Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, December 14, 1864

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, December 14, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-12-14

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to Janet Watson Seward, December 14, 1864

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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: Auburn, NY

transcription: keh 

revision: obm 2016-09-13

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Martinsburgh VA Dec 14
My dearest Jenny
This is a very cold dis-
agreeable day and I find comparatively little
to do at HdQrs. I have just been down
sitting with Col Taft
Birth: 1832-09-10 Death: 1867-01-20
who is staying with
us. He is feeling quite badly about being
mustered out. Col Snyder
Birth: 1830-01-09 Death: 1914-10-27
who is the cause
of all his trouble has certainly acted in
bad faith towards him. I am much in hopes
however through fathers
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
influence to get him
an order from the War Dept to muster in as
Colonel. Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
told him that father would do
all he could to assist him and if he suc-
ceeds Lt Col Snyder will probably find that
his ambition to be Col has carried him one
step to far. Capt Knowles
Birth: 1833 Death: 1906
tells me
that his wife
Birth: 1840 Death: 1924
and Mrs Taft
Birth: 1833-08-23 Death: 1905-01-01
were talking of
going over to see you and had written to
ask you if it would be convenient for you
to see them. I am sorry to hear
that you do not gain strength faster, you must
be very careful when you do get able to go about
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againt, that you do not keep yourself
to much confined at home, as it is not
absolutely necessary.
I have many pleasant vision of my
return to civil life and find future
plans for comfort & profit too numerous
to mention continually entering my head
and being replaced by new ones. If I
should attempt[ t ]
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to carry out one half of them
I should have to live a hundred years at
least. Everything still seems to hang upon
Shermans
Birth: 1820-02-08 Death: 1891-02-14
success and so far that seems complete
what his movements will be after he reaches
the Sea Coast I do not know but I think
his campaign will have a very material effect
on the War generally. I sincerely hope that
matters may be in such a shape that
I can return home by the middle of
Feby but of course there is nothing
certain in regard to it yet so I do
not wish you to set your mind
upon it. I shall certainly resign if
I think I can do so with credit
to myself
Tell dear little Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
that Papa
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has no one to wake up him up in the
morning now
George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
with one of the staff has
just returned from Frederick City
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where
they have been for a couple of days
Love to all
Your
Will
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Mrs Wm H Seward Jr
Auburn N.Y.
MARTINSBURGH W.V.
16 DEC
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dec. 14th 1864