Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., March 18, 1858

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., March 18, 1858
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1858-03-18

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., March 18, 1858

action: sent

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

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29

location: Albany, NY

transcription: pag 

revision: vxa 2020-12-06

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Washington March 18t –
My dear Son,
Anna
Birth: 1834-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
says Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
writes
that you are not well, but
better than you have been –
I hope it may be only a cold
as he says but you ought
to be careful of colds – your
lungs are none of the strongest
and slight colds sometimes
have bad consequences if
neglected – Let me know
just how you are –
Last evening Sarah Seward
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12

and her brother Sam
Birth: 1838-04-16 Death: 1916-02-22
came -
William Henry
Birth: 1835-01-09 Death: 1926
was not very
well so Samuel came in
his place – They have all
gone to the Capitol this
morning to hear Senator

[top Margin] The 2d vol of Com. Rel
 Publisher: U.S. govt. Place of Publication:Washington, DC Date: 1857
– is not here
I wrote to Aunty to send it from Auburn


[bottom Margin]
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
Mrs Seward
Mar 18/1858
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Bell
Birth: 1796-02-18 Death: 1869-09-10
on the Kansas question –
I was surprised yesterday
by Mr Crittenden's
Birth: 1787-09-10 Death: 1863-07-26
coming
out against the Lecompton
Constitution – this helsp helps
the Republicans while it
leaves the Administration &
its adherents in a very
unpleasant minority –
Mr Bell has always been
against the Lecompton Constitu
-tion – Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
is quite
well again notwithstanding
his staying all night in
the Senate Monday – did
not come home until 7 oclock
Tuesday morning –
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
has dismissed her
man Patrick
Unknown
and now has
both houses to look after –
Ours leaked badly when the
snow melted deluging
the balcony room and
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running down into the office –
Walter
Unknown
has repaired the roof
as well as he could –
Walter writes frequent letters to
your father about his house & lot.
he has paid $35 towards it –
which is encouraging – Aunty
has been suffering with inflamed
eyes – & Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
with a cold
both are better now –
I see no prospect of our moving
this Spring – Father says wait
until Congress adjourns – that will
probably be as late as the middle
or last of June – I cannot stay
here so long and shall go home
some time in May – I do not
know yet whether Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
is to go
away – if he does I must be home
when the garden is made isas no
one else can direct about it –
Caroline Schoolcraft
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
has proposed to
Nicholas and Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
to come and
live with her – I drove out
to Silver Spring Saturday with
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Anna – the Blairs
x Birth: 1813-05-10  Death: 1883-07-27  Birth: 1794-11-10  Death: 1877-07-05  Birth: 1821-02-19  Death: 1875-07-08  Birth: 1791-04-12  Death: 1876-10-18 
are to dine
with us to day – also George
Andrews
Birth: 1821-09-03 Death: 1885-11-18Certainty: Probable
and his wife
Birth: 1816-10-08 Death: 1894-02-02Certainty: Probable
&
Gen Webb
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Could be General Alexander Stewart Webb
Birth: 1835-02-15 Death: 1911-02-12
or General James Watson Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
who is in town for
a week – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
has written
one or two letters to you I do not
know whether she has sent her letters
them – she writes many that she
does not send – She is pleased with
her masters
x Birth: 1801-12-31  Death: 1874-03-20  Birth: 1815  Death:  
in dancing & French.
We are looking for a suitable
music teacher – I went Tuesday
evening to hear Mr. Everett's
Birth: 1794-04-11 Death: 1865-01-15
lecture
on Charity at the Smithsonian –
I will tell you of the lecture when I
see you – the cold I took that
evening makes me nearly
sick to day – My love to Fred
I hope he will come here next
month – Fanny sends love
Remember me to J
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
– when you
write – God bless you
Mother –