Letter from William Henry Seward to Janet Watson Seward, July 22, 1868

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Janet Watson Seward, July 22, 1868
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1868-07-22

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Janet Watson Seward, July 22, 1868

action: sent

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

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Janet Seward
Birth: 1839-11-18  Death: 1913-11-09

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: meb 

revision: crb 2017-11-21

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Washington, July 22d, 1868
My dear Jeanette,
We have only such
exceptional times and ways of
conference that you must be quite
uncertain about my plans here as
I necessarily am about yours at
Auburn.
It is assumed though not
certain 1st, that the Chinese treaty
will be ratified and second that
the Alaska bill will pass, and
thirdly that Congress will adjourn.
When these three things happen
it is the desire of the Chinese
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Embassy to make me a guest visit
of two or three days at Auburn
on their way to Niagara.
Anticipating this you will to-
morrow see the Miss Risleys
x Birth: 1850-03-05  Death: 1925-07-27  Birth: 1844-07-15  Death: 1908-11-27 
who have
been boating about the shore of
Lake Erie in search of invigorating
air for the youngest who is suffering
from excessive study and comfort in
school. They will visit for
the event at Auburn — their father
Birth: 1814 Death: 1893

may say where Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
will go to
meet them there — Miss Cushman
Birth: 1816-07-23 Death: 1876-02-18

is to go to Auburn on the
same occasion to visit us. Mrs
Burlingame
Birth: 1825-08-23 Death: 1888-08-19
will attend her husband
Birth: 1820-11-14 Death: 1870-02-23

There will be twenty of the
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Chinese and doubtless more of the
foreign ministers- vicinitythere —
All their people may be disposed
of in the hotels or in the houses
of our friends as shall be
convenient except such as we may
be able conveniently to entertain our-
selves at the old mansion.
This is the general outline
You will naturally expect me
to direct or advise now about
details. I cant do this be-
cause it would be premature—
The prospect of the treaty, the
Alaska bill & even of the
adjournment changes from day to
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day — Yesterday we thought the
whole affair would end on
Saturday, to day it seems as
if Congress may not adjourn for
two weeks — I will advise
you by telegraph so soon
as I can learn any thing defini-
tive in the matter.
Will you kiss the
children
x Birth: 1864-11-10  Death:   Birth: 1862-09-11  Death: 1921-10-05 
for their Grandfather —
and communicate what I have written
to Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and to Miss Risley &
to Mrs Perry
Birth: 1819-10-04 Death: 1898-02-12
and Mrs Burlingame
Your affectionate father
William H Seward
Mrs Jeanette W Seward