Death: 1892-09-07  Birth: 1834  Death:  
,
the Russells
x Birth:   Death: 1873  Birth: 1820-03-28  Death: 1907-02-11 
, Baron Osten Sacken
Birth: 1828-08-21 Death: 1906-05-20
, and
Burr Griswold
Birth: 1823-09-05 Death: 1886-06-01
.
I have your letters of the 3d
& 4th, and Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
's of the
same date. I had already
spoken to
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Editorial Note

Maybe his son, George Fisher Baker
Mr Baker
Birth: 1816-03-16 Death: 1887-10-02Certainty: Probable
about
Margarets
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09Certainty: Probable
brother
Unknown
, who has all
that the law allows to the class
of employe’s to which he belongs,
and can only have more by the
turning out of some watchman to make
a place for him, which is not
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practicable, just now. I told Capt.
Slaght
I thought we could help
him, provided he could trust us to
decide when and how. Otherwise
I think he will defeat his own
chances. He writes me that he has
changed his mind as to the time
when we should propose his appointm[ ent ]
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Reason: page tear

I have not changed mine, and if he
will not trust me, I cannot help him.
Affectionately yours
F. W. S
Unknown
F. W.S
Newport 1866