Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, May 23, 1859

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, May 23, 1859
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1859-05-23

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, May 23, 1859

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

location: London, England, UK

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: cnk 

revision: amr 2021-02-09

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Editorial Note

William Henry Seward’s series of travel letters in 1859 are organized and listed by the date of each entry.
Monday 23d. May.
Perhaps I may be able to make some notes
of such distinctly public characters as I say
happen to fall in with, which may interest you
without either indulging partisan sympathies or
offending against ^the rites of^ hospitality.
First among them I mention our own country-
man Joshua Bates
Birth: 1788-10 Death: 1864-09-24
of the great Banking House of
Baring Brothers. He is a very modest intellect-
tual and well informed gentleman, his love
for America manifesting itself most agreeably to
all of his American writers, while his position and
associations in regard to England are of the most influ-
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ential and respectable character – No where can
an American writer find himself more entirely at
home than in Mr Bates family circle —
A visit to the Marquis of Lansdowne
Birth: 1780-07-02 Death: 1863-01-31

is a duty which every true American owes to
that eminent British Statesman. Although ^he^ yet attends
the refrain meetings of Parliament, he is practically
a retired statesman. He was Chancellor of the
Exchequer so early as 1806 and retired from
the Presidency of the Council so late as 1852,
Always the friend and advocate of progress and
of civil liberty, the strenuous advocate of the
abolition of Slavery on convictions found by the
instructions of Wilberforce
Birth: 1759-08-24 Death: 1833-07-29
himself. He has ^I think^ secured
more than any man in England ^other man now living^ I think the
general respect and esteem of the People of
England – His manners are unaffectedly mod-
est and deferential, while the library and
halls of his elegant mansion show that he
is a liberal patron of art. He employs the
evening of an honored life in labors devoted
to the amelioration of social evils and in cultivating
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the society of the good and wise. One
may learn from a visit to him how a great
man may be independent of parties – His
furniture seems unchanged after probably
twenty or forty years and so at this day
it would seem cheap and common – I
am sure that two hundred dollars would
buy all that is to be found in his library
if offered for sale – but the pictures that
hang on the walls Masterpieces by
great masters present as well as but
could not be bought for $50,000 – It was
pleasant to find him tolerant and liberal lov
and sincerely friendly towards our own country
and the public mas ^and^ its institutions and its
statesmen
Change the Scene
At St Albans villas in the suburbs of
London I found a patriot of another land
and in a very different condition. Count
Pulzsky
Birth: 1814-09-17 Death: 1897-09-09
the Secretary of Kossuth
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
. He is
an exile, faithful to his chief and his
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Father land. Madam Pulzsky
Birth: 1815 Death: 1866
endeared as
well as her husband to so many of my
friends in America is still the same cheerful
benevolent and intellectual and affectionate
lady that they all recollect so kindly –
Just now they and Kossuth their chief are
renewing their long interrupted dream of
Hungarian emancipation, and are in a subdued
manner securing? ^re-enacting^ a here the campaign of
proselytism which they performed with such
sad success in 1853 in America – I will
not just now venture to express an opinion
on the prospects of freedom in Europe – as offered
by the war that has just begun. There are
abundant good wishes ^for^ both Italy and Hungary
now as there were in 1850 but the war opens
questions of power ^and safety^ to the ambitions as well as
questions of sentiment to the oppressed – We shall
see the solution of all soon enough –