Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 18, 1831

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 18, 1831



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 18, 1831

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: anb 2014-09-01

revision: crb 2015-09-01

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Sunday 18th
My Dear Henry —- I yesterday recieved your letter from Providence
which was nearly one week on the road . it was very interesting and
after reading it to Grandma
Birth: 1742-06-02 Death: 1831-10-21
she advised me not to destroy any of your
letters but keep them for the children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
to read besides “we do not
know what may happen.” - dear old lady she does not know how carefully
I have always treasured up your letters or she would not have thought
the caution necessary. It is a clear cold day. Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and Henrietta

have gone to Church. Henrietta talks of going home tomorrow. I believe
there were never two people more alike than she and Mary Ann
Birth: 1805-05-02 Death: 1848-01-09
, in taste, in manners and in principle, or rather want of
principle. but Henrietta is far inferior to Mary Ann in beauty
for I did sometimes think Mary ann handsome but I could
never look on Henrietta in that light. Like Mary ann too she likes
flirting but cannot endure the idea of getting married. “Oh dreadful”
said she the other morning as I was nursing little Fred “what a trouble
babies are.” Perhaps she is not blameable for the idea but delicacy
should have forbidden the expression. Mrs Warren
left here Friday
afternoon, is to meet her husband
at Syracuse. Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
spent the
afternoon here - went home in the evening quite ill as she then thought
the effects of eating unripe grapes. Yesterday morning Emery
came down &
said she was very sick that the Dr had been there part of the night.
I went up as soon as I could found her somewhat more comfortable
but had suffered a violent attack of the Cholera Morbus.This morning
I sent up. she was still better. I shall go up again after tea and
read her your last letter. I saw Dr. Humphrey
Birth: 1785-05-17 Death: 1848-03-09
, there and obtained
from him a recipe for the medicine which always benefitted Augus–
tus when he had the summer complaint. I commenced to day
administering it to Frederick can hardly judge yet of its efficacy.
Grandma feels convinced that I must by this time feel satisfied after
all the trouble I have had at Romulus that home is the best place
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for children and I often while there thought nothing would again induce
one to leave home. he has slept almost two hours to day and seems
so much refreshed—a thing he never did when away from his cradle.
Tuesday night. Last night Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-03Certainty: Probable
brought over your last letter
written at Quincy. you say nothing about coming home but
I conclude do not purpose to go on to Baltimore. I heard
to day that George Throop
Birth: 1793-04-12 Death: 1854-02-23
was expected home next week. I am
glad to hear that Cornelia
Birth: 1805 Death: 1839-01-04
intends returning with you but shall
hardly dare believe she will actually come until you arrive.
Sunday evening I went up accompanied by Augustus to see
Lazette. found her sitting up—much better. Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
came in
and made some enquiries about your being at Providence. he
had learned you was there at the post office by the post mark
of your letter. I was very ignorant about your business. I wish
he would not talk to me at all I should be quite satisfied if he would
allow me to come to the house and would gladly dispense with any
other attention. He was or appeared to be very much alarmed about
the small pox. I do not know as I told you that there was a
case of small pox in Lumber street while we were at Romulus.
The disease was communicated to a woman by Dr Pitney’s
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
her without changing his dress after he had been with a child
somewhere on the canal ill with the small pox. She was removed
to black Harry’s
dwelling as not other person would recieve her.
On Sunday we heard of four more cases all persons who were
living in the house with the woman at the time she was taken.
Monday morning they were all removed from the village and
to day we have heard of four or five more cases. I sent
this morning for Dr Humphreys to come and vaccinate Fred
he came but said he had no good vaccine but should have some
on Friday when he will come again. Frederick appears to
be quite well but is very peevish and restless. I do not know
what ails the little fellow he does not appear diseased but is very weak.
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Sunday evening when I came home I found Blanchard
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11
and Goodwin
Birth: 1805 Death: 1885-10-29
to see Henrietta. Blanchard has been every night but one since she
came. Saturday morning they rode out to Skaneateles. Henrietta went
home Monday noon, very much pleased with Goodwin. he called the
Morning she left. Clary called yesterday afternoon to see Lazette. she
continued better and thought of going to Miss Hoffman’s wedding in the
evening. Last evening Serene
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
, Jane Dill
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
, Mrs Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
and Amanda Worden

called. Sarah Hulbert
Birth: 1808 Death: 1866-04-16
called in the afternoon, report says she - is to
be married to Howe
Birth: 1801 Death: 1860-07-15
next week. Hugh
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
was here last night. Clary
says this morning that he is a fool. This afternoon Mrs Fosgate
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11

Mrs Hamilton
Birth: 1805 Death: 1889
and Mrs Richardson
Birth: 1778 Death: 1857-08-21
took tea with us. They have
now all gone home and Clay is over to see Serene. I have read
stories to Augustus until he has gone to sleep. I am now going down to get
Fred and then to sleep myself. good night dear one.
Wednesday night — Lazette has just gone home she spent
the afternoo[ n w ]


Reason: wax-seal
ith us. the calomel
Free; voluntary; granted without claim or merit; not required by justice • Asserted or taken without proof •
she has taken has
roduced a very sore mouth - she can hardly eat an[ y ]


Reason: wax-seal

thing. This evening Debby


and her mother Wood
here Mrs Wood is a very pleasant woman—quite
unlike any of her children

that I have seen - I suppose
they which the disagreeable from thier father
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02
Thursday morning — I wrote last evening with Frederick in my arms
and as he insisted upon having pen ink and paper I could
write only a few lines. This morning I sent up to Lazette she
was more unwell thinks she took some cold last evening.
We hear of two more cases of small pox one three or four doors
above Lazette’s and one on the upper part of Grover street
I feel considerably alarmed about it as it does not appear
to be a decided opinion that vaccination is always
a preventative. Beardsley
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15
recieved a letter from Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

Monday evening he was to leave Albany on Sunday.
Your own Frances.
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William H. Seward
Congress Hall
SEP 22


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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Frances A. Seward
9 Sept. 1831