Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 19, 1837

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 19, 1837



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 19, 1837

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

location: Westfield, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mec 

revision: crb 2015-08-19

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Westfield Saturday Aug. 19th
My dear Sister,
I am very weary of my prolonged
stay here I do not seem much nearer home
now than I was a week ago. Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
says now he
cannot get ready to go until the middle of next
week the only reason that I have to think we
shall actually get away at that time is that
he must go to Philadelphia in the course of
a few weeks and wishes to stop awhile at
Auburn. Last Monday we took a lumber wagon
and went on an exploring expedition intending to
return Tuesday evening to be in readiness to meet
the Bishop
Birth: 1784-04-09 Death: 1847-01-12
– the roads were horrible and the
country not interesting. Monday we only got
19 14 miles – we stayed all night at Mr
Birth: 1802
. I had the sick headache and found the
house so dirty that I did not stay very willingly
but there was no tavern near. Mr Walker is a
step brother of the Miss Wests
who live here, one of the
sisters was there. He is a very agreeable Irishman
his wife
dull enough, and the child
so filthy
that I could not touch it. They were all very
kind and attentive to us and are what Lewis

(who went with us) calls "good livers" – which signifies
that the table is loaded with all manner of
good things that are usually found in the
country. This is in the town of Mina.
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Tuesday we rode through the towns of French Creek
and Clymer, two of the newest towns in the
county – as the roads bear testimony. I often thought
of you when we were going through the "pitch holes"
or riding on two wheels winding about among the
stumps – would you not have enjoyed it? – We
reached Harmony that night having accomplished
the astonishing journey of 19 miles – the whole
afternoon we rode in the rain – we were now
20 miles from home, it was 6 oclock, the tavern
was good, so much in favour of staying – but it
was Tuesday night, we expected by nine oclock
the next morning the Bishop Parson Smith & wife
Birth: 1800 Death: 1861-06-23

and Mr
Birth: 1780-02-22 Death: 1877-02-21
& Mrs Peacock
with as many episcopal
brethren as they chose to bring along to dinner.
It would be placing Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
and Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-25
in a
very unpleasant situation – what was to be done.
We were soon brought to a determination. Henry who been
unwell all the afternoon now manifested decided symp-
toms of cholera morbus – he continued sick through
the night and in the morning was so feeble that
he did not feel able to proceed – the recollection
of the state of affairs at home induced him to make
the attempt so after taking a cup of coffee and a
mouthful of toast we set off at 8 oclock – the roads
improved as we went east and we reached Mayville
at 11 oclock – rested there half an hour. Henry
revived. Lewis drove like Jehu and set us down
at the back gate just as the bell rung for 12.
Jenning & Marcia had concluded that some dreadful
accident had occured to detain us – the Bishop
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Parson Smith, wife, and daughter


had all been here, robed
themselves and gone to church at ½ past 10. Marcia
was roasting beef, pig, &c &c with the assistance
of Lauretta Brown
and Jane
Birth: 1819-10-04 Death: 1898-02-12
. Mrs Thompson
the boys
Unknown Birth:   Death:  
were in church. Henry notwithstanding his fatigue
and illness dressed went to church and was confirmed
As the Bishop administered the sacrament the services
occupied 4 hours – we had a good dinner. Mr
Birth: 1779-01-22 Death: 1848
of course came along with Mr Hues
– church
again at 4 oclock. I went in the afternoon – very
hot – good sermon – one woman confirmed – too late
in the morning – Parson Smith & wife came back
to tea. 3 youg young men also & Collins' singers and
musicians. Parson Smith wife and daughter went
home soon after tea feeling very jolly – the Bishop left in [ the ]


Reason: wax-seal

evening boat for Buffalo. Father Baldwin went home and
Mr Hues I think must have been glad of a respite, the
great magnitude of his responsibility altogether overcame
him he was pale and dispirited looking as if he had
passed through a severe illness. Just as I was thinking about
going to bed Marcia commenced sending invitations for a concert
another Collins and his wife came – in about an hour Danton
[ , ]



and Lockwood
succeeded in gathering about 30 people[ . ]



The Music was very good but I was too tired to enjoy it
a little before ten we crawled into bed happy to be released
from the toils of the day. The next day I was more sick
than I have been any day since I came – yesterday better –
Henry has now visited every town in the county, the Bishop has made
his visit and we are about ready to go home[ . ]


I hope Henry
will finish his business as early as Tuesday or Wednesday
I am very impatient to set out – Marcia and Jennings have
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gone to Gerry – Augustus and Lauretta to Fredonia. Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that when
we came home from Mina the first thing we saw was Locke
a young rabbit in his arms which he said belonged to Frances
there is but one it is just the color of Fred's and I think
rather the prettiest little affair I ever beheld – it eats milk
out of a saucer and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
says he saw it eating clover
Jane brings it up in my room occasionally where it hops about
just like any rabbit – it must be 3 or 4 weeks old the
mother has kept it hid all this time – we shall try to bring
them all along when we come. I suppose you have not written
because you expected me home. I have not heard one word from
my dear boy
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
. Jennings had a letter from his father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
they are home at Florida – went to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia

[right Margin] New York and home all in about 2 weeks. Piteous Mud –
all send love – your own sister – Frances

Mrs. Alvah Worden
Ontario County
Aug 20


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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
Aug 19