Fragment of Letter by Frances Miller Seward

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Fragment of Letter by Frances Miller Seward
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Fragment of Letter by Frances Miller Seward

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

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transcription: keh 

revision: crb 2017-05-24

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Page 1

On looking over the affairs ^subject^ I think
my invitation to you to spend the
winter with us at Washington is
in some way misapprehended–
certainly Mr Mansfield
Birth: 1801-08-17 Death: 1880-10-27Certainty: Possible
does not
do justice to my motive
I wished Had I wished a
governess for my daughter
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
I
should have made that ^a^ stipulation
and offered a suitable salary.
I had no such intentions – I
thought the security benefit might
be mutual I make no pretensions
to purport disinterestedness but I certainly
thought that you & Fanny might
be mutually benefitted – perhaps
in this I have avoided such circumstances
as have been thought advantageous
by others –– I wish you to go as I
would wish any other young friend
to go – If by so doing your
present or future interest will
be jeopardized in any manner
I certainly could can not
conscientiously press ^the^ invitation –
F After all that has passed should
your father
Birth: 1803-10-21 Death: 1861-03-22
& yourself still think
it desirable for you to go we
shall be most happy to have
your company –
Page 2

My dear Julia
Birth: 1839-04-03 Death: 1866-07-11

I feel constrained to say after
looking at the question in all lights
that I do not think you ought to go
with me to Washington. If your own
exertions are necessary to your support
and you will by going lose both the
present & future opportunity of obtaining
such pecuniary compensation as is necessary
for your own comfort & the comfort
of your family, a month in Washington
would weigh very lightly in the
balence. I think Mr Mansfield
misapprehends my motive in asking you
to go, if I know any thing of my
own impulse. I was as much influenced
by the desire to benefit you as to
gratify my daughter. Had her improvement
been the influencing consideration I should
have either offered you the situation of
a governess with a suitable salary or
There are many reasons which I cannot
now discuss which would p

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