Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 8, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 8, 1842



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 8, 1842

action: sent

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: srr 

revision: crb 2017-07-06

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Wednesday afternoon –
My dearest Sister
I received your letter this morning
– am very glad to hear that you have a maid
some kind – You will be surprised to hear that
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
leaves tomorrow of or the next day to keep
house – McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
hired a small house last week
on the street upon which Mr Wright
Birth: 1806-03-18 Death: 1897-02-24Certainty: Possible
lived – He does not feel inclined to wait even
a day — The house has been whitewashed and
the wood is ready drawn – to day he is putting
up a stove – tomorrow Clara and Mary
cleaning – The house contains three small rooms
on the first floor and 2 on the 2d — It is rather
smaller than they wish but is only hired for 6 months
when he thinks he shall be able to suit himself
better – I am very lonely already in anticipation
I told Clara I believed I should not have come home
so soon had I known that she would leave me
immediately –
Page 2

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
does not come home yet – he was quite sick with
a swollen face S Monday – I have no letter to day
Sam Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
and Greeley
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29
were there – Greeley
has sent me a printed sheet sheet of his fugitive poetry
I will send it to you – I am glad that you for
one enjoy this cold weather – it is so unpleasant to
me that I have been out very little except to
Church on Sunday – Every body looked very much
as they did at this time last summer – I believe
I sport the only cape which has been seen in these parts
Birth: 1807-11-07 Death: 1851-11-09
looked fat and preached drawlingy making
one regret the Potters
x Birth: 1803  Death: 1887-01-02  Birth: 1800-07-06  Death: 1865-07-04 
exceedingly – Mrs Croswell
Birth: 1808-02 Death: 1880-12-16

has a young daughter
– also Mrs Murphy
— You
have probably heard of the death of Mrs William Wood
Birth: 1807 Death: 1842-06-06

she was on a visit near Buffalo – The
Unknown were
sent for last Monday she must have died before they
reached there – Mary Wood
Birth: 1798-10-06 Death: 1839-02-20
wife) accompanied the
children to Buffalo – Duffy
went as far as the bridge
but finding Mary there returned – Mrs Wood died
of Billious fever – was ill but a short time – William
Birth: 1800 Death: 1863-02-23

was with her –
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Dont you think Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
left the arsenic where poor Jenny the
deer ate it – she was very sick but is better and Henry
thinks will recover — Jenny
 Death: 1843-06-24
the bird does not sit upon
her four new eggs but seems to keep them for show –
Col. Webb
Birth: 1802-02-08 Death: 1884-06-07
has been at Albany with his daughters
x Birth: 1830-12-14  Death: 1918-12-04  Birth: 1827-11-30  Death: 1896-10-03 
on his
way to TroyMr Wickliffe
Birth: 1788-06-06 Death: 1869-10-31
the Post Master General
and daughter
have gone to Boston – We should have been poorly
occupied waiting to receive Dickens
Birth: 1812-02-07 Death: 1870-06-09
— he sailed on the 7th Henry
declined an invitation to join a party to see him on board the
steamer – Mrs Spencer
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10
is blessed with elastic feelings if she
can so soon have become indifferent to the conduct of her son
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01

Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
says he wishes he could go to Canandaigua – he is
the busiest little fellow imaginable – Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
commenced going
to school Monday morning – he thinks Mr Hopkins
Birth: 1786-04-25 Death: 1862-06-27
does not compare
well with Mr Parsons
Mrs Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
came to see me the evening
previous to her leaving for Waterloo where she is to stay 2 weeks
she talked about her neighbours and hired girls – I am enjoying
quite a respite from company which is the more agreeable as I
am far from well – I still suffer with nausea though much less
than when at Albany – Monday I was laid one side with
headache – Maria is the only maid I am able to find
yet, I think we shall get along rather slowly — John
is a stupid
creature not half the help about house that Peter
Certainty: Probable
was – I am glad
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
has been gratified with a long horseback ride I remember
how happy it would have made me at her age –
Page 4

I will hurry through with “Hammond”
Author: Jabez D. Hammond Publisher: Privately printed Place of Publication:Albany, NY Date: 1842
and send him by the first opportunity
the 2d volume
Author: Jabez D. Hammond Publisher: Privately printed Place of Publication:Albany, NY Date: 1842
has arrived – I have sent the silk but intimated that
it was rather unimportant – Emily Weed
Birth: 1827-10-10 Death: 1889-02-10
is better she has
been very ill – Cora
has had a fit they were afraid of hydropho-
bia and confined her – unnecessarily I think – Sam says
Mary Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11Certainty: Possible
went to call upon Mrs Capt Canfield
Birth: 1805 Death: 1839-01-04
in N.
who informed her that the Dr
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
was to marry
Miss Lincoln
Birth: 1815-07-01 Death: 1904-10-31
without the approbation of her parent – though
no violent opposition was offered – I presume we shall
hear nothing on the subject from the Dr – Clara
and the boys
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
send love – Willie asked if Abbey
make butter after Aunt Clary went away — Clara is
deep in straw and feather baskets – churns jars &c
Mrs Alvah Worden


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[right Margin] The tulips are succeeded by lilies and peonys which are very
pretty – the oleanders are sprouting – your own sister

Editorial Note

Written upside down
I have a letter from Gus to day none
from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
yet –