Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 2, 1838

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 2, 1838



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 2, 1838

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: csh 

revision: crb 2017-06-29

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Thursday August 2d 1838
My dearest Sister,
I thought it better to defer writing
until Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
had passed by – I received your last letter
the morning Henry left home – I was sick all that day
with nervous headache which has afflicted me much
of the time for a week past – Ann Eliza Nicholson
Birth: 1793 Death: 1849-04-19
along and took tea with us – she is much more agreeable
to me than she ever was before – perhaps it is because she
has a very agreeable husband – She is one of the most
enthusiastic of politicians – says when Henry ran for Gov in
1834 she took the pains to carry votes to two men whom
she knew she could persuade to go the right way –
she intends visiting Serene
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
before she goes home again — I
am afraid she will not go at a very convenient season
as Blanch
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11
told me yesterday that the children
x Birth: 1836  Death:   Birth: 1837  Death: 1910-07-27 
the whooping cough – Mrs Fosgate
 Death: 1848-03-10
does not return I
presume that is the reason – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
thinks she has heard
before that Birdsall
Birth: 1791-05-14 Death: 1872-02-08
was intemperate – I do not think
I ever did – I am very sorry if it is so he was
sufficiently disagreeable before – Poor Serene has paid a high
price for a home – Yesterday afternoon I went to see
Miss Benedict


of Albany who is at Beachs
x Birth: 1785  Death: 1839-08-08  Birth: 1793-05-15  Death: 1845-03-26 
– she is to visit
us to day – Mrs Beach seems to have recovered from her
grief about Christina’s
Birth: 1818-07-24 Death: 1899-09
marriage – Mrs Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
was here
a few evenings ago and gave me a prolix account of
the proceedings of the maternal association – I wish you
could have heard it – she was unusually eloquent – she
represents Mrs Beach as a person of very different disposition

[top Margin] I hope you will answer all these questions the next time you write and my
next expedition shall not be so fruitless – Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
Augustus has
commenced school at the Academy very much against his inclination
Birth: 1818-01-22 Death: 1883-07-21
could not teach them any longer as Mr Leonard
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-08-20Certainty: Probable
required all his
services and “Anthon's Caesar”
Author: Charles Anthon Publisher: Harper & Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1841
was altogether too difficult for my
limited knowledge of Latin – your own Sister —

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from what I had supposed – says she and her daughters
x Birth: 1821  Death: 1888-02-20  Birth: 1818-07-24  Death: 1899-09 
violent tempers which are perfectly uncontrolled — Mrs
Beach has certainly behaved ridiculously in this affair
all the accounts I receive agree in this particular –
I have no doubt she gave Isham
Birth: 1811-01-15 Death: 1888-02-27
every encouragement
for a long time – I cannot and will not undertake to tell
you half that Mrs Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
said but must reserve it
until I see you – I was considerably inclined to
come with Henry and return the next day but as
Clara had been there so recently I concluded to wait
a while longer – Friday morning – I was oblige to
leave my letter yesterday to prepare for our company –
I invited company on account of Miss Benedict and thought
it a convenient time to return some of the invitations
we had received to weddings &c – I intended to have
about 15 but many sent undecisive answers and
some who actually came said they could not
in place of these I asked others so that when they
were all assembled there was 21 or 22 – the invitations
were given verbally and for the afternoon notwithstanding
all precautions the people were determined it should
be a party at least in name – Miss Benedict & Beach
came at ½ past seven it was nearly nine when Miss
Birth: 1814-01-27 Death: 1890-07-29
made her appearance — and many of the
others waited until it was unusually late – Clark
Birth: 1800-01 Death: 1870-10
his wife
Birth: 1803 Death: 1853-11
were here (we were invited to their wedding) he
seems very self sufficient and she not much of any
thing – Jem Wood
Birth: 1817 Death: 1886-02-12
and his wife
Birth: 1817-10-17 Death: 1902-10-05
seemed very much
pleased with each others society – Adeline wears a
large shawl in the street and keeps her scarf at parties!
Birth: 1809-11-15 Death: 1885-09-28
is I should think paying attention to Miss Beardsly
Birth: 1818-07-16 Death: 1890-01-13

Birth: 1783-11-09 Death: 1857-05-11
daughter – you may fancy that we had some difficulty
in gathering a sufficient number of beaux for 10 girls
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William Fosgate
Birth: 1812-04-03 Death: 1897-08-19
actually came which was an unexpected honour
William is sick with dispepsia which he says he has had
seven years – he has the usual attendants of dispepsia
depression of spirits and disinclination to mix in society
I felt sorry for him as he seems determined in his own
mind that he will never be well again – Maxwell
Birth: 1818-02-06 Death: 1901-02-28Certainty: Possible
invited because it is said he is attentive to Miss Conkling
which I rather think is the case – Frank Hamilton
Birth: 1813-09-10 Death: 1886-08-11
asked because I like him – he was sorry there were so
many as he did not wish to attend a party – I told
him I was sorry too as I did not wish to give one –
the time has been when we should have thought 20 persons
a small assemblage – Tom Miller
Birth: 1817-07-09 Death: 1864-07-23
came fresh from
college but Tom still – and Sanford
Birth: 1818-01-22 Death: 1883-07-21
the meek young
man I was very much grieved to be obliged to ask him
to go home with Jule Chase
Birth: 1820
whom I was compelled to
ask because I wanted H Hughes
who is staying there
to take care of Dr Smiths
Birth: 1780-12-27 Death: 1839-12-04
x Birth: 1829-08-28  Death: 1882-04-04  Birth: 1826-12-05  Death:  
during their sojourn
east – I hope he will not think all young ladies as dis[ agreeab ]


Reason: wax-seal
and ugly as Jule if he does I fancy it will have a ten[ dency ]


Reason: wax-seal

to diminish his romance – Ann
Birth: 1822-02-02 Death: 1859-12-09
and Henry Richardson
Birth: 1815-10-25 Death: 1893-01-20

I believe were the only remaining guests – They all conducted
remarkably well – I saw no symptoms of the ill bred proceed-
ings which we have heard related as occurring at some parties
here – perhaps these young people have not taken Mr Cooper
Birth: 1789-09-15 Death: 1851-09-14Certainty: Probable

for a model – Now I want to ask you what you know about
the effect of ether – I have taken it 3 times when suffering
with violent nervous headaches and found almost instantaneous
relief – I was felicitating myself upon having at last attained
a very desirable object when Dr Hamilton
Birth: 1813-09-10 Death: 1886-08-11
threw cold
water upon all my glowing hopes by informing me that
ether frequently produced apoplexy – the little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
very much afraid I would fall down in a fit instantly – I
of course had no such apprehension as the quantity I took was
only 10 drops – but if the effect is sometimes so powerful
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it cannot be harmless taken in small quantities – Clara says Marcia Hall
Birth: 1796-07-10

takes it – I reply that I should be very unwilling to be in the state
she is in now whether produced by persecution or ether –
I have been to see about your things but am afraid you must wait a
week or two longer – Seymour
Birth: 1808
had no settee bedsteads made but
there was one making (being made) at the Prison price $20 – I was mistaken
about their being so high – Mrs Millers
Birth: 1780-09-18 Death: 1850-03-09
was $25 – hers is curled maple
that at the prison is to be painted and gilded like your chairs –
you prefer that do you not – I am to call and see it the first of
next week and take it if it suits – you will write in the mean time
if you prefer maple – All the mattresses they had made were
without cotton – I ordered one with cotton thinking you had better
take one if it is soiled as I intend to do and wash it as Clara
did – they are very heavy and unportable – mine is to be made
so as to fold in the middle would you like this – I have never seen one
but am told they are just as well to sleep upon and much more conven-
ient – They do not have any wollen woolen carpets lower than 9
shillings – there was none of very small figure without too much
white – one I saw which had a very close figure not very large I
should have taken it for our dining room but it had a little white
which Peter would soon make a little black – the predominant colours
were red green and yellow – would you prefer these colours to that


Type: postmark

Mrs Alvah Worden

[right Margin] of your front room carpet – they have some of those with
tolerable small figures – I think however you prefer the other colours