Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 13, 1858

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 13, 1858
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Date:1858-02-13

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 13, 1858

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: Albany, NY

transcription: cjb 

revision: vxa 2020-11-22

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Washington Feb. 13th
My dear Son,
I have tried in vain so
far to get a report of the Sec. of
War
Birth: 1806-06-01 Death: 1863-08-26
to send you as you desired
there are none here and I have
not yet succeeded in getting one
from the Capitol. We have been
here now three weeks – Our friends
the Mellen's
x Birth: 1830  Death: 1902  Birth: 1822  Death: 1896 
made us a visit
of one week, which I think
we all enjoyed – then Mr
Wharton
Birth: 1808-02-07 Death: 1868-09-09
and Anna
Birth: 1834-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
came – Mr
Wharton left us yesterday, the
same evening Caroline Schoolcraft
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28

came – Mr Hollis White
Birth: 1813
of Niagara
came with her from N. YorkMr
Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
returns home to see
that the two little boys
x Birth: 1857-03-08  Death:   Birth: 1854-08-05  Death: 1913-05 
are
well cared for – Anna is
well, and has accomplished

[right Margin] We have snow 2-3 inches deep this
morning –


[top Margin] Your Father's speech is yet to be
made – I will send you a copy –
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
sends love –
God's blessing be with you – Mother -
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much during the week in the
way of visiting – She left
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
well and very busy –
Mr Wilkenson
Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02
still unable to
come to the office – I hear
very often from Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
all are
well at home – Aunty is
now established at Aunt Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
,
with the two dogs – Nep
Birth: 1856 Death: 1859
and
Willis
Birth: 1830
remain with the house
Aunt Clara & Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
are as
well as usual –
There has been much discussion in
the Senate of the Army bill – the
Republican party generally with some
of the Southern Democracy were
against the increase of the Army –
Your Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
took a different view
of the matter – as a military dem-
monstration had been made in Utah
he thinks it better to send men
enough there to carry it out.
enough to prevent those who are
there now from falling an easy
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prey to the enemy – such the
Mormons having declared
themselves to be – He thinks a
sufficient number of troops to keep
the Mormons in awe would be
more likely to prevent bloodshed
than the handful who are there
now – so much inferior in numbers
to the Mormons – I know my
feelings influence my judgement
somewhat in this matter, but his
view of the ^it^ matter certainly seems
the more humane – We both
agree that it would have been
better in the first place had
the Mormons been controlled,
or some attempt made to control
them, more in consonance with
the spirit of Christianity than
military force. The final vote
has not yet been taken upon
this bill – It provides for 2
additional companies for each
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regiment. A vote which was
considered a test vote gave the
Bill a majority of one –
Your Father & Mr Cameron
Birth: 1799-03-08 Death: 1889-06-26
of
Penn. being the only Republicans
who voted for the Bill – Many
of the Republicans (particularly Mr
Hale
Birth: 1806-03-31 Death: 1873-11-19
) were much dissatisfied
with your fathers course – Mr Hale
said he considers it a "fall, equal
To that of Daniel Websters
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24
" –
All of which is of little consequence
so that a man has the approbation
of his own conscience –
I send you a letter written by Mrs
Stanton
Birth: 1815-11-12 Death: 1902-10-26
of Seneca Falls for the
Journal on the rejection of the
Lecompton Constitution by the House –
It will be some time before it
comes up there again – The vote
has not yet been taken in the
Senate – they are at present
engaged in debating the subject –
The President
Birth: 1791-04-23 Death: 1868-06-01
proposed the pass
acceptance of the constitution –

[right Margin] Aunty writes that Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
is as
well as usual.