Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 11, 1838

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 11, 1838



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 11, 1838

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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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: mmh 

revision: tap 2017-09-13

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Sunday March 11th – 1837
My dear Sister, I intended to write the moment
I reached home but have found it impossible
until this time – We found the sleighing toler-
able as far as Waterloo where we remained
all night - reached there at 1/2 past 6 oclock
the damp snow which continued to fall had
by this time made us rather uncomfortable
I thought it better to stop - found all the
family at Birdsall’s
x Birth: 1805  Death: 1884-01-19  Birth: 1791-05-14  Death: 1872-02-08 
well – Mrs Fosgate’s
 Death: 1848-03-10

health is better than it was last summer –
the children
x Birth: 1837  Death: 1910-07-27  Birth: 1836  Death:   Birth:   Death: 1908-10-05  Birth: 1827  Death: 1882-04-11  Birth: 1824-06-04  Death: 1915-04-06  Birth: 1822  Death: 1906 
are all pretty and rather interesting
except Serene’s who certainly possessed the
fewest attractions – Mrs Fosgate manages them
remarkably well – Cornelia and Elizabeth were
very active about the house – Cornelia seems
to possess all the stability of a girl of 24 – I
should think Serene would find her a treasure
she sleeps with Sam – Frank sleeps with his
Grandma – I had a warm room to sleep in –
every thing comfortable – Mrs Fosgate seemed
very glad to see me – She made many
inquiries about you and wishes very much
to have you come and see her – They write
to Serene every day – her letters contain
glowing accounts of the fashion and gaiety
at Washington – When I came home I found
a letter from her to me – it is principally
occupied with an account of the duel
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which had just taken place – she said she should
write to you in a few days – I had hardly
had time to warm myself when Charlotte (is that
her name? I had actually forgotten) Moses
her appearance – she staid all night – a few
moments more brought Maria Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17Certainty: Probable
she staid
all to tea – Charlotte is a beautiful girl not
remarkably intelligent – she had been a[ t ]


Birth: 1792-12-15 Death: 1866-03-11

since Wednesday – Betsy
Birth: 1801 Death: 1860-08-06Certainty: Possible
sent abundance of love
to us both and wishes us to come and see her
which we must try to do so when you come out –
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
has decided upon housekeeping but not upon
a house – there are two over in the neighborhood
of the academy but she does not like to be
so far away – they talk of Capt Chase’s
Birth: 1785-04-07 Death: 1853-01-01
house and
keeping boarders if he will rent it, but he
wishes to sell – I will give you the earliest
information that is disicive – Mary
leaves us
tomorrow – I came home just in time – yesterday
we went to Throopsville in pursuit of a girl
found none – I came home with a severe head
ache which still continues – While at Throopsville
we called upon Mrs Clary
Birth: 1787-01-21 Death: 1882-02-13
– she was glad to
see us after her manner – there was a sister

of the Dr’s
Birth: 1787 Death: 1863-05
staying there from Jefferson County
Among other things I had to call upon Mrs
Birth: 1791 Death: 1869-12-30Certainty: Possible
from Albany, who is at Beach’s
x Birth: 1793-05-15  Death: 1845-03-26  Birth: 1785  Death: 1839-08-08 

they had been at our house while I was away
we stopped on our way to Throopsville – They
return to Albany Monday – that was their son
Birth: 1812-10-18 Death: 1899-04-11Certainty: Possible

with Mrs Spencer
Birth: 1812-10-18 Death: 1899-04-11
– he is with his mother —
I have been to Church this morning which has
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somewhat increased my headache so if this
letter is not very intelligible you must
not think I am crazy yet Jane Penny

came to see Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
while I was gone – she says
your disease is all owing to your mind not being
at ease!!! – there is something new for you
I do not think now the discovery is made
that it is worth while to send for Dr Rosecrans
Birth: 1797-12-15 Death: 1852-07-04

I wonder what new gossip is afloat now – Clara
not exactly understanding the drift of the observation
asked no questions and they will never say
such things to me, so I suppose I must remain
in ignorance — But as I am not quite satis-
fied on this head I prefer that you should consult
the Dr, it may be, as his reputation is great
that he can “minister to a mind diseased”
Seriously my dear sister if you cough continues
one week longer I do insist that you see Dr
Rosecrans – debilitated as you are by previous illnesses
I am fearful that disease may settle upon your
lungs – you know the experience of all consumptives
they all begin with a slight cold – a slight
cold trifled with too often leads to serious consequences
you have not the strength of constitution left to overcome
such things that you had three years ago – Jane
Birth: 1813-09-16 Death: 1891-03-23
eyes have been relieved by bleeding – the Dr – Hamilton
Birth: 1813-09-10 Death: 1886-08-11Certainty: Probable

supposed the weakness to proceed from a fullness of blood
in the head — you complained so much of this
may it not have some effect upon your eyes?
I hear nothing from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
- shall not venture to write to
him again as I expect him to pass through Auburn
this week — I shall be sorry that I have not written if
he does not come – we found very little sleighing on
the north road from CayugaNicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
drove across
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the ice — Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and I walked over the birdge – I am lame
yet — Harriets
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20Certainty: Probable
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22Certainty: Probable
has been sick but is better
Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that the cake is not eaten yet
I think it has been reserved for Sunday — your own
Clara thinks you had better be bled
Mrs Alvah Warden
Hand Shiftx

Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
March 11 1837


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