Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 6, 1847

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 6, 1847



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 6, 1847

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Veracruz, Mexico

transcription: msr 

revision: crb 2018-07-17

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Auburn Nov 6th 1847
My dear Son,
I write again this is the 3d letter
still uncertain whether you have reached
Vera Cruz in safety — It is the 7th week
since you sailed and next week I shall
begin to expect a letter — I see no mention
made of the arrival of the Ohio though
we have intelligence from Vera Cruz as
late as the 19th of Oct — After this I
shall write as often as once in ten days
as I think it probable many of my
letters will be lost — The latest accounts
from Mexico represent Gen Scott
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29
as being
in peaceful posession of the city of Mexico
though our information is all derived from
letters no official communication having
reached Washington How much this
state of uncertainty aggravates the horrors
of War — We hear too of the safety
of Col Childs
Birth: 1796-03-16 Death: 1853-10-08
about whom some fears
were entertained — Gen Patterson
Birth: 1792-01-12 Death: 1881-08-07
our last account is to march in a few
day with 3 or 4000 men — how many
times in the day do I say to myself
“Is Augustus among them” but before
I can be assured that you have safely
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encountered the perils of the Ocean you will
be exposed to the equal dangers of the land
I have little to write that is new — Your
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
has returned from Albany [ afer ]

Alternate Text

Alternate Text: after
absence of three — been to Rochester to argue
a cause and is now here in Court —
The election has passed — the Whigs have
carried the state by an unparalleled
majority — Mr Mor Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-03
is elected
Secretary of State — Mr Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29
to the Assembly — Mr Hunt
Birth: 1798 Death: 1858-10-23
of Chenango
is Treasurer — I presume there are others
of our immediate acquaintances selected
to fill places of trust but I do not recollect
them just now — Mr Morgan’s
election dicides the matter of your
fathers going to Albany — he will now
remain here which you know is much
more pleasant for me — Although his
frequent absences amount almost to a
total exile still I feel that his home
is here — Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
writes that he will
probably be home the last of this month
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
the week before Christmas —
I shall expect Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
to make
me a visit before long — she writes that
x Birth: 1826-12-12  Death: 1909-08-24  Birth: 1797-03-06  Death: 1856-02-16 
are not fairly settled in their new
home yet — Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well
thinks of you constantly — she has come
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to the conclusion that she will take Mrs Perry
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07

and her little girl
Birth: 1843-10-26
to board this Winter —
perhaps it is just as well — she will be
very lonely when Catherine Miller
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898
home — I do not learn that any time
is appointed for Catherine and Mr Huson
Birth: 1822 Death: 1861-10-14

to be married — he is very attentive and
apparently very much in love – he was
admitted an attorney some time this
week — Mr Perry
Birth: 1807 Death: 1875
has not been home
since we saw him at Detroit – he is still
engaged in exhibiting the ‘court of death’
somewhere at the south — Robert
Birth: 1834 Death: 1884-10-01
is with
him — Mrs Perry was anxious to join him
this Fall but her friends have persuaded her
to remain here — John Dill
Birth: 1804 Death: 1866
has sold his
place and is to board at Ethan Wardens
Birth: 1803-10-21 Death: 1861-03-22

Catherine Leonard
Birth: 1827 Death: 1891-12-31
and her Sister Jenny
Birth: 1835 Death: 1891-05-02

were both sick the whole time they
were here with chills and fever — they
returned to their father
Birth: 1811 Death: 1893-04-23
some weeks ago
who has been ill ever since they came
away — I met Mrs Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
in the street the
other day — She said Catherine spoke in very
warm terms of our politeness to her which
compliment I believe you and your father
at most appropriate, I was too ill to
be very polite to any body — If God
in his infinite mercy does again restore
you to us once more we shall I think
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have many pleasant and some painful recollections
of our last Summers excursion to recal – You
undoubtedly remember the smiling face and
bright black eye of Mrs Scott
Birth: 1814 Death: 1854-09-27
at Milwaukie
The last battle has taken from her her husband
Birth: 1788-01-17 Death: 1847-09-08
She is one among the thousands of mourners, with whom
we chanced to be personally acquainted —
Our house has been again in the hands of the mason
and joiner we have had a furnace constructed
in the cellar which promises to warm a
portion of the house very comfortably — it is
just finished — Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
finds much amusement
in the novel employment of opening and
closing the registers and driving the warm
air to the wrong rooms — I hope this will
wear away – he is remarkably well this
win Fall — rides and walks every day.
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is well — rides John’s Pony
as usual.
John and Dennis
Birth: 1827
are busy with the garden
I work with them a day occasionally
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
says I must tell Au Gusy that she is
well and that he had “better come home quick”
Aunty and Frances send love whenever I
write — We all think of you and love
you more than you can imagine —
May God bless ^you^ and keep you in the path
of rectitude — Remember that a wise man
said “Greater is he that ruleth his own Spirit
than he that taketh a City” —
your affectionate
Mother —