Letter from William Henry Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., February 7, 1871

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Letter from William Henry Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., February 7, 1871
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1871-02-07

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Letter from William Henry Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., February 7, 1871

action: sent

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

location: Ceylon, Sri Lanka

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

location: Unknown
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transcription: nwh 

revision: crb 2018-03-22

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Editorial Note

Letter copied by Lazette M. Worden from letter written by Olive Risley Seward for William H. Seward
Off Ceylon
Feb. 7,
My dear William
Ever since day light this
morning, we have been floating
onward in our course in full
sight of the island of Ceylon
The shore is ^now^ only five miles
distant, and the fartherest mountains
disclose their forest clad summits
to our view. The scene is as poetic
as it has always been discribed
Coral rocks with their pearl fisheries
underlie the sea. The coast is covered
with a palm jungle. The valleys
are soft and balmy and can
easily be imagined to be fragrant
with spices. The palm tree flourishes
whenever the jungle will permit
We are to enter port (Point De Galle)
after two hours and are to remain
there as we understand until
tomorrow when we shall proceed
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to Madras, a voyage of three days
We can hardly yet realize the
fact that the more and farther
we travel in the same direction
in which we started, the faster
and nearer we approach home
New York is within 9500 miles
before us while it is behind us
12000 miles.
We are all well and shall
be able to give you calculations
about the future from Madras
With love to all in which
Olive
Birth: 1844-07-15 Death: 1908-11-27
joins
affectionately your father
William H. Seward
by
Olive