Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 28, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 28, 1849



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, September 28, 1849

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: Washington D.C., US

transcription: nwh 

revision: tap 2018-11-05

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Editorial Note

September 28 was a Friday in 1849, so Frances Miller Seward is one day off in her dating of the letter. She either started it on Thursday or on the 28th.
Auburn Sep 27th– Friday
My dear Henry,
I find little leisure to write though
I feel that I have many things to say to you —
Saturday evening – I wrote just two lines yesterday
and found time for no more – I had been home
but two day when Col Webb
Birth: 1802-02-08 Death: 1884-06-07
and his family
came – two daughters
x Birth: 1827-11-30  Death: 1896-10-03  Birth: 1830-12-14  Death: 1918-12-04 
and two sons
x Birth: 1835-02-15  Death: 1911-02-12  Birth: 1824-08-12  Death: 1899-08-27 
– The Col –
and his sons slept at the hotel – took their
dinner and tea with us and spent most of
their time here – they left today at 12
oclock for Trenton Falls – They seem to have
any quantity of leisure time at their disposal
I was sorry not to be able to urge ask them to
stay longer with me but I knew that
I ought not to do so —Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
was to
go home Saturday but in consequence of their
visit determined to remain until Monday
I have not yet had one hour to consult a
physician on her account – She is ill and
much depressed in her spirits – I would I
could make her happier – and better –
I cannot persuade her to prolong her visit another
week —

[bottom Margin]
The pretty cake graces the
parlour on a
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Your letter containing the check came yesterday
evening – I sent for Mr Seymour
Birth: 1791-04-15 Death: 1875-12-03
morning who read your letter – asked
me to endorse the check – made some en-
quiries about the death of your Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
took his leave without any comments upon
the letter – so I infer all is satisfactory —
I am glad to hear from you often – my letter
(I have written but one) as well as Clarences
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

seem a long time reaching you – I am every
day imagining your occupation – I do hope
you will be able to come home this next week – I want
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
to direct about the garden – Dont you
think none of the Webb family went into
the garden while they were here – They
are certainly fitted for a city life —
Some of our dahlias are very pretty – we
have more than I have seen elsewhere though
none to compare to ones we had last
Summer – the monthly roses and marigolds
are very pretty but the garden is over run
with weeds – John is transplanting the tulips
crocuses and daffodils – Just at this time
the Corporation has determined that a walk shall
be made on the West side of our lot – Mr
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
I believe is trying to stay these proceed-
ings – I hope he will succeed as our garden
will suffer if it is left without hands at
this season —
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I presume you will hear in some other way
how ridiculous Bronson
Birth: 1792 Death: 1857-06-20
has made himself by
bringing a suit against the vestry of our Church
with the purpose of preventing the enlargement
because his pew would be further removed
from the pulpit thereby – He argued his own
cause – Goodwin

Editorial Note

Either Stephen A. Goodwin
Birth: 1807-11-26 Death: 1879-05-13
or Daniel Sweet Goodwin
Birth: 1805 Death: 1885-10-29
that of the vestry – I am
sorry that the personal abuse of Goodwin was
such as to cause some sympathy with
Bronson which his absurd conduct would
otherwise have entirely prevented – I wish I knew
how your portion of the family were to night —
Since I commenced writing I have had quite a
long call from Robert Morris
Birth: 1802-02-15 Death: 1855-10-24Certainty: Possible
and his father
Birth: 1762-06-28 Death: 1851-02-22Certainty: Possible

who have been on to Niagara with a brother

of the former recently married — They were
very sorry that you were not at home —
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is pretty well again to day though
she had last Tuesday a chill and fever,
which continued three nights, in consequence
of getting her feet wet – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is well
Tuesday Lazette Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
Clarence and Sarah
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12

went to Aurora where they spent the day
with Mrs Morgan

Editorial Note

Either Mary Elizabeth Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
or Charlotte Fidelia Morgan
Birth: 1806-03-27 Death: 1879-12-18
and Mrs Williams
– the
x Birth: 1780-07-15  Death: 1867-05-03  Birth: 1788-07-04  Death: 1865-10-26 
were not home – I went with
the Misses Webb yesterday to take tea with
Mrs. Martin
Birth: 1818-12-25 Death: 1899-07-09
at the lake – had a pleasant visit
Page 4

Sunday morning – My head aches so much that I shall
only attempt to finish my letter – Yours of the
21st came this morning – Clarence will not go to
Cambridge I have advised this all along
since Mr Blatchford expressed his intention
of taking a partner – going to a law school
is so obviously of secondary importance that I
think Clarence sees the propriety himself of re-
maining at home and will do so cheerfully —
I am very glad you are coming home Saturday
I have so much advice to ask – I am much
troubled about Lazette – I have sent for the
to day – he does not come yet —
I am sorry that Mary
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
decides not to go to school —
I do not think it best to send Frances
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06

to Rochester as Mary is not going with her —
Do you see any objection to her having her
choice about going either to Canandaigua
or Troy – She says Sarah wishes her to go to
Troy – I think Sarah has concluded to go there
that she may be nearer her brother
Birth: 1833 Death: 1892
– Sarah
I believe is truthful and inclined to the right.
Frances is an uncommonly good child – so affection-
ate that she will be unhappy alone – She is
perfectly contented here and says she will go to
either school that we think best – If Lazette is
well enough herself she could watch over her
at Canandaigua – I love the child so well that
I shall not part with her without pain but
I do not think it would be well to take her
to Washington – Frances has heard from Uncle
Page 5

Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
letter to Sarah that her father is considered
in danger – she is greatly grieved – I have been trying
to console her by telling her he may come home
very much better – Will Mary come here with
Uncle George when he comes for Sarah —
Frances is very anxious to see her – let her come
if she wishes – I have not had time to ex-
amine the plan of the house at Washington
or to do any thing towards making preparation —
I wish to consult you again before I purchase
any furniture – Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
thinks the transportation will
make it unwise to purchase any new furniture here
Will ^you^ see Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
and enquire whether a
man is engaged? — Will Mary Coe
Birth: 1819-11-24 Death: 1854-12-18
be well
enough to go? – Does Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-06-07

understand that he is to furnish his own room
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Any bedding not taken by others will be useful
to me I have little time left to prepare any —
Love to Fred tell him we all want to see
him – I am very glad he is able to help
you – I have another letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

dated the 1st of Sep – he is well – had just
received my letter telling him of Grandpa
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
illness – says nothing about coming
home – I continue to write for him to come,
Mr Blatchford did not call on Col Webb
or Mrs B
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
– or the young ladies – Mrs
Morgan called the day they left —
It is a rainy Sunday – Our church is all
torn to pieces – as is the 2 Presbyterian —
A man by the name of Stowel
came here yesterday to
know if you would argue his cause the 3 week in
October – he has been in the Asylum – Lazette sends love
Your own Frances