Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 16, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 16, 1840



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 16, 1840

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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: csh 

revision: crb 2017-06-30

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Auburn Sunday 16th 1840
My dearest Sister I hope to be able to write you a letter
to day though the prospect is rather dull at present it
is now between 4 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon – Maria
just returned from Church and relieved me from the care
of Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
– dear little Willie – dont you think Snip
 Death: 1848

bit him yesterday on his leg – the skin was broken
but the wound did not bleed – it was sufficient however
to alarm me not a little in this season of dry days
Snip is an illnatured cur or he would not bite Willie
when he wants to play with him so much – he is as
perfectly fearless as ever and would still persivir in
pulling Snip's hair were he not withheld – We have had
a busy week – Last Tuesday Henrietta Ogden (Kasson)
Birth: 1813-11-19 Death: 1852-02-05

came with her nephew
Birth: 1833-07-22 Death: 1893-05-23
a son of Williams
Birth: 1809-08-15 Death: 1888-09-29
to make us a
visit – She is on her return to Chicago having been on a
visit to her husband's
Birth: 1811-07-16 Death: 1880-02-13
Birth: 1788-09-30 Death: 1850-10-09
at Delhi Delaware County
Wednesday Clara
Birth: 1791-06-01 Death: 1862-01-09
invited in some of Henrietta's old ac-
quantiances to tea – Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05-06
, Mary Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
the Horners

and Richardsons
x Birth: 1778  Death: 1857-08-21 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1776-06-05  Death: 1853-04 Certainty: Probable
– it rained as it has every day for
a fortnight but they all came and spent the evening
Between eight and nine o'clock who should walk into the
room but Mr
Birth: 1796-11-06 Death: 1852-09-08
and Mrs Sibley
Birth: 1802-01-29 Death: 1877-05-21
and Emily
Birth: 1828-10-20 Death: 1856-10-19
– I was
very much surprised to see them supposing they had
gone on with the delegation the day previous – They
stayed but a short time as they said because I
had company to entertain – it was rather malapropos

[right Margin] Did you read the list of 100 names in the Auburn Journal of those
who have renounced Van Buren
Birth: 1782-12-05 Death: 1862-07-24
– The Loco attempted to raise a
hickory pole Friday which broke and fell to the ground
is it not ominous —

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one cannot introduce people on such occasions – Mrs Sibley stayed
however long enough to provoke my wrath by saying that
nothing ailed you except that you were nervous meaning
by nervous as people generally do that your disease
was altogether imaginary – she had sufficient sense not
to contend the point when she found I gave no encouragement
to the idea – how silly it is to allow oneself to be provoked
by such ignorant and unfeeling expressions of opinion
but I was provoked and after Mrs Sibley had gone
expressed my opinion pretty freely to my guests –
It is not to be expected that a woman fat strong
and healthy like Mrs Sibley can in any manner or
form comprehend the delicacy of an organisation like
yours – The next morning they called again to
complete their visit – they came about ten minutes before
one oclock and were hardly seated before they
were summoned by a messenger to return to the Hotel
to dinner as they were to leave at 2 oclock I saw
no more of them – Henrietta was taken sick Wednesday
evening and has been confined to her bed ever since
to day she is sitting up a little – she is very
anxious to be in Buffalo the 23d to take the
“Illiniois" for Chicago which goes at that time – As she
cannot travel any more by stage she will not be
able to make you a visit as she proposed when
she came here – she is not in a situation to travel at
all I should be wild to be so far from home
as she is – Henrietta is very much the same she
was in looks, manners and habits seven years ago
she is much dissappointed that she cannot see you
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her mother
Birth: 1781 Death: 1868-11-25
is in Chicago keeping house for Mr Ogden
Birth: 1811-07-16 Death: 1880-02-13Certainty: Probable
– I suppose
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
has returned by this time I sent his cloak to William
Certainty: Possible
and trust he had no difficultly in finding it – The
result of the Convention you have heard or seen in the
Newspapers as I have – The enthusiasm seems increasing
for Harrison
Birth: 1773-02-09 Death: 1841-04-04
every day – What a meeting that was at
Birth: 1806-05-02 Death: 1881-10-13Certainty: Possible
says the accounts are not exaggerated
I have no letter from Henry since the Convention –
Clara and I attended a party at Dr Pitney's
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
Friday evening
there were about 50 people there – every thing was very
well arranged – Mary
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
looked uncommonly well and
was agreeable to the guests but some how or another
it was rather dull – no music or dancing and
too many people to admit of rational conversation
the truth is I do not enjoy such things and always
think every time I go will be the last – The Conklings
x Birth: 1814-01-27  Death: 1890-07-29  Birth: 1816-08-22  Death: 1891-09-18  Birth: 1791  Death: 1851-04-14  Birth: 1789-10-12  Death: 1874-02-05 
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Reason: hole

all there but did not speak – did you ever hear any thing
so ridiculous – Mrs Conkling insulted me by refusing
my proffered hand after that I did not think it worth
while to address the young Ladies so we passed each
other without seeing – I believe I will not expose them
unl[ e ]


ss it be in self defence –I wonder Margaret has the
assurance to conduct in this way the recollection of
her impertinent conversation with me I should suppose would
restrain her – The Judge was as polite and friendly
as ever – I am glad you like the homeopathy system yet
I have less and less respect for the old school every time I am
brought in contact with them – We have had Dr Munson
Birth: 1802-01-12 Death: 1902-05-12Certainty: Possible
Henrietta – he is very much like the others – makes a great
affair of a trifle– I hope Dr Brigs
Birth: 1807-12-05 Death: 1888-04-24
will come along
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Henry is still alone as was when he wrote last – I do not know when
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
will return but shall hold myself in readiness to go on
with him when he returns home – Henry says not a word about
coming home – Henrietta's coming prevented Clara's going to Romulus
last week as she intended – I shall try to persuade her to go
when Hernrietta leaves if I can but that will not prevent
my coming with Jennings should he return while she is away
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is not well to day –
I have suffered considerably with palpitation of the heart since
H— has been sick going up stairs often does not agree with me yet
I would have written yesterday but the whole afternoon was
consumed by calls – Elizabeth Choat is to be married tomorrow night
we all have invitations from Mr
Birth: 1799-01-06 Death: 1883-01-30
and Mrs Fitch
Birth: 1802 Death: 1866-07-16
to attend the
Ladies of our Church are wonderfully engaged in fitting up the
Mrs Alvah Worden


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[right Margin] parsonage for the reception of Mrs Croswell
Birth: 1806 Death: 1878-10-13
– The Mr Wills
Birth: 1796-11-20 Death: 1871-10-05

are about leaving Albany for Williamsport PennsylvaniaAnna

has bequeathed her canary bird to Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
– I should be tempted to
fill this sheet and enclose it in another but I must write to
Henry – Love to Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
– your own Sister –