Seward's wife, an invalid, received such a shock that she died within two months, and his only daughter, who witnessed the assault, never recovered from the effects of the scene and died within the year.
Seward's Travels around the World (New York, 1873), by his adopted daughter, Olive R.
This was attributed by his opponents to personal motives, and a letter from Greeley to Seward, the publication of which he challenged, was produced, to show that in his struggling days he had been wounded at Seward's failure to offer him office.
On the second ballot Lincoln received 181 votes to Seward's 1842.
The convention was singularly tumultuous and noisy; large claques were hired by both Lincoln's and Seward's managers.
In spite of Secretary Seward's objection, grounded on Schurz's European record as a revolutionary, Lincoln sent him in 1861 as minister to Spain.