Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, December 7, 1844

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Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, December 7, 1844
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1844-12-07

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Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, December 7, 1844

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sender: Samuel Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05  Death: 1849-08-24

location: Florida, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: bpt 

revision: crb 2018-07-10

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Saturday 10 Oclock PM 7 Dec 1844
My dear Wm Henry
Your beloved mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
is still
(beyond the expectations of every one) with us
but more than A week since she has refused
every kind of sustenance except Paregoric
and cold water – She has passed through
every foreboding Symptom of death
,viz, tursyfaction of the extremities [ Diarria ]
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Alternate Text: Diarrhea

cold sweat constant pain & anxiety so as
to be lifted from ones bed to another every
five minutes – since the [ suscession ]
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Alternate Text: succession
of all
those trying symptoms she has slept a
number of different knaps of from one to
three hours at a time is perfectly sensible
resigned to Gods time – Has called her
Children
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
Grand Children
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near and dear
friends to gather as far as they are com[ p ]
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and took her leave of them and exclaims
Oh my God if though art ready I am
willing but not my will but the Lords
be done – Oh Henry if you could be
with us in these days of trial & afflictions
now what can we say more – Why the
breath of life is still in her and she is
in the hand of her merciful re-
deemer and the will of the Lord be
done – You will say that I repeat often
those agonizing scenes – My answer is that
after hearing those groans and seeing
her struggles with Death - - The only
relief I have is to pour it out to
some friend from a lonely room
to mitigate my own aggonies
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Sunday evening. Mrs Finn
Birth: 1811 Death: 1874-06Certainty: Possible
and Polydore
Birth: 1797-06-02 Death: 1872-04-23

watched with her last night – she slept
much of the time - The Diaria continuing
this morning she called for food took
two table spoons full the first in 8 days
this is the last she would touch - has sleeped
and appears spedily drawing to a close I
suppose there is no prospect of your being with
us in this trying scene
Monday 3 OClock PM Mama has failed very
much the last twenty four hours – Has frequent
faint spells – and it appears as though each
succeeding one must be the last – should a
change take place this evening I will write
you again before the Mail leaves Goshen
Your affectionate and most
afflicted father
Samuel S Seward
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Yours of the 29th relative to a Loan to
Col Mchan
Birth: 1768-03 Death: 1846-12-13
has been received and from the
Awfull situation of the family together
with my own indispositions I feel myself
compeled at least for a time to relinquish
all kind of business – The Idea of a Loan
to the Col in all Due, must at least be sus-
pended – untill a more suitable season
for reviewing such A corrispondence
Monday 9 Dec 1844
Yours SSS
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Florida NY
Dec 9th.
Hon William H Seward
Auburn
Cayuga Co
N.Y.
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
S.S. Seward
Dec 7th
1844