Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, April 15, 1871

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, April 15, 1871
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1871-04-15

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, April 15, 1871

action: sent

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

location: San Francisco, CA

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

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: csh 

revision: tap 2018-04-05

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Occidental Hotel.
San Francisco, April 15 1871.
My dear Father
We reached here on the
10th having been 20 days from
home & stopping on the way
at Chicago, Kansas City, Denver
& Salt Lake. At all of which
places I found many warm
friends of yours as well
as some of my own, our
party consists of Mr
Birth: 1826-11-03 Death: 1893-12-09
& Mrs J. N.
Knapp
Birth: 1830-09-22 Death: 1911-09-18
, Mr
Birth: 1822-12-15 Death: 1886-07-06
& Mrs D. M. Osborne
Birth: 1830-09-03 Death: 1911-07-18
,
Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
& myself. I find myself
much improved in health &
we are all enjoying our trip
very much, I am surprised
to find that I knew so many
people on the [ rout ]
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& it is hard
to realize that I am out of
the State of New York So many
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of its inhabitants has settle
in the western states.
When it came to the point of
leaving home & the children
x Birth: 1864-11-10  Death:   Birth: 1862-09-11  Death: 1921-10-05 

for two months Jenny found
it a great trial, but we left
every thing nicely arranged &
Our continued news of the
contentment & happiness of
the children makes her quite
contented. Cora Richardson
Birth: 1845-01-15 Death: 1890-12-10

has the care of the children &
the house, John Bostwick
Birth: 1829-07-22 Death: 1872-06-22

takes care of your private
business & mine, Mr Pomeroy
Birth: 1824-12-31 Death: 1905-03-23

runs the Bank. & Mr Lockwood
Unknown

has been appointed my assistan[ t ]
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& takes care of the RN business
so I think everything will
run smooth at home for
a month or two
Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
seems to like
Cora & will stay at our house
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with her until good weather
& then open her own house
for the summer.
Nelly writes us (through Cora)
almost every day and our
letter from her this morning
says she has a letter from
you written at Madras with
which she is greatly pleased.
My last letter from you is
from the same place and
I am glad you find such
a pleasant resting place with
the Napiers
x Birth: 1823-12-20  Death: 1911-08-24  Birth: 1819-09-19  Death: 1898-12-19 
. Your letters to
me are opened at home copied
by Aunty for Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

& myself & the copies distribution
by mail to us, I am concern-ed
to know that Freeman
Birth: 1822Certainty: Possible
does
not prove a good servant for
we had all hoped he would
be of great assistance to you
if you should think it well
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to send him home when you
get to Europe, I can hunt
up another man & send him
to you to take his place
I have [ remuniated ]
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Henrys
Unknown
wife
Unknown

$25 per month on as of his
wages regularly except the
first two months which I forgot
& did not send until Nov 1st I
presume she has since written
Henry that she has received the
money. Jenny has just
received Olive's
Birth: 1844-07-15 Death: 1908-11-27
letter from Madras
telling us of you continued
good health and she will
answer it from here
At Salt Lake I called on Brigham
Young
Birth: 1801-06-01 Death: 1877-08-29
who spoke very warmly
of you & asked particularly that
I should give you his kind
regards when I wrote next
We leave here on the 17 via Pacific
Mail Steamer for Co San Diego
I shall spend some two weeks
in Southern California then return
here and go to the Yosemite Valley
then to Oregon & then here again
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reaching Auburn about the
1st or middle of June
Since I left home I see that
Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
Parsons
Birth: 1815 Death: 1890-09-28
&Co of Albany
have burned out & that the
firm lose 300,000 over their
insurance, Fred I think sold
out his interest to them, some
time since but he probably
holds from $5,000 to $8,000 of their
notes, I trust he will sustain
no loss however by them.
Mr Grant
Birth: 1818-11-04 Death: 1878-10-19
has resigned the Superintend-
ency of the S. C. R. R. & Char Briggs
Birth: 1813 Death: 1887-08-07

of the City Bank has taken his
place. Moses Grinnell
Birth: 1803-03-03 Death: 1877-11-24
has
just been removed by the President
Birth: 1822-04-27 Death: 1885-07-23

which he thinks pretty hard, as
he contributed $5000 towards
the Presidents house [ purchas ]
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, so
he tells the Post as much in a
private letter which of course
gets into print.
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I have met many of
your friends here among
others Mr Ralston
Birth: 1826-01-12 Death: 1875-08-27
& Col E
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all of hom whom desire
to be remembered to you.
I am advised by Bostwick of
the receipt & payment of
your drafts of £1200 drawn
at Madras and believe that
all the drafts up to that time
have come in & been paid.
Augustus writes to Jenny that
it has been decided not to
remove him to Louisville & that
he shall probably remain in
Charleston during the summer.
I am at a loss to know where
to address you now & therefore
send this to Fred to forward as
he may have some better information
than I. Love to all in which
Jenny joins
Your Affectionate Son
Wm H Seward Jr