Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 24, 1861

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 24, 1861
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1861-12-24

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 24, 1861

action: sent

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

location: Washington D.C., US

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

location: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: crb 

revision: ekk 2015-07-01

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Teusday Dec 24th
My dear Sister
How much I long for
a talk with you this morning.
The signs of the Times are
so dark that my heart
fails me. I cannot write
what I would say.
Important events are so
rapid in their progress that
every day gives a new
colouring to the future
prospect. Just as all things
were tending to a comsum-
ation of our domestic
difficulties the selfish course
of England promises to derange
if not to destroy all.
A few days will determine

[top Margin] Henry Fred and Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
dine at
the P.M. Generals
Birth: 1813-05-10 Death: 1883-07-27
today. Fanny
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and I are at school and Augustus
is gone for the day. Love to Clara
Sister.

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the course of the British
Government. The speculations
of the Newspapers are not reliable
y though you can glean
some truth from much
error. Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
labours so
incessantly and so energetically
that I am continually appre-
hensive that his strength
will give way. I send a
scrap from a Baltimore paper -
note the sentence marked and
I will speak of it in another
letter. Gen. Scott
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29
would
not have returned at this time
did he not think his coming
a matter of serious importance.
As yet all is surmise. It is
a great comfort to talk with
a man of sound judgment
like Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
, who like
myself is a looker on.
Last evening Charles Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11

was here with many
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other persons. I did not
see him. General Meigs
Birth: 1816 Death: 1892

came into the back
parlour and sat a while
with us. He lamented
the suffering of the poor
horses who were without
shelter last night. They
are building barracks, and
sheds for horses as fast as
they can but as he said
such things cannot be done
in a day. The constant
movement of different Brigades
makes all calculations dif-
ficult. We have not yet
been able to ascertain where
Capt. Kennedy
Birth: 1827 Death: 1863-09-22
& his company
are. I wish you could look
on the Arena this morning
from our window. There is a
constant line of Army wagons
and horsemen single and
in squads.
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Occasionally you see an omnibus
or a carriage but they are
exceptional. Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
does
not hear from Albany yet
but will take care of Aunt
Clara's
Birth: 1794 Death: 1862-09-05
lot. She must not
be anxious about it - if she
can help it. I imagine we
may have mistaken or I may
[ have ]
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Supplied

Reason: 
the closet & spoons of which
you speak. Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
can tell
you where those are I left for
use. I put them with her
silver she may have placed
them in the china closet.
I hope the forks will come
before the dinner of next
week. - they are needed
to make the 24. There is to
be a dinner of 18 00 Friday of this
week. Mr Pomeroy
Birth: 1824-12-31 Death: 1905-03-23
was one of the
invited guests - but I believe he
has gone or is going home. Mrs
Ashley
Birth: 1836-05-26 Death: 1912-05-14
who is among the invited with
all her knowledge of etiquette has
sent no answer - the invitation
has been out many a week Fred

[left Margin] is this morning to send for their answers!