Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 29, 1837

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 29, 1837



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, March 29, 1837

action: sent

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: Westfield, NY

transcription: msr 

revision: tap 2017-02-21

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Wednesday Morning 29th
My dearest Henry, Today Mr Lucas
Birth: 1799 Death: 1839-08-25
has a donation
party I wish you were here to tell me what I ought
to send I am in quite a quandary. I received
a letter from you yesterday dated the 22d. Your
is indeed very scrupolous-do his con-
gregation notice his omission of the prayer for
the president. Granger
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31
passed through here
on his way home last week-he sent word to
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
that he was at the American. I have heard
Pa say nothing about him. Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
continues con-
valescent she sits up part of the time but does
not leave her room yet-her eyes are very weak.
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
is as well as usual but has not quite
regained his former strength. Pa is desirous that
I should send the boys to school which with
due deference I will c not consent to do so
long as I can teach them in one week more
than they have ever learned at school in six—
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
who had advanced to compound Division
in Arithmetic while at school could not
when I commenced with him enumerate 1,000,000.
I have the satisfaction of knowing that what I do teach
them they learn thoroughly. I am sorry Augustus cannot
proceed with his Latin but I cannot think at his
age that it is advisable to sacrifice all his English
studies to the acquirement of that language.
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I asked Dr Smith
Birth: 1780-12-27 Death: 1839-12-04
the other day where he sent Charles
Birth: 1829-08-28 Death: 1882-04-04
he said to Mr Lockwood
Birth: 1793-11-07 Death: 1875-02-12Certainty: Probable
- “does he learn to spell”
“Why I told Lockwood that I would have him taught
to spell if he learned nothing else” Well does he
teach him.”-“Why the truth is I believe he tries
but I discovered from a note the other day
that the man knew nothing about spelling
himself”—this was pretty conclusive evidence that
he could not teach others-and I believe it is
the case with half the teachers we have in this
age of rapid improvement. The Dr was in pursuit
of another teacher for charl Charles and seemed to think
I was particularly fortunate in having leisure to instruct
my boys. Friday morning-Well I sent $10
to Mr Lucas-Pa was there he said there were not
many people but they received about $200-
$90 in cash. We see no one I do not know
but we shall lose cast entirely by the fearful
visitation of this winter. You will hardly credit
that people can still fear contagion from coming
to see us-but I was told a week or two ago
that this was the case. Through Clara's illness
Mrs Dean
 Death: 1898
, Mrs Benedict
Birth: 1791 Death: 1869-12-30
, H. Hughes
and our cousins
Unknown Birth:   Death:  Certainty: Possible
the only women I have seen-it is but justice to
dear Mrs Horner
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31
to say she is confined at home with
a sprained ancle. Eliza has never had the measles.
Well it has been a good lesson for me- “the friendship
of this world is but a shadow”—in most instances
I cannot say that I have ever once felt this neglect
painful to my pride but I am afraid I have in-
dulged too contemptuous a feeling for the weakness
which occasions it. I am afraid I have little of that
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Charity which “never faileth”— Why is it that
generally we find more real magnanimity
among the lower classes! They do not seem
to shrink from danger and bury all kindly
feeling in a selfish regard for their own safety so
frequently as those who are better educated!
Mrs Chase
Birth: 1791 Death: 1862-10-14Certainty: Possible
and Beardsley
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15
have dissolved
partnership-she leaves the house today. Mr
Birth: 1782-08-23 Death: 1860-01-12Certainty: Possible
takes her place. Beardsley has been star-
ved into this arrangement and finally told Mrs
Chase that one or the other must quit-he
says she burns up all his wood and yet does
cook any food that can be eaten. Mrs Dean
says it was bad enough there—Mrs Hills’
Birth: 1790-10-15 Death: 1857-10-25


Editorial Note

Eliza Ann Wilcox Hills
Birth: 1821-04-29
or Emily Almira Hills
Birth: 1813-10-25
or Mary Wilcox Hills
Birth: 1816-02-17 Death: 1897
or Clarissa Hills
Birth: 1814-11-10 Death: 1883
left yesterday with a similar complaint.
Tomorrow as the little boys say is April fool’s day
and in ten days more I may expect you home.
I am anxious to know if you hear anything
from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
yet. Nathan Osborne
Birth: 1791
yesterday and commenced trimming the trees but
was called away by the illness of his little boy

Editorial Note

Henry Osborne
Birth: 1820-07-08 Death: 1900
or Lyman Osborne
Birth: 1831-04-17 Death: 1902-08-29
or George Barton Osborne
Birth: 1833-10-01 Death: 1895-10-20
Clara does not seem to gain much her eyes
a[ re ]


very weak and she has a violent pain in her
limbs much of the time-her cough continues
but is not alarming-I hope Pa will escape
he has no symptoms yet and it is about time
for them to manifest themselves if he has imbibed
the disease. 33 students in the Seminary have the
measels-it is prevailing generally among children.
The little boys send love and kisses-your own Frances
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William H. Seward
Chautauqua County


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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
FA Seward
March 29. 1837