Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, September 13, 1866

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, September 13, 1866
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Date:1866-09-13

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, September 13, 1866

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sender: William Seward
Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: ahf 

revision: crb 2016-10-04

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Auburn Sept 13/66
My dear Father
Up to the
time of the Presidential ^visit^
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
was rapidly improving
and Dr Robinson
Birth: 1830-06-24 Death: 1891-04-27
on careful
examination reported that
her lungs were much stronger,
her chills had left entirely
and her fever was ^less^ since
but that since the date mentioned
no improvement has taken place
and th although her lungs are
no worse they do not improve
and her fever is greater. For
this he assigns two reasons,
First that the weather has
been so stormy that she was
unable to take exercise in
the open air and found
that she that has not fully
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recovered from the effects
of the excitement of the
visit. Dr Robinson expresses
the fullest faith in her ultimate
recovery but says that the
greatest care must be used
He now advises that the following
course be pursued, that she
does not return to Washington
until she is much improved
in health ^as^ the climate does
not agree with her and that
she needs quiet. Next that
provided the weather keeps
pleasant here that she remains
until the 1st of Oct but
not later and then that
she go west, say to Detroit
first & then to W and if
she improves there remain, if
not go to Milwaukee or
Chicago and failing to
improve at either that she
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there go to St Paul, But
if the next week or ten
days are as stormy and
wet as the last he wants
her to start west at once
or as soon as she can get
ready, which would probably
take a week. The indications
are to day that the weather
is to be pleasant as the day
(for almost the first time since
you were here) is bright and
pleasant and in case it
continues the Doctor prefers she
should remain until the last
of the month, Fanny will however
prepare and be ready to start
if it does not keep fair and
you approve of her going.
She is in good spirits and
is I think very much pleased
with the idea of going and in
fact quite desirous to do so.
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We have arranged the following
place or rather Fanny has
and wish to submit it to
your judgement, that Harriet
Bogart
 Death: 1888-08-20
go with Fanny to take
care of her and that Mary
Titus
Birth: 1846 Death: 1913-03-14
who is perfectly well
and of a very bright disposition
accompany Fanny as a companion
to read to and be with her. Either
Dr Robinson or myself cou[ ld ]
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go along see that they were
comfortably located and
return again, but what I
think would be still better
would be if you could spare
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
to let him go and
remain with them for a month
by which time we could actively
tell whether she was being benifited
or not. I think I could charge
my wifes
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
relatives
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see that she
was very comfortably fixed in Detroit
or Chicago and in both Milwaukee
& St Paul I have Augustus
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Fanny I think has
already written you her
views of all this and I
think she would like you
to let her know your approval
or otherwise as early as possible
as she has not spoken to
either Mary Titus or Harriet
yet, and each would require
time to prepare for the journey
I am led to hope from
present appearances that
we are to have some settled
pleasant weather now
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
& Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
are well
Your affectionate son
WH Seward Jr
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W.H.S. Jr
Unknown
Auburn
Sept 13/66