Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 4, 1839

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 4, 1839



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 4, 1839

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: srr 

revision: crb 2017-03-23

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My Dearest sister,
I am too unwell to day to see company
so I find a few leisure moments to devote to you —
I had a turn of palpitation of the heart this morning
which has made me unequal to any exertion — I have until
within a few days been unusually well. I think I sent
my last letter Tuesday or Wednesday — Thursday morning
before breakfast Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
came from N. York on
his way to Westfield he had a letter from his cousin
him of the situation of his mother
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-25
but he had not, until
he came here, heard of her death — Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
To influence by argument, advice, or intreaty • To convince by arguments, or reasons offered •
to wait here a day until another letter should arrive.
I went in the afternoon to the mantaumakers (who is making
a calier dress for me) and on my return called to invite
Mrs Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
to spend the day with me Friday — She was very
glad to see me and promised to come —That evening we had
a long letter from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
which relieved my mind
considerably - he is more composed, and resigned even, than I
anticipated — Marcia he writes “complained a little some time
in the night, was up, but declined to have Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
any of the family – and probably soon after suffered the
shock from which she never recovered, even so far, as to
stretch a limb or raise a finger — The servants not finding
her up repair to her room and and found her in this insensible
situation — Her face and head, particularly the muscles of her throat

[top Margin] Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
is wonderfully engaged in the election, very much given
that his age will not allow him to vote. I wish he would get up to breakfast
Monday afternoon Nov 4th 1839
mornings. I had a letter from dear Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
last night, all well
Augustus Seward was there when she wrote.
your own sister

[left Margin] Joel Bacon
Birth: 1796-06-09 Death: 1876-11-14
was here yesterday

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continued to swell so that when I arrived her eye sockets were not only
full, but her eye balls with bloated lids were projecting in a frightful
manner —” She continued in this state about 24 hours – there
were seven physicians in attendance – but all their efforts
to restore her availed nothing – she never exhibited the least
return of consciousness and died about 2 o'clock the
next morning— Sunday she was buried near the house
in which they live with a view to her reinterment
The act of depositing a dead body in the earth; burial •
some future time — Jennings adds, “dear Marcia, I
learn was joyous in her return – her mind had been a little
To scatter; to disperse; to separate into parts and disappear • To expend; to squander; to scatter property in wasteful extravagance • To scatter the attention •
and estranged from its accustomed habits of
by her absence. She had now returned – disciplined herself
to her closet duties – sat down to the careful perusal
To read with attention • To observe; to examine with careful survey •
of the
bible – breathed her soul in prayer & resumed her vows to God –
all which was communicated to me by her niece
– and in her
last letter to me she said that her spiritual as well as temporal
house was set in order! Thus was she ripened for a better world
You will, my dear sister, perhaps desire to know something of my
own state of mind under this sore bereavement — I will promise it
at a future time and only say now that I am not left to
mourn as those who lose a friend for whom they they have no hope.
I do not look to the disclosures of the future to set this in a proper
light before my mind, it is all right even now — Marcia was a good woman
entitled through Christ to a seat in Glory & God has called her to enjoy it,
this no one doubts who knew her well, and what is the loss I suffer even
though it be in comparison — Never husband suffer a heavier loss, never were
greater mitigations. The Lord be praised I feel no rebellion, so that while
I weep my heart is filled with gratitude and love—”
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Mrs. Horner spent the day with me Friday. Ann
Birth: 1813 Death: 1873-04-29
and the children
x Birth: 1834  Death: 1900-02-05  Birth: 1833  Death:  

came to tea — I had a pleasant visit from them — James
Birth: 1804 Death: 1874-06-12
came for
them all in the evening — George Wood
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02Certainty: Probable
called and spent an hour about
the same time – he came to Albany with a sister
who is going to Pittsfield
to school in company with Jane Sherwood
Birth: 1822-03-29 Death: 1886-06-04
and Ann Smith
— Every day
last week we had company to dinner. Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
continued in a dangerous
condition my mind was harassed but until Saturday I was tolerably
well — Saturday morning when Henry announced two gentlemen to dinner
I gave up and withdrew to my room too sick to make my appearance
at table – one of the gentlemen was Mr Perceval
son of the
former Prime Minister of England
Birth: 1762-11-01 Death: 1812-05-11
– the other was Prussian
– I
was sorry that I could not see them – in the course of the forenoon
The former part of the day, from the morning to the noon •

Henry invited four others, General A Scott
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29
among the number –
but one however came and that was not the General — Sunday
I had chills and a slight fever — Yesterday when I commenced this letter
I felt some better but had a little fever again last night – it is
now Tuesday afternoon — I am living on water gruel, and hope to
be well tomorrow — I have not seen the physician in two days
but Nicholas is better – this is no small relief to my mind — I hope
with great caution he will get up again – it is five weeks to day since
he became sick — You ask me about Peter and I feel reproached for saying
any thing about him — He is so honest and good natured that one cannot
help liking him — The difficulty is that he has lived in a town so long that
he does not work at all as we do – but say nothing about it – I hope he will
improve — he does not object to my telling him any thing I please about
his work. The furniture all came safe. The jelly was not in the least
injured – none of the glass broke except one lemonade which is of
no consequence — York
Birth: 1811 Death: 1882-07-06
exhibited all the silver when Mrs Horner came
we have purchased 3 small candelabra for the table, a marble top
center table and a sofa bed stead of white wood painted white. Your
room remains to be furnished — I think it will the one Miss

occupied – it is smaller and more convenient than the other and does
communicate with the Hall — I have had it cleaned preparatory to furnishing it
I hear nothing of Miss Conkling
Birth: 1791 Death: 1851-04-14Certainty: Possible
– hope that call had the desired effect — The picture
is to be given to George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07Certainty: Possible
I hope he will value it as it deserves this

[right Margin] is Jennings arrangement —
Page 4

Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has gone to the Pearl Street Academy this afternoon
for the first time — John Frederick Hildreth
Mrs Horners cousin is
to accompany him. Mrs Horner very kindly proposed that he should
take his dinners with John Frederick all winter — The school is
a mile from here — The same cat continues here that we had last
winter but the people in the kitchen grieve very much by
treating her ill – her kittens have grown to be a pair of black wild
cats — 
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
desires me to thank you for your very acceptable present
to her, she should not have had anything more suitable — Mrs Benedict
Birth: 1791 Death: 1869-12-30Certainty: Possible

and I wish every day that you could see your little boy
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
, he is so nice
he sits up in the cradle and plays with any thing that is given him
jumps and laughs and makes sport for us all.
Mrs Alvah Worden


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