Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1856
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Date:1856-06-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, June 20, 1856

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: jxm 

revision: fdc 2020-01-30

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Friday morning June 20
1856
My dear Henry
The Presidential nomination was the
concluding dash of a
cold rain which has pervaded
here for some days – it was
impossible to persuade your friends
that the action of the convention
would so result – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
succeeded
in getting them to fire a cannon
, which with the customary delicacy
and consideration of our townspeople
was placed on the west side of
our garden – I was driven from
the house and took refuge at
Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
Fanny
 Death: 1860
(the mare) fell
down in the stall from fear
nearly crushing Taurus (the calf)
who had run to her for protection –
Trip ran trembling and whining
after his mistress
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
, but Rover
 Death: 1858-07-04

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who inherits a portion of the War
spirit his mother imbibed in the
Mexican War, endeavored to
stop the noise by barking.
We
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
are all alive and well this
morning – I wish I could be sure
that the Republican party was
in the same condition – The
The cup of disappointment overflowed
when the Nomination for the Vice
Presidency was announced with
the accompanying assurance from
Greely
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29
that Dayton
Birth: 1807-02-17 Death: 1864-12-01
was a "quasi
American" – A tried and earnest
Anti Slavery man would have helped
Fremont
Birth: 1813-01-21 Death: 1890-07-13
here – but Greely's subser-
viency to the K. N. has produced
a difficult result – I say Greely
as he with all his inconsistency
retains sufficient honesty to tell
what he is doing – Poor Dennis
Birth: 1806 Death: 1866-05-31

does not look as if he would
smile again – Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16

declares with an oath that
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he won't vote for Fremont and
that John Hardenburgh
Birth: 1798 Death: 1862-06-11
is disappointed
Some of the ticket remind me of
spoiled children who with capricious
malice destroy a toy which
has chanced to displease them and
then weep over its destruction –
Aunty
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
tells the Republicans that
they need not console themselves
with the expectation that you will
be a candidate again as you
will do no such thing – Fred
goes on hoping for something good
to come as his father did before
him – I feel like Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
that
though there is light somewhere
it will hardly get above the
horizon in "my day" –
I wait to hear your plans
for the future impatient for
a good long talk
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Your letter of Tuesday has just come
We are all proud of your answer to
the convention – wish it could have been
read in the convention as an example
of independent integrity —
I am glad to hear of Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
safe
arrival – shall look for him home
soon – Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
will not stay longer
than Monday – Fred & Anna
Birth: 1834-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
a
few days later – We ^are^ all wishing
you here to day the sun is bright
and the gardens & grounds very
very attractive —
Your own
Frances –