Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 24, 1837

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 24, 1837



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 24, 1837

action: sent

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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: tap 

revision: crb 2017-06-29

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Saturday afternoon — 22d June
My dearest Sister,
Mrs Dean
 Death: 1898
has stayed and talked so long
that I am afraid I cannot finish my letter until
tomorrow — As is always the case when we are without
help we have had abundance of company this week —
Monday afternoon Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
came we were all very glad to
see him he only stayed all night came to talk with
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
about affairs which could not be written and said
he dare not stay any longer — was off before breakfast —
Tuesday Mrs Dean came to spend the afternoon — then
Mary Osborne
Birth: 1786-09-11 Death: 1858-02-17Certainty: Possible
and her daughter

Editorial Note

Either Anna Barnett Osborn
Birth: 1831-07-05 Death: 1850-01-12
or Mariah Osborn
Birth: 1823-01-07 Death: 1847-06-08
came and stayed all
night — Lewis Gaylord Clark
Birth: 1808-10-05 Death: 1873-11-03
twin brother of Willis
Birth: 1808-10-05 Death: 1841-06-12

was here to tea also — he looks so much like Willis
that I met him very cordially at the door and
did not discover my mistake until he said I
had mistaken him for his brother — however I could
perceive a great difference on closer examination — he
is agreeable his manners are much like his brothers —
on his way to Niagara for the first time — you know
he is editor of the Knickerbocker — I asked him who
was the author of the Palmyra letters
Author: William Ware Publisher: C. S. Francis Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1838
— he said it
was a secret but he would send me a letter from
him when he returned to the hotel which he did
also a a billet from Gals
Birth: 1786-04-10 Death: 1860-07-21
as a literary curiosity
The author of the Palmyra letters is the Rev Mr Ware
Birth: 1797 Death: 1852

a Unitarian clergyman of Batavia Jamaica Long Island I hope
you will not divulge — he is now writing letters

[top Margin] you have much better success than I have Polly
Birth: 1799 Death: 1872-04-23
has mangled
another for me — the one I had made in N.Y. is bad enough
your own sister

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from Rome which may be considered a continuation of the
others — his letter refers to one of those — Gals writes
from Grenock Scotland on the subject of a romance
which is to appear in the July number of the Knickerbocker
he is suffering from the effect of paralysis of which he
speaks thus — "Might I request to know the name ^what^ of your
friend did with his paralysis! I have now been since Sep
never off my seat, except when lifted like a log, and
really as a sick and dying boy said to his father —
"it is growing dark, I wish lights were come". The world to me
is growing less every hour" — — I shall keep these letters
carefully especially for your perusal — Clark was here
the whole afternoon — Henry read to him his address which
he is to deliver next Monday in Troy before the Young
Mens association — Clark immediately desired to have
it for the Knickerbocker! Henry has been hurried to
death ever since he came home — I do think he is
the most indefatigable mortal I ever saw — he was com-
pletely exhausted with close application the last
day he was at home — left yesterday afternoon accom-
panied by Mrs Miller
Birth: 1780-09-18 Death: 1850-03-09
and her maid Ann
— will be
gone two or three weeks — Wednesday we had quite a
scene here — Caroline Smith
Birth: 1807
came running in almost
in a hysteric fit with an open letter in her hand which
had just arrived from Henry
 Death: 1850-08-12
announcing his marriage
to a Miss Emmeline Prime
of Westfield — Caroline had
opened the letter at the Office and came immediately here
to know if we had ever any knowledge of the girl in
question — we could tell her nothing except that she
was living in the family of Mr Farnsworth
Birth: 1775-07-16 Death: 1855-09-26Certainty: Possible
who was
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her guardian — Caroline's grief was violent uncontrouled and
selfish as she never seemed to think how infinitely greater
must be the disappointment of her father
and mother
dwelt constantly on her own love for Henry and his ill
requital of her affection — the letter was addressed to
her father cold and unsatisfactory enough — he commenced with
saying he was married the evening before to Miss Emmeline
Augusta Prime niece of Mr Prime of N.Y. of the firm of
Prime Ward and King — he had become attached to the young lady
soon after their acquaintance commenced — soon discovered the attachment
to be mutual — had offered himself — was accepted — at the same
time informed that her guardian Mr Farnsworth would not consent
to their union as he had another person in view as ^for^ the husband of
his ward — Mr Farnsworth was about to remove his family to Chicago
and the evening previous to this departure as Henry says after mature
deliberation the young people concluded to be married by a justice
of the peace with whom Henry is boarding — this we have from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24

Henry hoped his parents

would forgive him & promised himself the pleasure
of presenting his wife to them this Summer — Miss Prime is an orphan
without nearer relatives than this uncle — I think she is the
same girl who read the composition on the death of her mother

at the time of the examination — Jennings writes that they are now
boarding at the house Henry was at before — Caroline was in such
a state that I went home with her — there I witnessed another burst
of uncontrouled passion from Mrs Smith who behaved just as you
would suppose Mrs Smith would — Smith who is still confined to his
bed behaved very rationally though he was most affected — I
remained an hour seeing no prospect of any cessation of the ravings
I came home — Henry went up in the evening, found them all
much more composed — he mentioned that Jennings had written
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that Miss Prime had about 2000$ — "is that all said Mrs S—"
dont mention any of these things — I felt very unwilling to
witness all that I did and feel that I ought not to make it
L publick — Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
says Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
has 11 ducks
from ten eggs — the hare grows finely and we have another
kitten come to us for a pet — a bridled kitten — a cunning
little affair it is —
Mrs Alvah Worden
June 24
Auburn NY


Type: postmark

[right Margin] Eliza
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31
and Mrs Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
are going to Buffalo the first of next week
it is now Sunday — I will try to persuade Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to go with them
to Canandaigua —

[bottom Margin] Tell Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
I will send his letter to Henry as soon as I write
which will be in a few days — it would be useless to write sooner
as I am to direct to N.Y. Your dress will be spoiled unless