Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 27, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 27, 1850



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, October 27, 1850

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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: Unknown

transcription: sts 

revision: crb 2019-02-07

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Auburn Oct 27th
My dear Son,
I improve the first [ leisur ]

Alternate Text

Alternate Text: leisure
after the
close of the wedding festivities to give you some
account of Cousin Frances’
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
marriage– On the 17th
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
, Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
, Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
, and I went in the morning
train to Canandaigua – We found our friends in
all the bustle of preparation – Fred remained at
the Hotel with Mrs Rutsin Howe
, (who was alone)–
coming up occasionally – We assisted in arranging
the table and getting the house in order – Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16

who accompanied us, assisted the bride at her toilet
At ½ past 7 we walked over to the Church which
was filled with the curious, including many friends
Mr Beach
Birth: 1822 Death: 1897
performed the ceremony in a very
manner, the bride and groom
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
responded audibly
Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
gave the bride away in a manner
much approved, Fred and Catherine


, groomsman &
bridesmaid conducted with commendable propriety
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
who leaned upon my arm, suppressing her
own feelings to contribute to the happiness of her child,
was entirely composed during the ceremony – We
then returned to the house where guest to the num–

[top Margin] Your Father is now in Orange County – next week is to
attend court in Batavia as a witness– Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-23 Death: 1875-09-04

and family
x Birth: 1836-05-25  Death: 1908-10-01  Birth: 1834-10-04  Death: 1922-06-24  Birth: 1798-07-24  Death: 1857-12-23 
continue about– Mr Griswold
Birth: 1823-09-05 Death: 1886-06-01
has returned to

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of 40 or more soon collected – Wedding gifts
which graced a large table in the upper hall
attracted unusual admiration – as they well
might, I have never seen a more brilliant
or expensive collection – An entire set of silver
was presented by her father, very magnificent –
a handsome bracelet by Mrs Grieg
Birth: 1822-05-09 Death: 1912-05-31Certainty: Possible
, a beautiful
claret pitcher and a papier machè port fuil
by Mr Grieg
Birth: 1819-10-27 Death: 1892-02-06Certainty: Possible
, a very handsome pair of garnet and
pearl by Miss Chapin
Birth: 1830-10-17 Death: 1912-03-06Certainty: Possible
, a splendid bracelet to
match by Judge Carroll
Birth: 1794-05-04 Death: 1865-06-08
a very handsome work
stand from the bridegroom and innumerable
small articles from different friends – My
donation was a silver cake basket, bowl for pul-
verized sugar and salt cellars – almost the only
article which happened not to be included in
the present from her father – The supper table
was very beautifully adorned with flowers the gift
of kind neighbours
– all manner of good things
met with ample attention from the guests – Aunty
and Uncle were in fine spirits throughout the evening–
Frances never looked prettier, upon the whole I
have never seen any affair of the kind conducted
more properly or more satisfactorily – N. B – There
was no kissing in publick and no tears –
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Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
could not make one of the party as he
was obliged to go to Canandaigua Chautauqua a
few days previous & Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
accompanied him –
We all returned the next morning immediately
after breakfast – inviting the bridal party to spend
the next week with me – They declined coming
until the day of my party which was finally fixed
upon for the next Thursday – I brought home
two loaves of wedding cake which I dispensed among
the intimate acquaintances here – many of whom were
invited to the wedding – Mrs Howe – W. Worden
Birth: 1806-07 Death: 1891Certainty: Probable
and D. Merryman

were the only persons who attended. Thursday morning
Aunty Frances, Henry & Catherine came over – I believe
the entertainment was satisfactory – Dr. Pierre
Birth: 1796-09-24 Death: 1857-09-15Certainty: Probable
with two

assistants furnished good music – the supper was
said to be good – the party all in fine spirits – Had
you and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
been here I should have been quite
satisfied – Clarence’s letter from Brussels came just
as we were lighting the lamps – the beautiful collars
and cuffs elicited much admiration from the ladies –
We are greatly obliged for them – After reading the letter
I gave it to William Muir
Birth: 1824-09-16 Death: 1900-05-02
to take home – William
Muir and his sister
Birth: 1826-10 Death: 1909-04-03
were invited for your and Clarences’
sake – All the other guests were persons to whom
Aunty and Frances were indebted for kindness or
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particular civilities – She furnished me a list – Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

came into the back parlour and sat until after supper –
when two or three gentlemen
were with him until he retired –
The party dispersed about ½ past 12 – I felt grateful for
their consideration as I could not have remained
up much longer – The Canandaigua party remained until
Saturday when they returned home well pleased with
their visit – So one wedding is ended – the other
is yet to come – Tell Clarence I had a very pretty letter
from Miss De Zeng
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09
in reply to an invitation to my
party which she declined – She was also invited
to the wedding – We have now but one month to
prepare to return to Washington – Aunt Clara is to come
here for the Winter – Aunty goes to Washington some
time this Winter but not with us – Willie and Fanny
go with me – Fred remains at home for the present –
You will receive the remittance from your Father
before this letter – I have two letters from you dated at Paris
since I wrote last – these letters find many interested readers
Yours have not gone out of the family however – A letter came
to you from San Antonio last week which I think
it unnecessary to forward unless you wish it – We are
all calculating upon your resignation – do not disappoint us–
I feel thankful that you continue well and pleased with
your tour – When do you think of coming home? – Much love
is sent – God bless you both – Your affectionate Mother –
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Lieut. Augustus H. Seward
Care of Baring & Brothers
Messrs Maquay Pakenham
C London
Florence England
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

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




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