Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1832

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1832



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1832

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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 

revision: ekk 2015-05-21

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Wednesday night - 20th
My Dear Henry, Two such long days I never remember, happily they are
the longest of the season - I had the hypo


A Greek preposition for under, beneath • A morbid depression of the spirits •
all day yesterday — did not
even go to see Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
— recieved a very desponding
Tasteless; destitute of taste; wanting the qualities which affect the organs of taste • Wanting spirit, life, or animation; wanting pathos, or the power of exciting emotions • Wanting power to gratify desire •
note from her
during the afternoon. After tea very much to my astonishment
Sarah Scott
Birth: 1811 Death: 1837
announced Mr Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
. I was very very glad to see
him and to see him looking so well. I suppose he will be with you
before this letter reaches you as he thought he would not be detained
more than two days at Utica. He staid with us but a very short
time, attempted to reason me out of my fears of the Cholera, with
very little success however. Caroline Miller
Birth: 1810
called in the evening
I was glad to see her feeling just now some degree of looming kindness
towards mankind in general. she will spend two or three days
with us before she returns home. I sat up late for the purpose
of seeing the Journal and reading Cholera news, felt considerably
relieved that Albany still continued in a healthy state, conclud–
ed you would take the disease on the rail road as there appears
to have been a death there of suspicious character. This morning
the earliest intelligence, communicated the satisfactory information
that 3 cases of Cholera had appeared in the village. Sarah Scott said
that Harriet Rupel
Birth: 1818
told her that Dr Pitney
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
told Mrs Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
this was the case, making due allowance for, the propensity to exag–
gerate stories of all kinds common to the first part of the authority
I thought it possible that there might be one case of local Cholera
Morbus in la town. Mary Ann Browell
soon after arrived and deposed
that a man was taken in the night with Cholera real Asiatick Cholera
who lived the next door to them. he had been on the Canal recently
but what part unable to say. This report is very current in town this
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evening. I do not know how much foundation there may be for it. Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
Cha sceptical, advises the use of chloride of lime that is advises
to sprinkle it about. if he could cleanse himself by the oper-
ation I think it would be advisable. I took little Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
this af-
ternoon and walked up to see Lazette. She had gone to ride out
I staid until she returned, found her improving in health and spirits
came home to tea. old Mrs Fields
Birth: 1756-11-04 Death: 1840-03-28
took tea with us. she lamented
much that she had not seen you before you went away. Pa has been
to Skaneateles. I am tired so good night dearest.
Thursday night — This morning the earliest intelligence I recieved was
that the case of cholera was not the cholera Asiatick but the cholera
of this country and the patient in a fair way to recover.
Maria Kellogg
Birth: 1811 Death: 1839
called this morning with her little brother David
Birth: 1821-09-24 Death: 1880-08-20

whom I last saw in pantaletts he is now a large boy of
11 years. Maria is a very plain girl not remarkably intelligent
I imagine. This afternoon Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and I have been out to make calls
what a heartless piece of business it is for me. I believe some people
enjoy such things better than I do. Well we went first to Mrs
— not at home — then to Meritts
Certainty: Probable
where we could not
get in because they were painting, fence, steps &c. then to Haskins
Birth: 1790 Death: 1878

staid there until Clary went to sleep and by way of arousing her
I proposed continuing our interesting expedition. Then we called
at Dr Rudds
Birth: 1779-05-24 Death: 1848-04-15
to see Mrs Howe and Caroline Miller. Mrs Howe
appeared very much like Sarah Hulbert
Birth: 1808 Death: 1866-04-16Certainty: Probable
Caroline amiable
Worthy of love; deserving of affection; lovely; loveable • Pretending or showing love •
, Mrs
Rudd dignified and the Dr as though he was greviously afflicted
with the asthma. Thence to Wallaces
, found George Swan
Birth: 1807 Death: 1897Certainty: Probable
Ann alias Mrs Andrews
Birth: 1805 Death: 1839-04-14
had just left for Aurora. it appears
that George passed through here yesterday on his way to Albany
I was sorry I did not see Ann. From Wallaces we went to George
Birth: 1793-04-12 Death: 1854-02-23
— not at home — thence to Mrs Akins
to see Mrs Enos
— not
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at home but we went in to see Miss Akin
. finally we stopped at Lazettes
how refreshing to be glad once to find the inmates of the house at home,
but even this enjoyment was of short duration as Mrs Eleazer
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
made her appearance at the door in a few moments and contin-
ued with us during the remainder of our visit. Lazette continues
better but Harriet
Certainty: Probable
is ill and Clark
Certainty: Probable
is about leaving in pursuit of
higher wages. We got home to tea about 7. Pa had taken both the
little boys
x Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 
to ride. Augustus’ examination took place this afternoon
but I cannot obtain much light on the subject from him I asked him
if the boys spelt, he said no, they read first and then spelt afterwards
and Debby


called after tea and Clary went with them to see
Mrs Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
, has just come home went to the Lyceum

in place of going
to Mrs Horners. Dick
Birth: 1780-10-17 Death: 1850-11-19Certainty: Possible
lectured on Mineralogy. I am extremely tired
with my walk this afternoon and must join my little boys in their
slumbers. I wish I could see the Journal but Pa has taken it
with him to his bedroom and to night it must remain to me a sealed
book. Friday night — I had half persuaded
To influence by argument, advice, or intreaty • To convince by arguments, or reasons offered •
myself that I should get
a letter to night but, I know it is almost impossible. I have just
returned from Lazettes. she is not so well to day coughs a great part
of the time. Harriet is confined to her bed and Clark leaves tomorrow
night I do not know where to find any one to assist her and Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16

does not appear to take any interest in the matter. Every one is still
alarmed about the cholera, talk of nothing else, camphor has risen in
price and some of the druggist have sold out all their chloride of lime
I paid 50 cents for a quantity of camphor that I might have purchased
a fortnight ago for 12. We hear that the cholera is at Geneva
Syracuse &c. I put little confidence in these reports however, but
I feel homesick to night, feel as if my heart was at least 170 miles
away, have not seen the evening paper. Dr and Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05-06
called this
evening while I was out. Caroline Miller is here spending a day or two.
I have written this letter in the evening entirely. I know it is hardly legible
my eyes are so weak. Please remember me to all our friends to Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
ularly and above all to Tracy. Tell Mr Cary I was sorry that he
did not call. It appears to me that this is an intolerably dull
commonplace letter but I know it will be acceptable from your own Frances
The little boys are quite well Fred loquacious as usual.
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My Dear Henry I open this letter this morning to say that I recieved yours of
Thursday morning last evening. It was very gratifying to be assured by yourself
of your well being.
23d June 1832
William H. Seward
Congress Hall
JUN 23


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