Letter from William Henry Seward to Janet Watson Seward, September 14, 1868

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Janet Watson Seward, September 14, 1868
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1868-09-14

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Janet Watson Seward, September 14, 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: aca 

revision: tap 2017-09-11

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Editorial Note

Copy in clerk’s hand.
Washington, D.C.
September, 14, 1868.
My dear Janet,
Your letter written on
the 8th, meets me this mor-
ning on my return from Al-
bany
. Dear Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
was called
there, as she hoped, only to a
sick bed, but reached Albany
only in time to pay a last
tribute of filial duty and
affection to a deceased Father
Birth: 1808-02-07 Death: 1868-09-09
.
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She left Washington Wednesday
noon. I followed on Wednes-
day night and having at-
tended the funeral, I took
the boat on Friday night
and arrived at this home
on Saturday at midnight.
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
, and Annie will remain
in Albany some time to
assist in the removal of
Mrs. Wharton
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09
and Molly
Birth: 1847
to
Montrose.
It came in my thoughts
on Friday afternoon to go up
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to Auburn and spend Satur-
day and Sunday there. But
the rain descended in
such torrents as to make me
fear that the railroad would
be obstructed on the journey.
This indeed proved to be the
case. The train that left
Auburn on Friday morning did
not reach New York until
Saturday morning.
Pray give my thanks and
thanks in the names of Fred,
and Anna, to Mrs. Martin
Birth: 1818-12-25 Death: 1899-07-09
for
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her kind invitation to the
celebration of her daughter's
Birth: 1848 Death: 1909-02

marriage. Under other cir-
cumstances it would give
us all much pleasure to
attend on an occasion so
interesting. We tender our
best wishes and congratu-
lations.
It grieves us to hear of
Mrs. Upton's
Birth: 1846-11-29 Death: 1870-03-29
continued sick-
ness. Nassau proved so bene-
ficial to Mary Martin
Birth: 1838-05-05 Death: 1884-01-26
that
I am induced to hope it
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may be equally beneficial
to Mrs. Upton.
Ask Mrs. Martin if I can
do anything to contribute
to Mrs. Upton's comfort at
Nassau.
Tell Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
that her Grand-
pa is left all alone here,
and he would like it very
much if she could induce
her mother to bring Nelly
and Willie
Birth: 1864-11-10
to spend with him
the interval which lies
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between the present writing
and the return of her Uncle
and Aunt. Tell her I should
like to know if any body
can be cruel enough to
kill any of those chickens!
On my late journeyings I
passed from railroad to
steamboat and from steam-
boat to railroad without
entering New York, and not
knowing where William
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was
I thought myself unable
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to communicate with him
by telegraph.
My dear Janet,
I am your affectionate
Father,
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
William H Seward
Mrs. William H Seward Junior
Auburn
NY