Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 8, 1829

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 8, 1829



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 8, 1829

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

location: Florida, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: sss 

revision: tap 2017-01-12

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Monday June 8th
My Dear Sister – After so long a time I have accomplished the much
dreaded journey and am ready to tell you all about it. Perhaps you have read
the letters I sent Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
if so this will appear like a repetition – again
perhaps you have not and at all events I know my sis will not be weary
if I tell it all over half a dozen times – We started from Auburn with
only one passenger beside the Beardsely's
x Birth: 1816-03-27  Death: 1900-01-25 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1807-05-30  Death: 1894-01-15 Certainty: Probable
and he only went as far as Skaneateles
he appeared to pride himself upon being an excellent sportsman and told
Beardsley he once killed a whole flock of pigeons at one fire – “How many
were there” – “only one in the flock” – In the course of the day we picked up two
or three more men
one at Manlius who had read for the edification of the
company more than an hour a book written for the purpose of abusing the presbyteri-
ans – as much as I dislike some of their measures I disliked the book more it
was disgustingly violent and some parts indecent, I was very thankful that
the noise of the stage prevented my hearing much of it – We ascertained
after the man left the stage that he was the author of it. We came to Utica
about 7 oclock - - Clark
Birth: 1801 Death: 1849-07-23
and Caroline
Birth: 1815 Death: 1860
have removed to Waterville – this I think
must be true love as Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
says for he no doubt went purely to gratify
Caroline and it certainly must injure his business –– I wrote to Mrs Gordon
Birth: 1803 Death: 1863-02
there and told her I had made a mistake in my calculation with regard to
the day I should be in Utica – I hope she did not come – We remained there
until 2 oclock the next day – went to the garden – got some ice cream not quite
as good as ours – Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
was very much amused with the little gold fishes.
Dont you think we went to Albany in the Eclipse a new line of stages
travel very fast change horses every 8 miles – We rode all night got to Albany
at 4 in the morning pretty considerably tired –– better than the canal with
its small dirty berths and musquetos notwithstanding – We stayed in Albany all
day on Wednesday – I accomplished all my important business – firstly I called
on old Mrs Dole
– then went to the dress makers then the milliners – stores
shoe shop – barbers and – I believe that was all – I got the materials to make
Gus a red velvet spencer – some plain hair for Mrs Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
and four rolls for
myself – had my white dress cut and engaged a hat to be made so
that I could have it before I started in the morning – by the way my
ill looking hat had by this time riding all night been made to look much
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worse than when I started if possible so that I should have been obliged to have
purchased a new one had it been more decent – – The milliner told me my hat
would be six dollars and when it came home in the morning just as we were
starting it was eight – so much for a milliner – it is very pretty however
and she said had been more admired than any she had made this summer
I took two of her pattern hats and combined the least exceptionable parts
as a pattern – it is made of white [ ariphone ]

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Alternate Text: aerophane
crape trimmed with lilac
ribbon and a lilac flower – blond lace just in in the form of a cap –
the berrage patterns are the same as Mrs Jennings
Birth: 1742-06-02 Death: 1831-10-21
– I enquired about the
patterns for dresses – the mantaumaker said they made silk frocks mostly
with plain waists and trimmed them with a broad bias pieces peice
round the bottom with any kind of heading the fancy dictates either
one or two small ruffles or rolls – the sleeves the same as the pattern
I had of Mrs Jenning – My white dress is made with a very full waist equally
full at the top and bottom before and behind with full shoulder straps
such as we make for babies – the bottom plain with as many broad tucks
as the cloth will allow – dresses trimmed with 2 folds and rolls –
I believe that is all that I learned about the fashions – We left Albany
the next morning at 7 oclock – it was a beautiful day and I should
have enjoyed it very much had I not been very much vexed before
I started – when we went on the boat almost the first person I encountered was
Julius Rhodes
Birth: 1801-01-20 Death: 1852
who had the impudence to kiss me before a cabin full of
passengers – I do think he is the most intolerably impudent man I ever knew
he was talking leave of Mr
Birth: 1807-06-08 Death: 1852-07-27
and Mrs Sanford
Birth: 1806-02-19 Death: 1847
– Sanford of Skaneateles had been
married that morning to a Miss Porter a niece of Dr Porters
Birth: 1778-04-16 Death: 1843-06-14
at James Porters
Birth: 1787-04-18 Death: 1839-02-07

Albany – they were accompanied by Addison
Birth: 1794-04-18 Death: 1847-07-23
and I could not but smile
when I recollected what a terror he used to be to me when the Dr was
Birth: 1784-06 Death: 1811-02-22
phisician – Julius introduced me to them – I found Mrs Sanford
very pleasant she regretted very much (at least said so) that I left the
boat at Newbergh – They are going to New York and in a few weeks
return to live at Skaneateles – I promised to renew our acquaintance when
I return home – We went down in the Albany – there were just enough passengers
to make it pleasant – Augustus was a little afraid and very quiet at first
but as his fear subsided he wanted to run about and as Miss Sarah had a
fit of pouting all the way down the river I found him rather troublesome
I would much rather she would have differed this amiable
Worthy of love; deserving of affection; lovely; loveable • Pretending or showing love •
until wh we had got on shore – I have never been able to find out the reason
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She appears to have Aunt Patty
Birth: 1777Certainty: Probable
fits without any cause – she is a little mad if I
tell her to do any thing since I have been here and so cross that I sometimes wish
her at home. I have not said any thing to her yet but my patience is almost
exhausted – You see my dear sis I always make more complaints to you than
anyone else and I am quite sure you will not think me very unreasonable
nor love me the less for it — We got to Newbergh at 2 oclock the stage did not
go out until 7 oclock for Goshen and not until the next boat came in which
Beardsley and his brother were to go to West Point (I am sorry I have made this
great blot by upsetting my inkstand I am writing on a paper box put across the arms of
a chair) You must know I have a wonderful regard for Beardsley he could not
have been more attentive to me had I been his sister so I of course felt very
sorry when he left me at Newbergh and the more so because I had the rest of
my journey to perform alone – He offered to remain and come with me
but I thought it would be very selfish to accept the offer as I knew
he could not do so conveniently – His brother was too much of a boy to travel
alone and he landed with us – he was going to enter as cadet at West Point
a very good natured boy with extremely weak eyes – Gus cried when Beardsley
left us I did not quite but cannot say what I might have done had I
not at that time been receiving a polite call from a sister
of Mrs D
 Death: 1898Certainty: Possible

whose name I never did ascertain – We started in about 20 minutes after
the boat with ten other passengers one Irish girl
and the remainder men
of the lowest kind returning from the races – fortunately the stage proporietor

was along and was very polite to me. Beardsley had paid our bill and
stage fare and gave the necessary directions about the baggage so that I
had nothing to do but get into the stage and ride to Goshen – we did
not get there until 12 at night and then they would not let me go to Dr Evans
Birth: 1770-03 Death: 1829-08-16

so I staid at a strange publick house – got up at 6 and went to the Dr’s
found them all well and very glad to see me they made many enquiries about you &
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
and were very sorry that you was not along – I staid there but a few
hours came on here arrived at 11 oclock Friday morning almost exhausted
hope I shall never be under the necessity of making another journey of 24 miles
alone — Every body works here all the time as hard as they can… It rains to day and
is rather gloomy I have not seen Polydore
Birth: 1799 Death: 1872-04-23
and his wife
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14
yet. Mrs. Seward says their
Birth: 1829
is not so very pretty as Henry thinks it is — Cornelia
Birth: 1805 Death: 1839-01-04
I understand has
found the Methodist church – Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
and Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-25
have removed for this
summer to Kingston on the Delaware Canal – Kiss Fran for Gus and
myself Do write soon and tell me every thing you do or say
Your own Sis – Frances –
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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
8 June
H ¾
Mrs Lazette M. Worden
Auburn –
Cayuga County