Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 31, 1833

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 31, 1833



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 31, 1833

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Aurora, NY

transcription: obm 

revision: crb 2017-01-16

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Saturday Morning —
My Dearest Sister, Although you have occupied my head and
heart almost exclusively since you went away I have not found time
to write before now — it is now early in the morning I have just risen
and will write now knowing if I defer it until after
breakfast I shall be cheated out of the necessary time — I have
just finished a letter for Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and have writtten to Cornelia
Birth: 1805 Death: 1839-01-04
finished the letter to Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
which I had commenced before you
left — the two last letters were written to oblige Ma
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
— After
all this you know how delightful it must be to write unreservedly
and to one who I am perfectly sure understands all my thoughts
and feelings and does not love me the less for my weaknesses —
Of course Henry is not included in the exception — I spent the
day Wednesday very 'unwisely' as Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
would say weeping until
I almost blinded my eyes — went to bed at eight oclock and
awaken awoke the next morning feeling very much as if I had
not a friend in the world — so much for the absence of
one warm heart I have not been out of the house since
you went away and feel no disposition to do so — The
village appears to me entirely deserted — I am inclined to think
my visits to the eastern part of Genesee street will be few
and far between this Summer — It always did seem like
a degree of profanation to see any one else living in a
house that you have occupied — The night you went
away while we were all sitting by the fire and I was crying
the street door ^bell^ rang with great violence and Mrs Daniel
Birth: 1810-04-27 Death: 1884-03-26
entered accompanied by two damsels
xtwo damsels

and a half grown
Birth: 1804-09-10 Death: 1834-10-18Certainty: Probable
— whom from his looks I imagine was her brother though
she did not condescend to enlighten us by an introduction —
The other ladies were her sister
and a Miss Rider
from New
a niece
of Mrs Delevans
 Death: 1848
who has been spending the summer
and purposes spending the winter at Ovid — some way connected
with the Meritt's
x Birth: 1774-01-17  Death: 1862-11-11  Birth: 1774-06-06  Death: 1858-06-09 
— She says she called at our house when
we were keeping house across the street with Mrs Delevan but I
do not recollect her — I was so much vexed by the interup-
tion that I did not recollect even Mrs Meritt ^Cock^ for some time
They staid and staid as the children say until Mrs Seward went
to bed and I almost went to sleep — I told Ms Rider I should
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be very happy to have her stay when I found she was positively determined to
go — How that poor word happy is abused — Well they did go the half
grown man (who looks like Meritt in miniature) and all — The next
day Thursday I ironed all day — Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
made himself wroth
Very angry •
with the painters
and a little vexed with me because the inside shutters were painted green
first determined that they should paint no more and then concluded that
he would have the dining room shutters cupboards and all painted white
I remonstrated
To exhibit or present strong reasons against an act, measure of any course of proceedings • To suggest urgent reasons in opposition to a measure • To show by a strong representation of reasons •
but without any effect — white white was the thing —
Pa does not appear to think I have any thing to do but wash paint or if
I have it does not materially concern him — Well six months as Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03

used to say cannot last forever and when Henry comes home he will
make my path somewhat smoother — Yesterday afternoon Mr Man-
Birth: 1758-08-15 Death: 1846-03-14
called and we had a long talk about his wife you and Henry
I had a drawing towards the man entirely from the circumstance
of his being associated with the recollections of our winter in
AlbanyMrs Manchester
Birth: 1783-10-20 Death: 1841-04-10
is so far recovered that he intends to go
for her in October — but he will tell you all about it as he is coming
to Aurora to see you soon — he says he is there very frequently —
Last evening Eliza Wallace
Birth: 1810-01-15 Death: 1888-10-19
and Minard
Birth: 1806-04-20 Death: 1888-03-13
called — Minard is very weak but
this is entre nous — I should think from appearances they were engaged
though I saw nothing very particular in his attention after all
nothing that I could specify as a reason for my conclusion —
Mrs Wallace does not know when she will go to Aurora
thinks not until next week — it is not very material to your
happiness to know the precise time — I shall write tomorrow
to Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and tell her when I am coming for her — I think I
shall go the last of next week — Pa continues to talk of
going to Albany but says nothing decisive as yet ‚ I would
rather wait until he goes if it is not too long‚ I shall not re
be gone but one night — Sarah has been very good and gets along
with the cooking much netter than I expected — but she cannot
stay a month longer from present indications — Not a word
from Henry yet I shall of course send you his letters
as soon as I have read them twice over — the latest dates
from Liverpool August 1st — we have no letter since the
7th of July — perhaps they are lost but I shall not be
be uneasy there being many causes to detain them — I shall
write you a longer letter next week — In the mean time I shall expect
to hear from you — the little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
are both well and talk much of Aunty
and cousin Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
— Kiss Fan for us all — Grandma Seward says
she is a very nice little girl — your own Sister Frances
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