Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, January 18, 1870

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, January 18, 1870
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1870-01-18

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, January 18, 1870

action: sent

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: Havana, Cuba

transcription: mmh 

revision: crb 2018-03-21

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WM. H. Seward, Jr. Established 1860. THEO. M. POMEROY.
Banking House of Wm. H. Seward, JR. & Co.
AUBURN, N.Y., Jan 18 1870.
My dear Father
We are rejoyced
to learn to day of your arrival
at Havana in [ safty ]
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. We have
watched with great interest your
travels through Mexico which
seems to have been a perfect
ovation from the time you
landed & cannot but have
been most gratifying to
you. Your stay was so
much longer than I anticipated
that I have neither written or
d forwarded your mail of which
there is quite an accumulation.
Abjah Fitch
Birth: 1800 Death: 1883
is expected home
tomorrow and by him I hope
to learn something definite of
your future movements. We

[bottom Margin] affectionate Son Wm H Seward Jr
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shall be very glad to have
you at home again and
still I am half in hopes
that the report which reaches
us of your stay in the West Indies
until spring is true as I fear
the effects of our cold winter
on your health. We are all
as well as usual here and
much as you left us in
the summer. The children
x Birth: 1864-11-10  Death:   Birth: 1862-09-11  Death: 1921-10-05 
grow
large and interesting, Nelly
has attended two parties this
week already, Jennys
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
health
is delicate and I have tried
to induce her to take the children
& go to some more agreeable
climate for the winter but she
refuses to do so without me &
I find it impossible to be absent
even for a week, my business
matters requiring all my time.
Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
is as well as
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when you left, she has
returned to her house again,
Francis
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
being there with her,
but from present appearance
she will come back to us
before long. Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
came
back early in Dec and remained
with us nearly a month He
has been ordered to Louisville
Ky
as Chief Paymaster of the
Dept of the Cumberland and is
already at his post with which
he seems well pleased.
Business of every description
is undergoing a sever[ e ]
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Reason: 
financial
pressure and those who have
not made proper provisions ahead
are likely to fare hard. Real
Estate in Auburn is very dull
but no decided depreciation has
taken place. I have still on
hand most of the houses built
last year for you & myself
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Your matters are I believe all
in good order and I am
happy to say that mine are
also. You will notice by
the enclosed slip that my
firm has changed. McDougalls
Birth: 1839-06-14 Death: 1914-05-24

various speculation having so
much involved him that I
did not think it wise for us
longer to continue as partners.
I shall lose about $5,000 by him
which is less than I had expected
Our Rail Road is now within 8
miles of Auburn & running regularly
for 50 miles. No little gratification
to me after five years hard struggle
for it. Rumor says that Mr. Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04

is to be married to Miss Hone
Birth: 1819-01-09 Death: 1901-06-12
of N.Y.
this week. All join in much
love to you Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
& Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
. Mollie
Wharton
Birth: 1847
writes me that they are very anxio[ us ]
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Reason: 

to see Fred & Anna and that her mother
Birth: 1812-10-29 Death: 1889-10-09

has slipped on the ice & strained her [ sholder ]
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but I should think not badly. Freds Barn
is done and if he is not coming home I wish
he would send me any instructions he may have
for his place & I will try to attend to them. Your