Letter from William Henry Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., February 21, 1871

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Letter from William Henry Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., February 21, 1871
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Date:1871-02-21

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Letter from William Henry Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., February 21, 1871

action: sent

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

location: Chennai, India

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: ssb 

revision: crb 2018-03-26

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Editorial Note

Letter written by Olive Risley Seward for William H. Seward
Government House
Madras, Feb. 21, 1871
My dear William,
I advised you by
letter yesterday of drafts which
are expected to be sufficient
to carry us from this place
to Constantinople – and which
at the time of procurement I
supposed it most prudent
if not necessary to take up
here, when I have the ad-
vantage of an acquaintance
with the Governor, Lord
Napier
Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1898-12-19
– Never the less
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I found out at a later
hour by communication
from Mr. Jacobs, consul
General at Calcutta,
that I could have saved
myself ^the^ trouble and cost
of this mode of anticipatory
funds. I thought it best
under the circumstances
to let the arrangements
stand. We all are well.
We are having a very
agreeable visit with
my old friends Lord
and Lady Napier
Birth: 1823-12-20 Death: 1911-08-24
, who
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are as kind and as true now
as here to fore, and at the
same time are as popular
here as they were in the
United States. They have made
an exploration
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Editorial Note

This is a reference to Defects, Civil and Military, of the Indian Government
 Publisher: Westerton Place of Publication:London Date: 1857
of the presidency
of Madras, very interesting and
instructive – On Saturday
next we go by the Parvel
O. steamer to Calcutta,
where we are invited to be
the guests of Mr. McAllister
Birth: 1830-02-07 Death: 1882-04-03

the head of an American
House. We have conditionally
determined to make an
excursion by Rail Road
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and carriage to the
three great historical cities
of Lucknow, Agra, and
Delhi which we think may
be comfortably done even
in this intensely hot climate
in the course of three weeks.
If we execute that project
we may expect to reach Bom-
bay
, between the 6th and the
16th of April – which will be
quite as late as it would
be safe and comfortable
to travel in India. Admiral
Cockburn
Birth: 1817 Death: 1872-02-10
of the British
Navy has tendered us a
passage on his flagship
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up the Persian Gulph.
which would be
an excursion of
intense interest – We reserve
the question of undertaking
it until we have farther
experience of the climate
of India, of which everybody
gives most unfavorable
accounts after the
first of April.
One destination in any
case after a final
departure from Bombay
is A Cairo in Egypt
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and there if health
and climate will
allow, a slow and easy
voya journey into
Palestine and through
Smyrna and Greece to
Constantinople. We trust
that we shall meet
letters then from home,
and shall learn
that all our family
and friends are well
and happy.
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With love to Janet
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09

the children
x Birth: 1862-09-11  Death: 1921-10-05  Birth: 1864-11-10  Death:  
, auntie
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

and friends.
Affectionately
William H. Seward
by
Olive Risley Seward
Birth: 1844-07-15 Death: 1908-11-27

to
William H. Seward, Jr.
Auburn, New York.
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P.S.
Our lost satchel, papers
and effects have just
overtaken us.
W.H.S.