Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 3, 1861

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 3, 1861
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-07-03

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Frances Miller Seward, July 3, 1861

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29

location: Tarrytown, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: lag 

revision: iwl 2021-04-16

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Tarrytown July 3rd 1861
My dear Mother
Today I hope you are
well again. I wish you could be looking
with me on the clearest of sunsets
which is closing a bright sunny day –
I have spent it busily enough – at
nine this morning we took the car
for New York – we were soon in ^at^ the Cham-
bers street Station – and after some brisk
walking took the ferry – arrived in
Jersey City another swift walk took us to
a landing where we went on board
a steamboat which conveyed us to
the steamship Africa – midway in
the stream. There were several others besides
ourselves going to bid good bye to General
Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
& his family
x Birth:   Death:   Birth:   Death:   Birth:   Death:   Birth:   Death:   Birth:   Death:   Birth: 1826-01-02  Death: 1890-01-16 
Dr Creighton
Birth: 1793 Death: 1865-04-23
Miss
Julia Chester
Birth: 1835-12-03 Death: 1908-06
, a Mr Meade
Birth: 1840Certainty: Probable
– Dr Creightons
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grandson I believe – Henry Morgan
Birth: 1853-01-31 Death: 1928-07-19

Matilda Webb
Birth: 1827-11-30 Death: 1896-10-03
’s stepson
Unknown
, a 1st Lieutenant
of the 12th Reg – on duty at N. York
was there, & another Henry Morgan
Birth: 1821-07-20 Death: 1894-04-07

cousin to Fanny Webb
Birth: 1834 Death: 1913
. The Africa is
a Brittish steamer. the Captain
Birth: 1814 Death: 1865-09-12
, officers
and sailors are all uniformed – The accom-
odations were apparently highly comfort-
able – this was my first visit you know
to a bona fide sea-crossing vessel – & full
of interest. The General met us on deck,
and with a cordial welcome led us into
the cabin – ^The^ first person I saw was Fanny
Webb – who bowed and gave me her
hand – afterwards coming to give me
a kiss & telling me that she had not
recognised me at all – Next Mrs Webb –
I can’t describe to you how sadly she looks –
it was painful to see her and she half
choked with crying when she talked –
She told me ho repeatedly how she had
intended to write you before leaving but
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could not get time – (I believe they had
only two weeks to prepare in, & how
they did it I cannot imagine) She
gave me photographs of Walter and
Louy– and one of herself for you –
She said she had not slept at all
for two nights – her father
Birth: 1783 Death: 1869-07-06
& mother
Birth: 1790-05-20 Death: 1868-09-09

are both very infirm and she feels
quite confide certain that she shall
never see them again – she takes Brid
Bridget
Unknown
, & another girl
Unknown
– the children,
Frank & Louy had to be torn away
from their nurse Alice
Unknown
who could not
go – Mrs Webb sent much love to you – &
wants to hear from you – I am very
glad Fanny is going with them –
She will stay all the four years –
we were some time on board – When
we left A we returned to N.Y. Alice
Birth: 1843-10-26

and I took a stage, went to “Mall–
iards” I believe, for ices – then walked
down on Canal St and then on
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Broadway – I shopped – to the vast
extent of fifty cents – in worsted –
We went to James Horners
Birth: 1804 Death: 1874-06-12
– and dined –
cars – home – My letter is waited
for as they are just sending to the post-
office – on with much love
Your affectionate little girl
Fanny –