Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 16, 1839

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 16, 1839



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 16, 1839

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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: msr 

revision: crb 2017-03-21

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Teusday morning-
My dearest Sister, I received your letter this
morning as I was fearful you have been prevented
writing by illness—I have been much troubled
about you ever since you went away I am
satisfied that bleeding injures you and I was
in hopes you had become sufficiently a convert
to the Homopathic system not to desire it again.
No one came the day you left except Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
and Gary
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02

the latter went immediately on to Seneca Falls
Saturday morning I received a letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

saying he would not be able to come home
until this week—that night at eleven oclock
he came accompanied by Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
Mr. B.
Birth: 1798-04-23 Death: 1875-09-04
came from N.Y. in the morning boat
Saturday—while at breakfast Henry was making some
observation about his not being able to come home
as soon as he wished. Mr B—told him he ought to [ com ]

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and said if it would be any inducement he would
accompany him-this was at 8 oclock-at 1/2 past
8 they were in the car for Auburn and arrived at 11—
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You may imagine how much I was surprised when
Henry walked into my bedroom at that late hour
I could sleep none in an hour or two and the
latter part of the night Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was so restless
that he kept me awake—of course I awoke in
the morning with the nervous headache—all went
to Church in the morning—I felt better after the
house became quiet—and still better after I had
siat up half an hour. Henry would bring Mr B—
into my room when he came home. I was pleased
with him but did not perceive the similarity of
his manner to Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
-he made many enquiries
about you and regretted that you had left—
He goes to Niagara in a week or two with his wife
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23

and Mary
Birth: 1758-02-16 Death: 1840-08-29
. They went to the Presbyterian Church in the
afternoon-made one or two calls and had
company the remainder of the time. a I did
not see much of Henry. Mrs Dean
 Death: 1898
wondered that he could
not see how much Willie had grown. Lucinda Slater
Certainty: Possible

and her baby
are at our house at Albany—in pursuit
of a place. Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
proposes to take Catherines
as Chambermaid (Catherine still continuing faithless) and
let Lucinda do the work in the kitchen—I assented
to this plan. Harriet has had another ill turn and
is not really well enough to do the other work
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As you said Henry wishes me to go to Albany when he
returns from the West. I shall not leave home with
my babe before he is 3 months old indeed I do not
think I will be able to do much myself before that
time—I hope you can read this letter I sit
leaning back in the easy chair to rest my
weak back while I write upon a board laid [ acoss ]

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the arms of the chair. I cannot see the lines
and am unable to read what I write as I sit.
I prefferred this to having one of the boys write
as it would have taken them 2 or 3 days to say all
I wished—Henry is to remain in Albany until after the
25th— he then goes to Chautauqua—does not think
Blatchford will go with him—is doubtful about going
through Canandaigua—if he returns that way and
you are not too sick I hope you will come
with him I suppose it will be the latter part
of August—Jennings has gone back to Albany some other
route—Henry and Mr B. departed at 3 oclock yesterday
morning—Mrs B—and the two little girls
x Birth: 1836-05-25  Death: 1908-10-01  Birth: 1834-10-04  Death: 1922-06-24 
are in Lansingburgh
The Ruggles

Editorial Note

Either David Ruggles
Birth: 1783-06 Death: 1837-12-19
and Sarah Colden Ruggles
Birth: 1791-11-15 Death: 1842-05-10
or Samuel Bulkey Ruggles
Birth: 1800-04-11 Death: 1881-08-28
and Mary Rosalie Rathbone Ruggles
Birth: 1800-09-26 Death: 1878-10-12
made about the same impression upon
you that they did upon me maugre
In opposition; in spite of • To defy •
Judge Conkling’s
Birth: 1789-10-12 Death: 1874-02-05

opinion—Gary has read Tyrrel
Author: George Payne Ransford James Publisher: Harper & Bros. Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1839
through for me. I
like it much will send it to you the first opportunity.
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is making more jelly today. I have not
examined yours yet—Mrs Fosgate
Birth: 1817 Death: 1891-07-28Certainty: Probable
came Saturday
to spend the afternoon not knowing you had gone she
was very much disappointed— Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04Certainty: Probable
was here yesterday
but I did not feel able to see her-also Mrs Hills
Birth: 1790-10-15 Death: 1857-10-25Certainty: Probable
Birth: 1800 Death: 1851-06-04
and Eliza
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31
— I saw none of them— Mrs Compston is going
to Buffalo today. Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
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to fish Saturday and brought home three turtles—they are
at present in a tub—but are to have a pen made—they seem
to afford much amusement to all the family. I sat up
four or five hours yesterday—shall try to walk into the
next room the first warm, fair, day— Willie and his Ma
both M miss Aunty very much—your own sister Frances
Mrs Alvah Worden


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