Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 30, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 30, 1856
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Date:1856-04-30

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, April 30, 1856

action: sent

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

location: Washington D.C., US

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

location: Key West, FL

transcription: cjb 

revision: fdc 2019-10-18

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Washington April 30t
My dear Son
Your letter of the
18t came this morning –
mine seem to be much
longer getting to you –
Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
, Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
& I are
quite alone now – Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
,
left us ' a week ago
he had been impatient
to go home for some time –
Mr. Green
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29Certainty: Possible
is to come
to day to take his place
in the office for the
present – Mr. Wilkeson
Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02

was with us ten days –
since then George
Grier
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20
has been here
and gone again –
Page 2

Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
was here
Monday at dinner.
I saw him a few moments
for the first time in three
years – I have many
things to tell you on
political subjects which
it will not do to write –
The convention in June
will decide the nom-
ination for President – at
present Fremont
Birth: 1813-01-21 Death: 1890-07-13
and
Judge McLean
Birth: 1785-03-11 Death: 1861-04-04
of Ohio
are the candidates the
most talked of –
Fred Douglas
Birth: 1818-02-07 Death: 1895-02-20
says the
Republicans dare not try
their strength by running
their best men –
Stephen A. Douglas
Birth: 1813-04-23 Death: 1861-06-03
will
probably be the Democratic
Page 3

candidate though Mr.
Buchanan
Birth: 1791-04-23 Death: 1868-06-01
has many
adherents – Mr Pike
Birth: 1811-09-08 Death: 1882-11-29

who took Mr. Greely’s
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29

place here as a correspondent
of the Tribune has been
Quite sick with varioloid
Green has been staying
with him –
There is now no doubt
of the loss of the Pacific
with all on board – though
no certain intelligence can
be hoped for.
May 2d – My letter
was not completed Wednesday –
To day Capt. Palmer’s
Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18
Birth:   Death:  
are moving from the house
near us – Capt. Palmer
has been ordered to Minnesota
I hear – Mrs. Palmer
Page 4

remains here – at lodgings –
The Sec. of War
Birth: 1808-06-03 Death: 1889-12-06
is unsparing
in his discipline – There
is much complaint in
Congress about the removals
from the Navy –
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has returned to Auburn
from Canandaigua after a
visit of a week – Her last
letter tells us that poor old
Watch
 Death: 1856-04-29
is gone – he died
Tuesday from the effects
of poison – Was sick but
a short time – I need not
tell you how much
Fanny and I are grieved by
his loss – Fanny has cried
herself sick – Willie was
there to bury him and
Aunty to use all possible
means for his recovery –
Page 5

Will writes that Mr. Mc
Clallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
is in his shop again
and appears to be doing well –
He thinks the horse
Unknown
was
injured by running out last
winter but may recover
Every thing else is doing
very well – I intend
to go home the last of
this month or the first
of June though I should
wait here if I thought
there was a probability of
your not coming North
soon after your return –
I do not know that there
is any way that this can
be ascertained – Judging
from other cases you may be
ordered away the day after
your arrival – I wish you
would not go – there
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have been some resignations
I am told in consequence
of the summary action of
the Secretary – Gen Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07

says Andy
Birth: 1835-02-15 Death: 1911-02-12
has a very
unpleasant and hazardous
situation in Florida from
which he is trying to extricate
him but so far without any
success – I think upon the
whole I shall wait until the
1st of June with the hope of
seeing you before I leave –
Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Anna
Birth: 1834-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
are
well – Dr. Boyd
Birth: 1804-02-24 Death: 1881-05-10
Anna’s Uncle
has lost a son
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1856-04-12
– a student
at Princeton – If anything
of importance occurs I will
write again but my letters
are so long reaching you that
it may be useless – I am very
glad to get yours so soon –
If possible let me know when you
will come to Washington – Fanny sends
love – May God preserve & bless you
Mother –
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Lieut. A. H. Seward
Assist Coast Survey
Key West
Florida
WASHINGTON, D.C.
MAY 3, 1856
FREE
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William Seward

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