Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 19, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 19, 1841



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 19, 1841

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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: Albany, NY

transcription: obm 

revision: tap 2017-07-05

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Tuesday night
My dearest Sister, I think you would laugh if you knew I
was commencing a new letter two hours after having dispatched
the one which has been completed this afternoon – but I
have a leisure hour and at such times always wish to
commune with those I love – It is between eight and nine
in the evening the guests are gathering for the supper which
is to be in readiness at nine – Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
is one of the members
and has just left the nursery – I have also withdrawn to
my own room dispairing of making Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
shut his little
eyes while I remained – Your letter came about an hour
ago I read it aloud to dear Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
who enters into the
spirit of all these things – it made us both wish that we
could have been with you and enjoyed the quiet Sunday
which you describe – but I must not think of that –
I heard that Charles Porter
Birth: 1826-01-18 Death: 1910-08-28
and his father
Birth: 1790-10-24 Death: 1874-02-03
had passed through
town on their way home – Debby


says that Charles is supposed
to have sold a watch which his Aunt Lee
Birth: 1803 Death: 1899-03-30
gave him to
supply himself with funds – I do hope his mother
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29
will try to
make his home a little more comfortable for him than she has done
heretofore as I am inclined to believe that was the cause of his
leaving them, and not the school –

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I have succeeded in getting my cards in readiness to send out but was sick
all last week – how much I have thought of you during the present
the printed cards are – “Mrs Seward at Home Feb 3 Wednesday —
Feb 3d at 8 oclock” — I will send you one if I can – these are all
to be enclosed in an envelope and directed — Sam has delivered all
to the ladies the young gentlemen and members remain to be done
I went to Troy yesterday to make some calls – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
, Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29
, and Gus
accompanied me – Tell Clara her boy and his new coat appear very well
we took tea at Mrs Boardmans
Birth: 1773-10-08 Death: 1846-03-02
Birth: 1810-12-05 Death: 1875-11-03
took Gus’ arm to go to tea and
I was surprised to see him behave just like any body else under similar
circumstances – I left my Troy cards with Maryann to distribute – She and
Miss Mary
are coming – Miss Mary improves — Young Elliot
has assisted me
very much about finding people – we were in the office yesterday
from 11 until 2 putting up cards — Sam is not very refractory –
how many thousand little occurrences I have to tell you which I cannot write
Jennings and “his Mary” are in New York again – They did not go to Arl
Richmond – I misunderstood his letter – Sam thinks they will be here this
week – I hope the upholster will complete those pillows first – The
room is nearly ready – The Auburn people
were all here to eat
oysters but Chedell
Birth: 1806-04-24 Death: 1875-06-19
– I invited him to dinner Monday but have not seen him
since We are to have 30 to supper tomorrow night – Love to
Clara and Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24

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Accompanying your letter was one from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
written from
Washington where he then was with his bride
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29
in a state of
beatitude – They seem to be attending parties there and entering
into all the gaieties of the place – They are at Gadsby’s where
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31
and Adeline
Birth: 1819-09-15 Death: 1892-06-16
are but Jennings says the ladies have not
exchanged calls ^except cards, they have been so occupied^ — I suppose they both have private tables – Anges
Birth: 1825

is with them and Jennings who is affected in the same way
was loves her exceedingly – thinks she will accompany
them to Albany but does not intimate when they will come – When
he wrote they were about setting off for Richmond — The ladies
it appears have spent some time in Washington before and
have numerous acquaintances – Do you know that all these
accounts invariably produce with me but one impression –
What would Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-25
say to it all this? is the question which
always proposes itself to my mind – I mentioned in a
letter to you or Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
some time ago that I had recovered the
lost dress after a long time – it came safely — I asked Worden
to night if he intended to go home soon – he replied – “Do not
ask me anything about it” – I forgot to mention in my other letter
that he very kindly sent me yours to read – it was such a
meek nice letter that it made me cry to read it – I hope
he will not take it unkindly that I did not offer him mine
received to night – Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
has gone to see David
Birth: 1823 Death: 1863
and his
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
has gone to the Eagle Tavern – Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
I have not
seen since dinner – Worden told me he took tea with the Lyman’s
Birth: 1813

at Congress Hall – Miss Spencer
appeared much better the other
day when she called than she did when we saw her last Winter
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
x Birth: 1823-07-05  Death: 1896-01-26  Birth: 1827-10-10  Death: 1889-02-10  Birth: 1820-12-10  Death: 1851-06-18  Birth: 1819-02-06  Death: 1893-11-01 
I am told are moving to day into their new house
it is one of the block in which Mrs Taylor
Birth: 1810 Death: 1866-05-17Certainty: Possible
lives at the corner
of Hudson and Hallenbake – The house is large and is said to
be handsomely finished – Weed purchased it of Mr Savage
Birth: 1779-02-22 Death: 1863-10-19

Mrs Taylor continues quite ill – not able to see any company
Sunday afternoon – Dear Sis – As I expected I have found no time until
now to continue my letter Fred wishes his to be sent immediately
so I will send this and commence another soon