Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 10, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 10, 1842



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 10, 1842

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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: nwh 

revision: crb 2017-11-07

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Sunday evening –
My dear Sister,
Your letter came this morning at
the accustomed time – I am glad to hear you progress
in the house cleaning – I have not commenced yet
am waiting until the adjournment of the Legislature
until which time I cannot feel secure against parties
last Wednesday the last came off which was a
convocation of the Whigs to consider the veto of the
State Printers Bill – Tuesday evening we attended
a party at Mrs Taylors
Birth: 1810 Death: 1866-05-17Certainty: Possible
which was rather more
agreeable than that social visit which must
still be fresh in your recollection – Monday
Mrs J.B. Yates
called here she is quite rejuvenated
and likes to hear of her numerous admirers–
she enquired particularly about you – Wednesday
old Mr Wadsworth
Birth: 1768-04-20 Death: 1844-07-07
, of Geneseo, and his daughter
Birth: 1815 Death: 1851

were here – she came particularly to see Mr Ruggles
Birth: 1789-02-10 Death: 1865-06-16Certainty: Probable

picture – she is agreeable and intelligent – not pretty
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Thursday Mr Brown
dined with us, he was to leave
that afternoon having awaited the fate of the
Erie Railroad – it rained all of that day and most
of the next – Friday Mr Ruggles came to breakfast
and spent the day – for the first time I heard him
talk about something besides internal improvements –
He was very eloquent in his commendation of Miss
Wadsworth whom he admires exceedingly and insisted
upon my telling him that she admired the picture for
which she certainly manifested very little enthusiasm
I could not recollect one thing that she said of
a laudatory nature – however he seemed to think this
altogether impossible – Yesterday I went to call upon
the ladies who leave town this week – I made a
few other visits which I always have on a list
ready – The principal subject of discussion was the
appearance of the bride Mrs McIntyre
Birth: 1821 Death: 1879-06-15
(Miss Bradford)
who was married last Monday evening and immediately
took possession of an elegant house in Clinton Square
handsomely furnished by the groom
Birth: 1815
, where they receive
visits – you know how all important these affairs
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are to women in general – I am quite weary listening to the
details – I will say one thing in their favour I have never
heard one illnatured observation made by any of them – it
is certainly better to be goodnatured even in trifling than
malicious – Then there is another inexhaustable theme –
William Van Rensselaer's
Birth: 1794-04-10 Death: 1855-11-09
splendid mansion over the river
it appears the height of all ambition to be able to converse
knowingly on this subject of course it is peculiarly in –
teresting to me who nothing never anticipates the arrival
of a time when I shall be overpowered by the exhibition of so
much magnificence – What a stupid thing it is that
so many people are willing parasites so long as the rich
court their homage – Mrs Horner
Birth: 1813 Death: 1873-04-29
and James
Birth: 1804 Death: 1874-06-12
were at the
party – they seem to make very little account of Mrs Bronsons's
Yesterday afternoon Uncle Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
came and took tea with us
the veto has had the good effect to keep him in office a while
longer – Mrs Cary
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
is very happy that she has her son
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01

at home for the summer – Monday morning – I wrote until
my eyes ached last night and this morning have risen with
a pleasant headache – the sun shines so brightly that
I am not at all inclined to be sick to day – We all
went to church yesterday Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and I to Dr Spragues
Birth: 1795-10-16 Death: 1876-05-07

Mr Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
and Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
to Dr Welsh
Birth: 1794 Death: 1870
and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

to St Peters – To day I propose getting me a straw hat
they are worn very much the same from that they
were last summer and about as large if any difference
not quite so deep at the ears– I think Augustus
will go tomorrow or the next day – I shall send money
by him to you to come down – I hope you will come
if any thing should present I shall direct Augustus to go
and see you – I am afraid he does not enjoy his
vacation much he feels the want of occupation –
I have heard nothing from Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
since I wrote – I presume
she is very busy — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and the birds all go out
to take the air and enjoy the sunshine – Bob
 Death: 1844-01-25
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to sing beautifully – Jenny
 Death: 1843-06-24
is making a nest in which I presume
she intends to deposit some eggs – as for Dick we were
obliged to put him in a cage by himself he insisted upon
pulling the nest to pieces as soon as it was made
Augustus thinks he will go on Wednesday – he seems so averse
to traveling that I have some doubt about his going
any further than Auburn – if you do not go
let me know – The Legislature adjourns tomorrow
I hope Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
is by this time quite well – I am afraid
if you go without her you will not enjoy your
Mrs Alvah Worden
Paid W.H.S.


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Paid W.H.S

[right Margin] visit much – your own Sister