Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, December 11, 1864

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, December 11, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-12-11

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, December 11, 1864

action: sent

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

location: Martinsburg, VA

receiver: Janet Seward
Birth: 1839-11-18  Death: 1913-11-09

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: keh 

revision: crb 2016-09-07

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Martinsburgh Va
Sunday Dec 10/
My dearest Jenny
I am so far
improved as to be able to sit
up to day & hope to be able
to attend to my duties by Tuesday
or Wednesday. Gen Lightburgh
Birth: 1824-09-21 Death: 1901-05-17
left
yesterday and Col Rust
Birth: 1833-12-02 Death: 1881-07-22
is now
temporarily in command under my
directions. I was taken quite
sick in the night after my arrival
here on Wednesday and for some time
it seemed quite probably that I would
have a regular fever & disentary. Dr
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Bates
Unknown
my Medical Director
however gave me all the old
shool medice he could think of
and by Friday I commenced
to improve and have now got up
a good appetite which I cannot
indulge much yet, I have had
any quantity of presents of eatiable
which I could not eat & other
little kindnesses from both loyal
& disloyal inhabitant which I
could not accept, one old lady
Mrs Campbell
Unknown
has been particularly
kind & has sent me a jar of
very nice homemade currant jelly
which I have mixed with water
for a drink & found excellent
I have now got on to my
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old diet "milk" and find it
quite as agreeable as more fancy
dishes, Mrs Falkner
Unknown
has just
sent in a very handsome silver
dish in the centre of which
is a pineap ^p^ le of some pink
composition probably
by floating island, very pretty but
I dont propose to take it.
Now then I wish you to give me
a long credit mark for letting you
know so promptly of my sickness,
I might have waited until to day and
then written you that I was about well
again. We have had quite a
fall of snow here and every article
that can be made available for a
sleigh has been put in requisition I
believe that all my staff were out
sleigh riding yesterday, George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
is quite
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well and seems to be enjoying himself
The "base of supplies has now been
moved to Harpers Ferry and Martinsburgh
in comparatively dull now and the
duties will hereafter be much lighter.
I recd a telegram from Col Taft
Birth: 1832-09-10 Death: 1867-01-20
last
night saying that he would come
up here, we are expecting him
Monday, the 9th with the rest of
the 3 Div of the 6th Corps have gone
to Petersburgh
I wish I could drop in and see
my little family
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
to day, I have
not heard from you yet since
I left home a week ago but
shall look for a letter by tomorrow.
I have written Mr Day
Birth: 1817-02-23 Death: 1878-02-28
that he
must make some arrangement to get
possession of the McC
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
House in May as I
gave him no authority to rent it beyond that time
Your
Will
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Mrs Wm H Seward Jr
Auburn
N.Y.
MARTINSBURG W.V.
12 DEC
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Dec 11th 1864