Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 19, 1848

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 19, 1848



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, November 19, 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: Fort Smith, AR

transcription: pxc 

revision: crb 2018-07-19

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Auburn Nov 19th 1848
My dear Son,
Some how I have been fancying that I ought
to hear from you before I wrote again but I believe
this expectation was based upon the supposition
that you would write from Little Rock
when I saw it announced that a detachment
of the Army had arrived – I am quite
anxious to know of your progress – So I must
be content to wait a while longer before
I see you – Gen Taylor
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
a week or ten
days ago replied to your fathers
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
I like his letter so much that I will
copy it entire –
Baton Rouge – Oct 24 –
“Dear Sir
Yours of the 10th of October making the
request that your son Lt. A. H. Seward 5th Inf. be
granted leave of absence to visit his friends, was duly
received, through the Hon Truman Smith
Birth: 1791-11-27 Death: 1884-05-03
I find on consulting the rolls of the 5th Regt – that
Lt. Seward is left in command of his company
by the absence of the Capt – and 1st Lt – and regret

[top Margin] I send this letter to
Ft Smith as you
directed –
We are all much pleased
with the prints – Aunt
Clara is coming up
to see them to night –

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therefore that the good of the service compels me
at this time to deny your request.
Whenever either officers shall join, I will
gladly afford him the opportunity to visit his family,
but would suggest that he be advised to prof[ f ]


his application in the usual form, passing
his request, at the proper time, through the
channel pointed out in the Regulations.
I am sir, with much respect &
Your Obedt Servt
Z Taylor”
I doubt not that upon the whole it is all for the
best though the yearnings of a mothers heart
would make it otherwise – Before this letter
came I was disturbed by the fear that you
might in some way be embarrassed by your
fathers application – The Gen. understands
it all as a mutual personal friend explained
at the time the reasons for the request –
We are all much rejoiced that Gen Taylor
is elected President – Our State gives him
a large majority – The Telegraph enabled
us to get the returns so much sooner than we
used to do, that Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
had the house illuminated
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four days after the election – I believe Gen Taylor to
be a good and honest man – His dispatches evince
great ability – he has seen so much hard service
that he will not be likely to sink under increased
responsibilities – Do when you write tell me just
how your time is occupied – what society you
have and whether you find time for reading –
Your Father met at Rochester a few weeks ago
a Capt. Hamilton
who complimented you very
highly – He spoke in flattering terms of your high
moral character and your efficiency as an
officer – Now pray tell me when you will
come home or whether I must make a journey
to Arkansas to see you – Are you in the midst
of the Indians & what nation – In your intercourse
with them do not forget that they are an injured
race – degraded and made vicious by their
conquerers – that they were comparatively happy
and innocent when their country was first
invaded by the White Man – Yesterday
I received the engravings you sent by Lt. Hunt
Birth: 1819-09-14 Death: 1889-02-11

I regretted extremely that he did not stop
He has had been exposed to much danger since
you parted – You have probably seen or heard
an account of their perils by sea – The spih Ship
in which they embarked after tossing about
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in the Gulf for 10 days during which time Lt
Birth: 1818 Death: 1848-10-08
and 4 men
died they were obliged to
return to New Orleans – The last accounts say
that they have reached Buffalo by railroad
from N. York – but I have not been able
to learn in what manner they came to that City
whether by sea or land. I wrote you last
Summer that Uncle Polydore
Birth: 1799 Death: 1872-04-23
had lost his wife
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14

Death has again visited the family – Uncle George’s
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07

wife – Tempe
Birth: 1812-09-30 Death: 1848-10-18
– died the 15 of Oct – It is sad
to think I am the only female left in the family
years of age – Grandma
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
, Aunt Cornelia
Birth: 1805 Death: 1839-01-04
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-25
, Lockey, Tempe and Julia
Birth: 1811-08-26 Death: 1847-07-24
all gone –
Grandpa Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
may survive us all – his health
is about as usual – Mary
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
, Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
, and Sarah
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12

are three young girls all left with the care of
a family – I wish very much to go and see them
but shall not be able to do so this Fall – Our
new building has occupied me until this time
and now your father thinks I cannot go without
endangering my health which is for me very good –
Your Father was two weeks in Ohio making Taylor
and Filmore
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08
speeches – he has now gone to
Baltimore on professional business – I expect Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

home next week – All at home are well
including Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and all send love and
kind wishes – Willie is determined to have a pony
if it can be attained by perseverance – Catherine Miller
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898

was married to Mr. Heuson
Birth: 1822 Death: 1861-10-14
last week – Aunty Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

and Cousin Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
go to Flatbush next week to
consult Dr. Vanderveer
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-07-05
– Aunty is alarmed by Frances

[right Margin] continued ill health – as I am also – Dieu vous garde
Your affectionate Mother –

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Fort Smith Ar
26 of Dec 1848
Lieutenant A. H. Seward
5th Infantry U. S. Army
Fort Smith Towson
NOV 20


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4 shirts
1 under
1 draw
1 towel
2 hand
2m stock
1 gloves