Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., July 12, 1864

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., July 12, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-07-12

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, Jr., July 12, 1864

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: aca 

revision: tap 2017-09-08

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Tuesday July 12th
1864
God has preserved you
my precious child through
another battle — & what
a day of sorrow we had
last Sunday when we heard
that you were wounded and
a prisoner at the battle
of Monocacy — When the
contradiction to the report
came, what rejoicing follow-
ed — Many of our friends
and neighbours came to con-
gratulate us — We were all
so thankful that you
had escaped — Now we
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we learn that your horse was
shot and that you were
somewhat injured by his
fall, but still in
command of your Regt —
How anxious we are to know
how much you were injured
and where you are now —
The last intelligence we have
came from Qr Master Knowles
Birth: 1827 Death: 1909-08-12

yesterday morning — You were
then at Ellicot’s Mills
& To day we hear that Wallace's
Birth: 1827-04-10 Death: 1905-02-15

command is again fighting
where or with what result
we know not — and now
comes the intelligence that the
communication between Phil-
adelphia
and Baltimore
is cut off — When shall
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we hear more — Our last letters
must be lost — and yours to
us, if you have been able to write
must have shared the same
fate — God help us all —
I will try to wait patiently —
Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
and I are ready to
go to you at a moments war-
ning – have been since
Sunday night —
Tuesday
evening — Fred’s
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
telegram
has come saying you are in
Washington — this is a relief
though we know you must
be disabled by your ^the^ fall
of your horse — I have been
thinking of you all day in
the battle which we hear
is being fought but could
not tell where — This is a
season of great anxiety but
it is light compared with
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the suffering of Sunday —
Jenny is very anxious to go to
you as soon as there is any
safety in traveling or any
certainty of getting to you
I will go with her unless
interdicted by you – I have
constant fear that the enemy
may penetrate the city so
far as to destroy some of the
public buildings but the
men here think there is no
danger — I dont like the
apathy of the North — it
savours too much of dis-
loyalty — but I may be
wrong — I sent letters
Sunday & Monday — they
may have been lost in the
cars that were destroyed — I
will wait for the morning
report before sending this —
May God preserve you all
Mother —