Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 10, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 10, 1848



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 10, 1848

action: sent

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: Mexico

transcription: obm 

revision: tap 2018-07-23

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Auburn Feb 10th 1848
My dear Son,
I have waited rather an unusual
time since writing my last letter hoping
to be assured of your arrival at the City
of Mexico
— The papers inform us that Gen
Birth: 1792-01-12 Death: 1881-08-07
command arrived there the 7th of
December — a train for Vera Cruz left
the 9th two days after, by this train
I confidently expected a letter but as
none came I infer either that you
did not arrive in time to write or
that you were prevented by illness —
It makes me so wretched that I dare
not dwell upon the last supposition I
try to feel altogether thankful that you
have escaped so many dangers and to
hope that you are still safe — You were
so kind in writing so many letters from
Jalapa that I ought perhaps to feel content
but it is now nearly three months
since the date of the last which is a
long long time for a Mother to be
ignorant of the movements of a dear child
Of one thing I am perfectly sure that you
who are always co so kind and considerate

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I have detained this letter some days in order that Aunt
Clara might finish hers to send with it —nothing
new has occurred — I feel quite uncertain when or
how to direct this but it must take its chance
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have not failed to write when an opportunity
offered — My last letter was written some
time in January, after Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
and the boys
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 

had left me — and your father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
was in Washington
Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has been with me two weeks
her health is not good this Winter though I
think she is better now than when she came —
She says Frances received an entertaining letter
from you written at Jalapa which they
will answer when Aunty returns — they
were uncertain where to direct a letter — Aunty
will remain about a week longer — Fred
sent me the letter you wrote to him after
having answered it — Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is writing
an answer to hers which will accompany
this — Your father returned from Washington
a week ago — While there he met Col Belknap
Birth: 1794-09-07 Death: 1851-11-10

who was on the way to Mexico and is to take
command of the 5th Regiment — which we are
informed is now at Tacubaya — not far
from the city of Mexico — I imagine that you
are among them and am very anxious to hear
something of their intended monuments —
We hear many rumors of Peace which I
pray may be consummated but it is
yet in a state of harassing uncertainty
Your father met at Washington many
persons from Mexico among others two sons
x Birth: 1816-10-07  Death: 1872-07-22  Birth: 1807-09-30  Death: 1866-11-11 

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of the Emperor Iturbide
Birth: 1783-09-27 Death: 1824-07-19
— one of them a prisoner on
parole — Gen Quitman
Birth: 1799-09-01 Death: 1858-07-17
is at present in Albany
receiving numerous demonstrations of respect from
the citizens — I should like much to send you
a Newspaper occasionally but suppose it would
hardly reach its destination — I am somewhat
curious to know how many of my letters come
to your hands — The battle of Buena Vista
is to be celebrated in New York on the 22d of
this month by — great preparations are being
made by the friends of General Taylor
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09

Gen Taylor and Mr Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
are the two most
prominent candidates for President — The
convention for nominating the candidate is
to convene some time in June — The Demo-
cratic convention comes off in May — I am
not able to speak with any degree of certainty
of their candidate indeed I do not know
who is talked of — I believe I have heard
no village news that would interest you —
Little girls and boys are every day becoming
young ladies and gentlemen — parties are
frequent — now and them a marriage
occurs but I believe none among our ac-
quantences — William Muir
Birth: 1824-09-16 Death: 1900-05-02
has become the
Uncle of a little girl
Birth: 1848-02
at Seneca Falls
Mrs Perry
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
and Alice
Birth: 1843-10-26
continue to board with
Aunt Clara — Aunty and I took tea there
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with Mrs Sherwood

Editorial Note

Possibly either Phila Sherwood
Birth: 1794-02-11 Death: 1866-02-03
or Henrietta Sacketts Sherwood
Birth: 1796-03-24 Death: 1852-11-14
yesterday —little Catherine
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08Certainty: Possible

is just recovering from measles — Willie and
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
do not get them yet — Willie is not
well though better than he was early in the
Winter — Fanny is perfectly well — grows rapidly
and talks incessantly — We have had less
snow this Winter than in many years — The
winter has been unusually mild — much of
the weather no colder than October —
Cousin Frances is making her first experiments
at housekeeping alone — I believe she succeeds
very well — I have no doubt that she is ass-
isted by Henry
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
and his sister Catherine


who is there part of the time — Frances' engage-
ment appears to be publicly known — I do not
think any time is appointed for her marriage
I hope you will come home in time to be
groomsman, indeed Aunty says it will be
delayed for that purpose — The paper of
this morning brings the intelligence that a train
was to leave Mexico for Vera Cruz the 15 of
Jan — I hope it will bring me a letter from
you — Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is well — sleeping on the
sofa at the present time — I have not told you
that poor old Snip
 Death: 1848
is dead — he died about
two weeks ago — of old age — he had been about
as well as usual this week previous — ate his
supper that night but seemed to suffer from cramps
Birth: 1827
found him dead in the little shed between the
barn and carriage house in the morning —
peace to his ashes —

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All join in love and good wishes to you
May God ever bless and keep you
your affectionate