Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 13, 1838

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 13, 1838



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 13, 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: srr 

revision: crb 2017-03-13

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Friday June 13th 1838
My Dearest Sister
I have seated myself this rainy afternoon
in the midst of abundance of work to answer your letter
which I received Tuesday – I suppose Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-25
and Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24

made you a call when they passed through Canandaigua
they were here so short a time and left so early in
the morning that I hardly ascertained what their intentions
were. They came here Monday night very much fatigued with
a ride of 55 miles – We supposed they would remain
some days but they had been so long from home they
would not consent to prolong their visit – Jennings did not
appear well but I think Marcia’s health improved – Lauretta

and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
were in no wise changed for better or
for worse — As is customary at such times Laura
taken sick Monday night and insisted upon going home
Tuesday – we have had no one but Maria since except
occasional assistance from Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
– I walked and rode
with Marcia so much Tuesday that I could not
get up to see them off in the morning – they left at
5 in the morning in a curious establishment (from
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
description) of Jennings own invention – They cannot
be less than a week getting home – I intended to have
sent your dress by Marcia but was to tired to go to
get it – The piece at Murphy’s
of which I sent you a
^sample^ did not contain enough for a dress but I found a
piece of rep at Hopkins
Certainty: Possible
which I think will please
you equally well – I find there are a great variety of
patterns of rep silk while I fancied all were like Mrs
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
– this price was nine shillings a yard – I
bought sixteen yards a large pattern but thought it
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might be difficult to match – Bishop sleeves not very large
plaited close to the arm about three inches from ^at^ the top
and bottom of the sleeve – a narrow cap at the wrist – round
cape trimmed with ribbon plaited on full or a plain fold
of the same seem to be the N present fashion – Polly Ingols
is here altering some dresses – the sleeve is improved by
a plaited ruffle about an inch wide two or three inches
from the shoulder – there is a ruffle and bow both
on the dress I had made in – N York– So much
for dress — I will send yours in company with Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens Publisher: Doubleday Place of Publication:Garden City, NY Date: 1838

by Mrs Sherwood

Editorial Note

Either Henrietta Sherwood
Birth: 1796-03-24 Death: 1852-11-14
or Phila Fuller Sherwood
Birth: 1794-02-11 Death: 1866-02-03
who goes to Canandaigua Monday –
As for Oliver I do not find any one to read it for me
just now and am anxious you should be entertained
with it as soon as possible – I went over to see Mrs
Birth: 1815-03-06 Death: 1854-07-16
last evening – found her very agreeable – she and
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15
both came home with me and sat until nearly
ten oclock – she always enquires with much interest about
you — We hear of considerable gaiety
mirth; merriment; acts or entertainments prompted by, or inspiring merry delight • Finery; show •
in town but
do not participate there seem to be a number of Brides
no less than five or six young men have taken wifes to
themselves of the fair daughters of Auburn — I believe it
quite a question sometimes whom the parties which are
given are intended to honor – Mrs E Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
and Mrs Cheadell
Birth: 1807-10-03 Death: 1874-03-11

both gave a party (small I believe) Wednesday – I believe
the people are as sensible as we are that we have outlived
our season of gaiety – we seldom receive an invitation to
join in the festivities around us for which I am truly
thankful – Mrs Griswold
Birth: 1819 Death: 1896
was “at home” in other words
received company between the hours of 3 and 9 Tuesday
they are boarding at Mrs Tenlicks
Birth: 1788-08-15 Death: 1850-02-26
(I don't know how to spell it)
who lives in the old Kasson
x Birth: 1781  Death: 1868-11-25  Birth: 1780-03-18  Death: 1854-05-25 
house – Mrs Isham
Birth: 1818-07-24 Death: 1899-09
not returned yet – it is amusing to hear all the
gossip which is afloat about that marriage – Harriet
was here to tea yesterday and talked us
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deaf as usual – Harriet is warm hearted one cannot help liking
her – I never saw any one more destitute of as Balwin

says that best of all virtues Discretion. She now makes it
her home at Stephen Goodwins
Birth: 1807-11-26 Death: 1879-05-13
on account of her former
love for him I suppose – I never saw her so well dressed
as she was yesterday I think Francis
Birth: 1808-09-10
must have disisted
her toilette – Dr Smith
Birth: 1780-12-27 Death: 1839-12-04
& his wife
Birth: 1801-08-15
is still boarding
with Mrs Chase
Birth: 1791 Death: 1862-10-14Certainty: Probable
both very unwell – Mrs Smith wishes
very much to make you a visit this summer which
I have no doubt she will accomplish – Do announce
to Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that five ducklings have made their escape
from the shell and more are hourly expected – I should
think making a moderate calculation that Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

has been at the nest about one hundred times since
sunrise – had the little hare come when I wrote before?
I think not - Mr McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
got it of a man who had
killed the old hare – it is very soft and furry –the color
of a grey squirrel about five weeks old – looks
much like a young rabbit – eats milk and clover
they are obliged now to keep in in a closed pen to protect
it from the cat and Snip
 Death: 1848
– You are so happy in
the selection of names do send us one for the poor
little hare – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is not ready to make the visit yet
I hope she will be in a week or two Augustus shall
come whenever she gets ready – the roads are far
from inviting at present – how much rain
and what exceedingly warm weather – Henry will
go next week – Butternut and Daisy are beautiful
names as was Mary Howits
Birth: 1799-03-12 Death: 1888-01-30
poetry – Tell Frances I have
some double buttercups in the garden and will save
some seed for her – Henry brought the roots from
Ludlowville – Our Dahlias are growing finely I am
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so sorry that I did not send Frances a root by Marcia but the hurry
was such that I thought of nothing – Did Mrs Dill
Birth: 1781-09-17 Death: 1862-06-21
say any-
thing about the lemon tree – I recollect Mr Muir
Birth: 1790 Death: 1868-02-17
well – I suppose
he was a young man then but I looked upon him with great
awe – I am glad to hear of John Birdsalls
Birth: 1802 Death: 1839-07-22
poor John he will find little in the honours which may be heaped
upon him to bring peace to a mind so delicately moulded and
so overcharged with sorrow as his — 
Maria Miller
Birth: 1780-09-18 Death: 1850-03-09
is very much pleased with the idea of visiting Ballston
I think I mentioned that she was to accompany Henry as far as– SchenectadyAnn
goes with her – Mrs Yates
Birth: 1813-09-16 Death: 1891-03-23
is to visit the
house daily and attend to the plants – ever your Own Sister Frances –
Mrs Alvah Worden


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