Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 22, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 22, 1841



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 22, 1841

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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: mlb 

revision: crb 2017-11-03

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Monday Nov 22d
My dear Sister,
All day yesterday it was one "continual grind"
I was dissatisfied that I found no time to write to you –
or to Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
– I was much disappointed that Augustus did not
come on Saturday as we expected to make us a visit before
the close of the river – in his place came a letter saying
he had come to the conclusion not to come at all as it
would interfere with his studies and make him more
homesick on his return – He is a good boy, very punctual
about writing and writes much longer and better letters
than formerly – They are to have a vacation Christmas
of one week when he purposes coming home should the
river chance to lo remain open above West Point where
he can take the stage – Mary Seward
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29
came with her
Birth: 1791-09-18 Death: 1863-04-25
last Tuesday – Friday morning just as we were
making preparations to visit the Shakers Dr Doane
Birth: 1808-04-02 Death: 1852-01-27

made his appearance informing us that Mrs Doane
Birth: 1806-03-31 Death: 1887-06-28
at Congress Hall – Nicholas'
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
attention was immediately
turned to that point instead of Niskauna— Mrs Doane

[top Margin] I am sorry to say Clarence is to remain here – Mr Duffs
 Death: 1847-07-16
is abandoned entirely until Spring and Henry has before that decided that
it was an unsuitable place for Clarence – he
teases Willie so much that I am unwilling to have them together but
he has no other home and I ought not to object to his remaining
here – he says he would much rather go away to school –
Your own

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came – they remained with us until Saturday afternoon – Mrs
Doane appears to be a very good affectionate kind hearted
woman sufficiently clever to be agreeable without any
pretension to extraordinary ability – She talks with as much
precision and is just about as much affected with the
Phrenological mania as Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04Certainty: Possible
without her literary
information – of the sixth sense she is perfectly destitute –
The Dr you have seen — they came on purpose to see us & I
think enjoyed themselves very much – Mrs Doane was so
anxious to return to her children
x Birth: 1840-04-21  Death: 1875-06-27  Birth: 1834-10-08  Death: 1888-03-30 
that we could not
persuade them to stay until Monday – Yesterday Mary
and I went to Church in the morning and the remainder
of the day and evening we passed together in the parlour –
You know how much I wished to be communing with you –
Mary will remain until there is a prospect of the river
closing – Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
and Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29
came this morning
they with Uncle Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
dined with us – after dinner
all departed for their respective homes – and now at
ten oclock I am writing this letter – There is one advantage
in gentlemen's company you are not obliged to sit up with
them late at night – How often I have had occasion to remember
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your kindness in releaving me of this responsibility
last Winter – Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
went to New York last
Tuesday – returned here on F Saturday morning and left for
Auburn Sunday morning – I sent by him your cloak after much
difficulty in getting it completed – I think now the lining is
rather basted than sewed but it came in the night and I had
not an opportunity of examining it closely – Mc Clallen thought
he would have an opportunity to send it to you – You enquire
about Dr. Canfield
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
– The time having arrived for the reelection of
Governor by the Legislature the Council (or Senate) had an equal
number of Whigs and Loco Foco's which rendered a joint Ballot
impossible without the consent of some of the Loco Foco members
it was the intention of that party to let this election go by default
there being a majority of Whigs in the lower house they wer
sensible that Pennington
Birth: 1796-05-04 Death: 1862-02-16
would be reelected with a joint Ballot
preferred to have the President of the Council (or Lieutenant Gov
Birth: 1783-09-15 Death: 1863-08-30
act as Gov – for the next year — This plan Dr Canfield
defeated by voting for a joint Ballot thinly securing the
reelection of Gov Pennington – – Gen Scott's
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29
letter is certainly
as weak a production as his opponents could desire – for him–
self he is quite confident that he will be the next p President —
Mary informed us that Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
was married last September to
Sarah Finn
Birth: 1817 Death: 1883-04-17
, sister to Jane
Birth: 1812 Death: 1912
and Cornelia
Birth: 1822 Death: 1907
— he informed her at the same
time that he wrote to Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and his Grandfather
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
– They were married at
Jane Frasiers house – at Bath – when Augustus was on his was to Cin-
– he says they have been attached to each other since they
were children (that is smaller children than they are now) — Why it has
been kept secret and why they were married at this time is
still a matter of speculation – no explanation is given – Augustus told
Mary that that would never be known – I suppose some mystery is neces-
sary to render romantick the marriage of two cousins who have known
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each other from infancy – Augustus went to Florida on his return but I judge
from his Grandfathers letter their interview was not of the most satisfactory
kind – He passed through Albany without coming here – went to Bath
and with his cousin wife has gone to Westfield – without money and
without occupation – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
is not pleased – says he wanted some
new person for a sister not a cousin whom he has always known
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
continues well and fat – last night after we went to bed he enquired
where Aunty was – where Cousin Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
was and finally concluded with great
gravity with "I wish I could see cousin Frances–“ he also asked if Cousin
Frances had any candy a question which he frequently asks about his "good
nice brother" Augustus – thinking that the essential article in promoting
happiness – Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
is not very well though he attends school – his weakness
Mrs Alvah Worden


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[right Margin] of nerves distresses me – I am satisfied that his intercourse with one so
totally destitute of fine feeling and delicacy as Clarence gives him great
pain though he seldom complains – I am sometimes grieved by seeing
the tears running down his cheeks without knowing the cause—