Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, September 1, 1834

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, September 1, 1834



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, September 1, 1834

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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: msr 

revision: obm 2017-03-06


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Monday Morning
My Dearest Sister I have had divers
One who dives • One who goes deeply into a study or business • A bird of certain genera, remarkable for their habit of diving, as Colymbus, or of the allied family Podicipince; the northern diver, Colymbus glacialis •
trials of temper
since you left me which I have borne with so little
of a Christian spirit that I sometimes feel almost
discouraged about myself and did I not rely with
confidence on the assistance of One who can give strength
to the weakest I should despair of ever being any
better than I now am. Reason may do much by enabling
us to suppress the expression of wrong feelings, but
it is the influence of Religion alone which can
purify and soften the heart. We should all be
wiser, better, and happier did we more frequently unite
with our own efforts sincere prayers to be strengthened
and directed. I will not urge you my own Sister
to think of these things for that being must be stupid
and insensible indeed who can live without such
reflections, but I ask you for my sake if not for
your own to add prayers to your enquiries and
believe me your search after truth will not be in
vain. We have God's own promise that he will be found
by those who seek him.
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is still getting better slowly—he remained two
days in the ol south chamber and then had a
cot made and placed in the middle of the
south room-of course the front room is used
for a hall-he sits up now about half of
the time-eats his meals with the family.
I have said so many wrong things already about
these movements that I will not trust myself
to say any more now. Thursday I received a
letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
saying the Court had adjourned
and that he should come home immediately after-
going to see his mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
-I then expected him home
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as early as the beginning of this week-Pa received a
letter from him last evening and he has since determined
to make Cornelia
Birth: 1805 Death: 1839-01-04
a visit so that he will not
return before the last of this week or the first
of next-this you will percieve will again delay
my visit to you. I do not wish to be away
from home when he returns-the little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 

are very impatient and do not know how to
wait another week. Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
saw Maryann
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
at Church yesterday she said they had
all been out and she understood her that
 Death: 1847-11-10
had returned. I shall expect a letter to-
night which will tell me all about it. I
hope you have sent the piece of silk for although
Henry is coming home I will send by Lockhart
Birth: 1806-02-13 Death: 1857-09-07

when he goes or some of the other merchants who
are only waiting for a diminution of Cholera.
Henry's letter was very short written on Tuesday
just after the adjournment—he said they did
not adjourn on account of the Cholera.
The morning after you left (Thursday) we were
sent for to Mrs Muirs
Birth: 1801-01-27 Death: 1864-01-08
-you also. We went-met
a small party the Abbotts
Birth: 1790 Death: 1852-05-28
Mr Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
& Catherine
Birth: 1797 Death: 1858-07-03

Birth: 1798 Death: 1873-09-21Certainty: Probable
& Mrs Cooley
, Porter
x Birth: 1790-10-24  Death: 1874-02-03  Birth: 1800-04-12  Death: 1886-03-29 
, Sherwood
x Birth: 1789-10-12  Death: 1869-04-17  Birth: 1794-02-11  Death: 1866-02-03 
-Mr Lucas
Birth: 1799 Death: 1839-08-25
Miss Lord
Miss Bissel


Birth: 1813-03-19 Death: 1849-09-27
Blanch Fosgate
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11
- small enough-Mrs Lee
Birth: 1803 Death: 1899-03-30
not go after all as Mr Lee
Birth: 1802
was too ill to leave.
Friday we called to Abbotts, Wallaces
x Birth:   Death: 1879-04-11  Birth: 1815-02-02  Death: 1890-10-24 
Uncle Peters
-he we found Mrs Dill and promised
to take tea with them the next day. From that
time until this morning I have had the sick headache
I arose from my bed to go to Uncle Peters on
Saturday-they all talked at a time and the
whole time on different subjects-they visit
us tomorrow. Maria was at Church yesterday
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with Mrs Dill they sat in Bostwicks
Birth: 1829-07-22 Death: 1872-06-22
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
came home Saturday night she is much
better-went to Church all day yesterday. Birdsall
Birth: 1791-05-14 Death: 1872-02-08

has returned to Seneca Falls.
Saturday morning Chedell
Birth: 1806-04-24 Death: 1875-06-19
brought over the new
piano-he made a great affair of it had
a carman and two other men to assist in bringing
it into the house and then he hurried so to
put in the legs you would have supposed
that his life depended upon accomplishing
it all in 10 minutes. Pa and Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03

both enquired about it but not of me. I
heard Pa go in yesterday and open the shutters
I suppose for the purpose of examination.
I wish you were here to play for me occasionally
I have opened it but once yet and then
to gratify Augustus curiosity-
One of the men
in state prison killed a
fellow prisoner
the other day with an axe [ while ]


Reason: hole

at wor[ k ]


Reason: hole
he assigns no motive and must
have been deranged though Richardson
Birth: 1776-06-05 Death: 1853-04
he was not-his time of imprisonment
would have expired in two months.
Grandma says people have got the Cholera all
about. I believe the Cholera morbus is more
than usually prevalent and fatal particularly
among children-none of our acquaintances
have it that I know. Kiss Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
for Aunty
and tell her she must not eat green apples
&c-tell her we will all sing and dance
together when I come with the little boys & the
piano— your own sister Frances
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Sep 2


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