Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, January 11, 1831

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, January 11, 1831
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1831-01-11

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, January 11, 1831

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mep 

revision: ekk 2015-09-09

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18.
Albany Tuesday evening
January 11th 1831.
Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
is very much with me and I
enjoy his warmth of feeling-a politician
skillful in design and persevering in
execution-whose exciting principle is
personal friendship or opposition and
not self interest; that is just Thurlow Weed.
How much more I like him than I
should if he was selfish and avaricious
you know me well enough to form an
opinion. He is I believe warm in his
attachments to me. He gives for charity's
sake, is generous to a fault, kind beyond
description, sincere beyond most mens
sincerity, open hearted, but he and I
differ in this that my thoughts wander
from all our commiserating homeward.
What a contrast to one of my legislative neighbors
who lives here. ^who He^ is
morbidly ambitious, he came here expecting
to make a figure in the house, he fears
to thrust himself into the arena and yet
is unhappy because he is not a victor
without having courage to enter the lists.
His conversation is always upon his own
disappointments. He has a wife
Birth: 1797 Death: 1858-07-03
at A
and talks much about her.
Maynard
Birth: 1786-11-11 Death: 1832-08-28
is a giant in intellect inde-
fatigably industrious, methodical, original
and persevering. He makes no protestations