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

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



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: meb 

revision: tap 2017-09-06

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Monday July 19th - 1841
My dear Sister,
Another week has gone by (they are shorter
than ever it seems to me). I can hardly tell what we have
been doing – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
does not come home yet – his last letter
says he will be here some time this week – he writes
frequently but despondingly – Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
appears to be in
Albany yet though he was to go home with his father
Birth: 1798-04-23 Death: 1875-09-04

yesterday – McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
went to New York the same
week that I came home and returned last Tuesday he
spent the Sabbath at our house Blatchford Bowan
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29
and Webb
Birth: 1802-02-08 Death: 1884-06-07

were there spending the day – He went to see Eliza Horner
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31

and Harriet Weed
Birth: 1819-02-06 Death: 1893-11-01
– Eliza said Ann
Birth: 1813 Death: 1873-04-29
was so much better
that she thought they should come to Auburn this week –
Harriet remained at home Works to the contrary notwithstanding
I have heard nothing more on that subject — Wednesday
morning Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
came along on his return
from New York where he had been on business for Mr Patterson
Birth: 1799-11-11 Death: 1879-10-15

he seemed to be traveling express and had hardly
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slept a night since he left Westfield the week previous
he left here the next morning – Said he saw Mary Seward
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29

while in New York that she was much depressed in spirits
and not well – He also staid one night at Florida where
he found both Mr
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
and Mrs
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
Seward sick – Mr Seward
thinks we have neglected him in not coming there this
Spring — My friends here have occupied so much of my
time with calls that I do not find much opportunity
to do any thing after dinner – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and I have
been out two evenings after tea one to Compstons
x Birth: 1800  Death: 1851-06-04  Birth: 1790  Death: 1850-04-03 

and one to Mrs Lucas
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
and Dr Burts
Birth: 1773-05-03 Death: 1859-02-03
– I also went
one afternoon to see Mrs Fosgate
 Death: 1848-03-10
who is very feeble but
not confined to the house – She had just returned from a
visit to poor Miss Stansbury
Birth: 1773 Death: 1841-07-23
who is a great sufferer
she is I should think in the last stages of dropsy – cannot
be moved without the assistance of 2 men – Mrs
Birth: 1806-02-11 Death: 1872-06-17
and George
Birth: 1793-04-12 Death: 1854-02-23
were at Mrs Lucas – we did not see her
alone – Miss Lord
Birth: 1798-08-26 Death: 1872-08-16
has gone home for an indefinite season
and taken Henrietta
Birth: 1834-12-16 Death: 1903-05-21
with her – Mrs Throops sister

has gone to the seminary to board where she could
have more room – They expect Enos
Birth: 1784-08-21 Death: 1874-11-01
and Montgomery
Birth: 1827-01-26 Death: 1892-09-11
I think some other person has received that appointment
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Wednesday afternoon we took tea with Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
took Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
with us to see the bird “our Dick”
as he called it — it
was my intention to send him immediately home but he persisted
in staying until after tea – Mrs Miller was so pleased with him
that she sent for him again Saturday – I think he will be more
of a visitor than my other boys – to day he said he wanted
to go to “Millers” again – Thomas Miller
Birth: 1817-07-09 Death: 1864-07-23
came round and spent
the evening there – we talked about Mr Lord
and Abolition
on both points we seemed to differ – Do you see the Argus and
what do they say on the former question – I see but one paper
the journal except two ‘Couriers’ sent from Albany teeming
with Webb’s
Birth: 1802-02-08 Death: 1884-06-07
indiscretion - most of the Whig press in New York I
perceive are opposed to the decision of the Supreme Court – I am
afraid Mr Webster
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24
has taken a wrong course but time will
determine – William Fosgate
Birth: 1812-04-03 Death: 1897-08-19
deigns no recognition but a stiff
bow on account of the injury he has sustained by the
fee bill — Henry is now engaged in a correspondence with the
Birth: 1793-07-09 Death: 1860-12-16
of Georgia respecting the stealing of a slave by a
white man of this State – Sam must have told you the
circumstances which are very vexatious — How do you get
along with Stephens
Birth: 1820 Death: 1895
Author: John L. Stephens Publisher: Harper & Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1841
– we are rather slow but very
much entertained – Those ruins which he discovered
certainly objects of interesting speculation – Clara thinks
he is very successful in finding women and children
sans clothes – Clara went Thursday with Mrs Muir
Birth: 1801-01-27 Death: 1864-01-08
to make
Mrs Clary
Birth: 1801-02-28 Death: 1875-08-03
a visit – Mrs Clarasent her wagon for them —
Yesterday we had Mr Croswell’s
Birth: 1807-11-07 Death: 1851-11-09
Birth: 1778-06-16 Death: 1858-03-13
to preach for us who has
a much better voice and upon the whole is a more agreeable
preacher than his son – It would be considered a sort of
sacrilege for me to advance this opinion here I suppose
where he is considered a sort of Divinity – rather a lazy one
I fancy – I have not seen his wife
Birth: 1808-02 Death: 1880-12-16
yet except in church —
Clara is not well – I am trying to persuade her to go to Can-
with Henry when he goes to Westfield but she
thinks it will be better to go first to Aunt Sally’s
Birth: 1782
and return by
the way of Canandaigua as she is not sure that she can go all
the way by stage – I am “afaid” as Willie says she will not
get started unless she goes with Henry, very soon — Willie
has much sport with the cats – he says Mrs Miller has
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an “ogle” (ugly) cat down stairs — I have waited a week for Clara
to go with me to see Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
, I shall make one more effort
to go to night – Miss Brown
is worse again I must go and
see her also – I have been interrupted by company until I am
obliged to close my letter in haste for the mail —
Your own sister
Mrs Alvah Worden
JUL 19


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