Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August, 1861

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August, 1861

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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-08

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August, 1861

action: sent

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: Unknown
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transcription: mmd 

revision: ekk 2015-07-01

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Page 1

Sunday morning
My dear Sister
It grieves me that you
got none of our letters. I have
written every day until yesterday
(when I was too sick) - Wills
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Person

Name: William Seward Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
letter
of Tuesday or Wednesday says you had
not then heard from us. I have but
one letter from you though I know
you must have written. Mental
disturbance brought with it as it
always does for me, bodily illness.
I am better today – and will be
able to take breakfast with the family.
We go to bed every night expecting
a battle across the river before
morning – but thinking of the prob-
able fate of Augustus
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Person

Name: Augustus Seward Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
for a time
banished apprehension ^here^ . There is
much less confidence about results
than there was previous to the battle
of Bull Run – perhaps this is
just as well. Jenny
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Person

Name: Janet Seward Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
and

[top Margin] see that I have much left but to hope that God
who has protected him for 18 years will shield
him now. Love to Clara
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Person

Name: Clarinda McClallen Birth: 1794 Death: 1862-09-05
– your own
Sister –

Page 2

Fanny
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Person

Name: Frances Seward Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
went yesterday to see
Ella Marrin
Unknown
at Mrs. Hotchins
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She will not return with us. We
shall leave here Thursday or Friday
if Will comes. If he does not
I presume Henry
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Person

Name: William Seward Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
will suggest some
other escort, so that I think we
shall certainly be home Saturday.
I am not now afraid to undertake
the journey in 2 days, as I am
better when traveling than with
any other exertion. I wish I might
tell you much that is interesting
but must not write. Mrs Smith
Unknown
is home again. I must
try to see here next ^this^ week – es-
pecially as I went to see her husband
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.
Mrs Bates
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called last week. I did
not see her, as she is an old lady
her visit was supposed to be intended
for me. Sanford
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Person

Name: Henry Sanford Birth: 1823-06-15 Death: 1891-05-21
and Tom Miller
Unknown

come almost every day. Wilkeson
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having been denied twice does not
come again.
Page 3

I have seen no one else. I hope Mrs Schoolcraft
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Person

Name: Mary Schoolcraft Birth: 1815 Death: 1878Certainty: Probable
will not come – her
sympathies are of course on the
secession side. She has two brothers
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People


Unknown
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in South Carolina
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Place

Name: South Carolina City:   County:   State:  SC Country:  US
. Mrs Schoolcrafts
son
Unknown
is in the U.S. Army. Andy Webb
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Person

Name: Alexander Webb Birth: 1835-02-15 Death: 1911-02-12

is here – was in the battle of Bull Run.
Captain Benton
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Person

Name: James Benton Birth: 1820-09-15 Death: 1881-08-23Certainty: Probable
is also here. I was sorry
to be too ill to see Andy when he called.
Mrs. Peale
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Person

Name: Lucinda Peale Birth: 1814-03-08 Death: 1889-02-03
waited an hour to see us one
day when we had gone to drive – but
I missed seeing her. This Sunday
morning is more quiet than other days.
The drums beat early in the morning
and wagons were rumbling along all
night – all is still now – the bells
ringing for church. Henry is much pleased
to hear that a new regiment is forming in
Cayuga
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Place

Name: Cayuga County City:   County:   State:  NY Country:  US
– all the soldiers that can be
had are needed. The improbability of
getting arms and supplies alone prevented
the acceptance of those offered early in
the war. The appropriation made
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by Congress was deferred until the later
in the session and an approval of the
Presidents course was not adopted
until the last days. It is very
easy to stay at home and rail at the
action or want of action in the government
while the impetus to put the wheels
in motion is not thought of, or
withheld. The people of this world
are very unjust and uncharitable
towards each other. When the
springs of the action of each individual
can be seen I presume all will be
more leniently judged. Afternoon –
I have your letter of Wednesday – still you hear
nothing from us. I cannot understand why.
Fearing Will may not get my letter in time
Fred
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Person

Name: Frederick Seward Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
will telegraph tomorrow. Henry went
this morning into Maryland
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Place

Name: Maryland City:   County:   State:  MD Country:  US
on a secret
expedition. I know it is not safe for him to
travel in this way – but he says he can in no
other manner to do much service to his country.
I hope he may come home safe. Captain Palmer
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Person

Name: William Palmer Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18
and Mrs Wilkeson
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have both been here
they say many encouraging things about Augustus
& yet when I reflect upon these I do not

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