Letter from Louisa Cornelia Seward Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, February 25, 1828

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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, February 25, 1828



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Letter from Louisa Cornelia Canfield to Frances Miller Seward, February 25, 1828

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sender: Louisa Canfield
Birth: 1805  Death: 1839-01-04

location: Florida, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: keh 

revision: crb 2016-02-02

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Florida Feb y 25th
My dear Frances
You might well be at a loss to know
what we thought of you from the length of time you
have kept us in ignorance of everything that concerns
you – & for myseflf I had almost made up my
mind not to think of you at all, and had seriously
recommended it to those who wished to have an opportu-
nity of taking leave of all their friends to take to
matrimony by way of apology – we might as well live
on opposite sides of the Atlantic from the intercourse
we have with each other. You have been sick and in
trouble. I have been gadding about now I hope we shall
be more like Sisters. I have been thinking seriously
of writing to let you know where I was – but the fine
sleighing has not left me much time for specculatingon
but if I had known you were sick I would have
written for my own satisfaction sometimes – some
two or three months since I went to New Burgh
and made my friend Cornelia
a visit of three
weeks – which of course I spent very pleasantly
notwithstanding I do hate N. B – from there I went
with Papa
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
to New York where he went on for
Birth: 1799 Death: 1872-04-23
– it happened fortunately that my visit
was made while Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
was yet on the Canal
poor Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-25
was almost discouraged

[left Margin] Grandma who has just wakened tells me to give her love & a kiss for the
little Boy. You do not know how much we wish to see him and all of you
let us hear from you occasionally how you all do & what you are all

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She had a lone seige of months but now (I suppose
tis all over. I had a delightful visit, New York
Frances after all is the most charming place in the
world I wish you would consent to come there to live
we should see ^you^ then once in a while & I am sure
you would enjoy a city life after an initiation
in all its advantages over the Country.
I went once to see (not hear) the seigniorinna
, she is the most fascinnating actress
I ever saw on the stage she is sweetness itself but
her music to me) is all affectation I could not bear it.
The weather was most bitter cold I went out but little
had a very sociable pleasant time at home –
saw Eliza Archer
Birth: 1799-06-20 Death: 1884-12-19
she enquired particularly after you
sorry I could not give her much information.
You cannot think how much it puzzled me that none
of you wrote a word. I dreamed of you continually
saw you with the little Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
& just as I was
going to take him I found it was only a dream –
but if you will come in May it will make up for
all. Ma
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
is fearful you will change your mind tis
so long till then, we will promise to take good care of
the invalids and procure the widower for a Sunday
Evenings Beau for Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
We have had one of the gayest or I might make
use of the superlative degree – the most delightful
winters I ever remember the sleighing has been fine &
the inclination to enjoy it and be happy has been
predominant – our Jersey cousins
x Birth: 1757-08-16  Death: 1830-01-11  Birth: 1754-08-02  Death: 1799-04-02 
enmasse have been
up some that we never saw or heard of before & all
our friends have renewed their old aqcquaintance & we
have done our share of visiting – the winding up how-
ever was not so agreeable.
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Papa sent George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
& I down to New Burgh Ball to
make our fortunes at the Washington Ball, where we
reached Sallisbury

a little more than half way we
had to leave our sleigh & procure wheels for the
remainder of the journey we reached Mr Hunns
Birth: 1794-05-20 Death: 1847-07-31
safetey & had a pleasant Ball, staid until the
day following after dinner & rode from Sallisbury
home on bare ground in a cutter. I never can forget
how it made my teeth ach, and I had the most
awful sick headach ever poor mortal was doomed
to endure and I have not recovered from it yet
somehow or other I alway dreded the few days
succeeding a Ball for I get the vapors to such an
excess that I imagine the weight
of evry sin except original sin
upon my shoulders.
Polydore has busied himself the last week in endeav-
ouring to get up a Ball in Florida I see he has suc-
ceeded so far in getting managers & tickets filled up
Balls & parties seem all the rage now the matrimo-
nial mania has passed by. The Warwickers gave Hull
Birth: 1801-01-08 Death: 1880-03-29
a Ball after his wedding. By the Bye if you
spend the summer with us I suspect we shall have
you at a wedding of one of our own family – our
younger Brother seems to have made up his mind to
take a wife some those day but I suppose I must
not tell tales – what does Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
call her Babe
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
how old is it. I expect you have heard how unfortunate
Marcia has been in losing another Babe
Birth: 1827-02-07 Death: 1827
before Jennings
return to the City, she was tolerably smart the last
we heard from her. Jennings spent 2 days with
us on his return. Polydore sends his love & George
too to all – make mine to my Brother
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
Aunt Clara I shall write to her soon your affectionate Sister

[left Margin] Have you seen
Vivian Grey
 Publisher: Collins & Hannay Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1826-27

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Mrs Frances A Seward
Cayuga Co
New York
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Samuel Seward

Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
26 Feb
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Cornelia Seward