Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 22, 1834

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 22, 1834



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 22, 1834

action: sent

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Aurora, NY

transcription: meb 

revision: tap 2017-09-11

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Albany March 22d
My Dearest Sister, This is my last letter from Albany
I know this communication will afford you unexpected
pleasure – We start for Auburn the last day of March
or the first of April – the roads are so bad we shall
probably be three or four days accomplishing the journey
should I not be so happy as to meet you there
I will write immediately and should any circumstance
detain us here longer than the time specified I will
write again from this place – I know how long
three or four days are when we are expecting those
we love – You will enquire what brings us home
before the termination of the session – what should
it be but the Grover
Birth: 1775-05-10 Death: 1859-11-22
and Gunn
Birth: 1801 Death: 1849
business, which
has been the bane of Henry’s
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
existence for the
last 7 years – The time has arrived to make a
settlement with the creditors and they refuse
to wait a month longer – All would have been
arranged so that Henry might have made the
payment without going home had he not gone
abroad last Summer – But I know you do not
much care what brings us home provided we come
and as it is no [ gevious ]

Alternate Text

Alternate Text: grevious
calamity we will all rejoice
together – I can say with sincerity I am heartily
glad that my sojourning is so near a termination
and were it not for the few, dear friends we
leave behind I should feel not a shadow of regret
in quitting Albany – The little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
are very
happy in the prospect of so soon returning to
their home and accustomed sports – Maryann
thinks the good people at Amber will will still
appear amiable
Worthy of love; deserving of affection; lovely; loveable • Pretending or showing love •
in her eyes – notwithstanding a
"winter in Albany" — This is Saturday – on Monday
I shall go to New York with Rathbone
Birth: 1791-08-02 Death: 1845-05-13
and stay
at Jennings’
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08  Birth: 1769-11-27  Death: 1844-12-11  Birth: 1793-08-23  Death: 1841-02-24 
two or three days then return and
commence the arduous operation of packing –
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I can hardly tell you what I have been doing for the last
week but I believe pretty much nothing – I went last
Sunday to hear Mr Welch
Birth: 1794 Death: 1870
preach – Rathbone came home
with me – I had no opportunity to read him your letters
which I have no doubt was a great disappointment
He is going on v to Washington next week being a member
of the committee who are to present the memorial to
Congress – I suppose you have read in the journal the
account of the great AntiJackson meeting here on
Tuesday – it was a time of universal excitement –
The streets were thronged with people the went up
to the city Hall in a solid body – state street was
black – I never saw any thing to equal it – After
they were all assembled Mrs Cary
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
ordered the carriage
and we rode about town for the purpose of seeing
how many stores were closed – we then rode a few
miles on the Troy road for pleasure but the wind
blew so hard we were glad to return – Fred was not
satisfied notwithstanding the wind had blown his hat
off from his head and out of the carriage – The gentle-
men came from the meeting in fine spirit – all
had gone smoothly and the numbers assembled exceeded
the expectations of the most sanguine –
Since then the week has been rather dull – I
have had a constant headache and Mrs Cary has
been sick in bed two days – of course we have both
staid at home – The weariness of the time has been
in some measure relieved by the visits of two of the
poor little deaf and dumb boys
Unknown Birth: 1818-03-18  Death: 1878-01-27 
– there are at present
8 pupils in town – they have had two exhibitions
at the capitol and are to return to day to New York
I have become very much interested in the two who
have visited us – One of them is the same who was
at our rooms last spring while you were at Troy
his name is Conklin – he is a very amiable affectionate
and intelligent boy – says he will write to me this
Summer and to use his own language which is very
touching and simple – he is “very sorry to depart” from me –
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Fred and Gus think they are beautiful affairs and both
cried heartily because as Fred said “the deaf and dumb” had
gone away without seeing them – however it was all
made up this morning – Nothing is talked of among
men but the “pressure” “the pressure” – which of course
you read about sufficiently in the Newspapers – I
suppose it is not yet felt as much in the country
as in the Cities but the accounts I imagine are not
exaggerated – the poorer classes feel it severely – but
the Irish labourers while they can find no employers
will hurrah for Jackson
Birth: 1767-03-15 Death: 1845-06-08
and curse the United States
Bank – I hear nothing from Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
a letter from
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15Certainty: Probable
says all are well at home – I must write
her a few lines that we may not come too unexpectedly
I received your kind letter on Thursday the accustomed
day I am sorry to hear you have got the Rheumatism –
you must make haste and get well that you may be able
to come to Auburn either before or after I return –
Yesterday we were all invited to take tea sociably at M[ rs ]


Reason: hole

Birth: 1794-09-16 Death: 1839-04-23
– Mrs Cary was not well enough to go and said
I must mre the headache – so I went and had jus[ t ]


Reason: hole

about as dull a visit as I had there a year ago
when you may reccollect I went with Mrs Yates
Birth: 1813-09-16 Death: 1891-03-23
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
and Mrs Tracy
Birth: 1800 Death: 1876
were there when I went – Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01Certainty: Probable

and Sarah
went with me – Henry and Uncle Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
to come round after tea – Mr
Birth: 1798-05-01 Death: 1858-06-10
and Mrs Taber
Birth: 1801-11-27 Death: 1834-11-24
 Death: 1864-05-01Certainty: Possible
and Mrs Brown
all relatives of the family
were the other guests – Mr Cary came at ½ past 6
without Henry who had wisely concluded to stay at
home – Mr and Mrs Tracy went home at nine and
the rest of us at half an hour later – I hope this
is the last sociable vistit visit I shall be obliged to make
To day I ought to go and return about 20 calls but it
is cold and the wind is blowing and Mrs Cary is not well
enough to go with me and I have concluded to go and
see Ann Eliza Nicholson
Birth: 1793 Death: 1849-04-19
this afternoon and to stay at
home this morning – Mrs Clark
Birth: 1792 Death: 1834-03-29
is dead – she had been
ill ever since her mothers
death – I shall take Augustus
to New York with me and leave Fred with Mary Ann and his
Pa – to which he has consented – I think I had better go now
and see Jennings and Marcia as I may not be in the
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vicinity of New York again in a long time – All send
love as usual – once more dearest good bye – your own Sister
kiss Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
for Aunty — Frances
Mrs Alvah Worden
Cayuga County —


Type: postmark

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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03Certainty: Probable
Frances A. Seward
March 23.