Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1866

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1866
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1866-08-04

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1866

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Washington D.C., US

transcription: rag 

revision: zz 2021-06-04

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Auburn. Saturday
4th August. 1866
My dearest Father,
I had your letter
of the 3rd last night. I
am sorry to think you have
the duties of others added to
your own at the Depart-
ment. I hope Mr Hunter
Birth: 1805-11-08 Death: 1886-07-20

may soon return.
The difficulties in the
domestic arrangements of the
doves must be quite per-
plexing. I should like
to hear the parrots again,
not too near by.
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We have a rainy day. Mary
Titus
Birth: 1846-01-11 Death: 1913-03-14
has been here all
the morning. Part of it
we spent in chatting – and
part over a story – “At
Odds”
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– which she read
aloud, while I sewed a
little. It is a book
of which the scenes it laid
in Germany.
Nettie Gray
Birth: 1841
spent yester-
day afternoon here – and
played some delightful music.
Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
was down again in
the evening – feeling very
well. By Aunty’s and
Nettie's request I am trying
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something that might suggest
Bulwer’s
Birth: 1803-05-25 Death: 1873-01-18
“saffron bag” – a
little bag of frankincense
worn on the chest – and said to
possess the virtue of keeping
off chills. Faith being especially
recommended to make the charm
effectual – I of course found
myself deficient in that point.
This morning feeling tired &
neuralgic I thought I would
see if not rising until after the
time for the chill made
any difference. It is one
o’clock now – and I have had
only the first sensation of a
chill – and no fever of which
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I was conscious. I am sitting
up in my own room – and
expect to go down to dinner.
It is too rainy to go out today.
Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
is pretty well – just
getting over a cold. Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
and
Willy
Birth: 1864-11-10
are well – and full
of merry pranks. Carlo
is our sentinel and clatters
about the entries at night
making a great deal of noise
on the oil cloth – and
sounding like a regiment
on the stairs. He is as wise
and as demonstrative
as ever – and tries very hard
to speak.
We all regret very much that
you are detained in Washington.
Most affectionately your daughter
Fanny
I will write tomorrow