K.B. Sewall birthday wishes to daughters, Mobile, 1856

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Kiah B. Sewall wrote from Mobile to his daughters Eunice and Lucretia in Portland, wishing them happy birthdays.

Eunice Day Sewall turned 19 on August 20, 1856. She was the first child of Kiah and Lucretia Day Sewall. Born in Portland at her grandparents' home, Eunice did not meet her father until she was four years and three months old as he was studying law in New York, then moved to Mobile for his health and to work as a lawyer.

Lucretia Day Sewall turned 11 on August 21, 1856. She was born in Mobile, as were the other eight Sewall children.

Eunice was often in Portland, where she attended school.

Kiah Sewall visited Portland from time to time, while his wife and the children often spent summer and fall there.

Sewall wrote to Eunice, "My Dear, dear, child, how much we have been separated, how little we have seen o each other. ... But we must now make up in love and Duty for the lost time."

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  • Title: K.B. Sewall birthday wishes to daughters, Mobile, 1856
  • Creator: Kiah Bayley Sewall
  • Creation Date: 1856-08-20
  • Subject Date: 1856-08-20
  • Locations:
    • Mobile, Mobile County, AL
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 24.6 cm x 18.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 1/5
  • Collection: Sewall family papers
  • Object Type: Text

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