Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January, 1859

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January, 1859

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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1859-01

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January, 1859

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sender: Frances Seward
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Person

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

location: Washington D.C. DC
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Place

Name:  City:  Washington D.C. County:   State:  DC Country:  US

receiver: Lazette Worden
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Person

Name: Lazette Worden Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03

location: Canandaigua NY
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Place

Name:  City:  Canandaigua County:  Ontario State:  NY Country:  US

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Page 1

Teusday Morning
My dear Sister,
Fanny
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Person

Name: Frances Seward Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
had ve no fever last night
and would be up to day were not the weather
so very cold – her throat is a little sore &
she has a slight cough. I have never yet answered
your letter written the Teusday after New Years
enclosing that nice note from Mr Lee
Unknown
.
Was the criticism Mr Lee wrote of the Life and works This morning I have
your letter of Saturday. I think with this
weather Mr. Brown
Unknown
will be able to find plenty
of ice for the ice house. I hope the burglars will
spare our two houses. I suppose nothing further can
be done for their protection. Fanny says she
would be very glad to have some of that molasses
candy. Louisa
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Person

Name: Louisa Alexander Birth: 1825 Death: 
made some but it was
rather raw. Bell
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Person

Name: Belmont Pet Birth: 1858 Death: 
is rather of the opinion
that he is sick too so he lies in a chair
by the side of the bed part of the time.
Bell is a very boisterous little dog – without room
in the yard and without a playmate he reserves
all his exercise for indoor employment
and is always tearing some person or thing to
pieces. Fanny borrowed Maud Bakers
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Person

Name: Maud Baker Birth:  Death: 
dog
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for a playmate – with him Bell quarreled
immediately. With these infirmities he is exceedingly
sagacious and affectionate – so we love him
in spite of them. This morning very early he jumped
from his little bed to the floor. I thinking he
wanted to go out was wrapping myself up to
take him down stairs when he jumped into my
place in the bed and crept down to the foot
out of sight where he remained for a long time
very much to Fanny’s amusement.
Henry
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Person

Name: William Seward Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and Anna
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Person

Name: Anna Seward Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
dining with the Napiers
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People

Name: Anne Napier Birth: 1824 Death: 1911-08-24 Name: Francis Napier Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1898-12-19

Will
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Person

Name: William Seward Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
& I had our dinner at 2 oclock – whereby
I had an excellent sleep last night. The
party at the Napiers was made very small to
induce me to come, which was very kind but I
could not go. I was glad I did not attempt
it when Anna told me of the glare of light
pervading the house innumerable wax candles
in addition to the numerous gas lights. The
dinner did not vary materially from other French
dinners – with handsome china silver & table
ornaments. Our people are to have a dinner Friday
of 18 persons. Will and I are not invited which
we do not take to heart. Is it not surprising
that three or four of the invitation given last
Saturday have not yet been answered? including
ladies with their husbands. Mr Morgan
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Person

Name: Christopher Morgan Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02

met Henry in the street & gave a verbal answer
to their invitation!
Page 3

Did you get a letter to me from Charles Sumner
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Person

Name: Charles Sumner Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11

which I enclosed in one of mine?
I received a very long letter yesterday from
Miss Dunscombe
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Person

Name: Caroline Dunscombe Birth: 1841-02-12 Death: 1914-02-05
– I hope Henry will answer it –
another from Kossuth
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Person

Name: Lajos Kossuth Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
’s sister
Unknown
and nice though
not very long letter from Mrs Watson
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Person

Name: Margaret Watson Birth: 1812-03-30 Death: 1893-11-13

Sam Ruggles
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Person

Name: Samuel Ruggles Birth: 1800-04-11 Death: 1881-08-28
has found great favour in my eyes
by the following passage which occurs in a
letter to Henry. “In your son Frederick
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Person

Name: Frederick Seward Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

combining the scholar with the politician, in
such graceful proportions, refining his
political with his literary tastes, I must
also avow what I truly feel, a sincere
& most grateful regard.” On account of
some difference with Weed
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Person

Name: Thurlow Weed Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
, which is finally ad-
justed, he was necessarily much with Fred
and indebted to him for some newspaper
article vindicating his policy. Wilkeson
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Person

Name: Samuel Wilkeson Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02

is in the Tribune Office for the Winter – in
place of some one engaged in reporting.
Wednesday – Fanny was up yesterday and seemed
much better but had a bad night last
night. 10 oclock – Fanny has waked
up, taken a cup of chocolate and seems better.
I will not send for Peper
Unknown
to day – her throat
is better, though she continues to cough.
Henry & Anna are having sundry conversations
in divers places a about those two decisions sires
Page 4

The invitations are to be issued to day
for next week – there are no bounds set
to the number which are to follow.
Henry purchased more silver yesterday
salt cellars & dessert spoons. He and Anna
& Lady Napier
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Person

Name: Anne Napier Birth: 1824 Death: 1911-08-24
made some visits together.
Kate
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Person

Name: Catherine Barrett Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
is reading Miss Burney
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Person

Name: Frances Burney Birth: 1752-06-13 Death: 1840-01-06
for Fanny &
taking good care of the silver. Louisa is
contemplating the arrival of large quantities of
provisions for the dinners with considerable
complacency. The weather is milder this
morning. From telegrapher reports from the
N. West I fear you have had exceedingly
cold weather.
Thursday morning –
Fanny was up a part of the day yesterday
and slept well last night. I think
she will be able to go out of the room
to day. I did not send for the Dr
He would have come 10 or 12 days if
I had. Your letter of Monday came
last evening. I will answer it tomorrow
I dreamed of you all. I think of you
going up to the old home with n
and the boys through the cold and
the crowd & am perfectly sensible what
a good sister you are. Love to Clara
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Person

Name: Clarinda McClallen Birth: 1794 Death: 1862-09-05
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Your own Sister.
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