Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 24, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 24, 1842



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 24, 1842

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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: srr 

revision: crb 2017-07-07

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Sunday July 24th
My dear Sister,
I am much obliged for you long en-
tertaining letter but would rather have seen you in person
the truth is we expected you considerably every cool day
last week until your letter came – Some days have
been so hot that I know it was impossible – The
weeks slip along very rapidly as they always do in the
Summer — Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
is to come home this week – I shall
expect him Thursday the day after Commencement
I presume he will stay but a short time he has so much
to accomplish before the 18th of August – he had been
quite unwell for two or three days when he wrote last –
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
had gone to N. York to get some advice about
his leg which has become very troublesome again
We went up to see Mrs Horner
Birth: 1813 Death: 1873-04-29
Monday evening
found them just setting off for Geneva preferring to
travel in the night such hot weather – Mr
Birth: 1810-11-10 Death: 1892-03-10Certainty: Possible
Mrs Winslow
Birth: 1813-08-20 Death: 1861-12-09Certainty: Possible
were to meet them at Geneva
all to go on to Blossburg together — James
Birth: 1804 Death: 1874-06-12

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is going as far as Chicago – Ann was undecided
about accompanying him the whole distance – The
little girls
x Birth: 1834  Death: 1900-02-05  Birth: 1833  Death:  
were left with Grandmother
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
& Aunt Eliza
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31

I have seen Mrs Horner but a few moments and heard very
little of Albany – Thursday I went alone to
make some visits – called at Mrs Pitney’s
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05-06
Mrs Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22Certainty: Probable

and Serenes
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
– saw none of them – Serene had gone to
Judge Richardsons
Birth: 1776-06-05 Death: 1853-04Certainty: Possible
to tea – Mrs Porter
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29
I found at home
in her new house – I was taken into the wing which
seems to be used as a sitting room – the parlours
I did not see – The house is a very pleasant place
for summer but I should think there were too many
outside doors for comfort in the winter – Mrs Porter
enjoys much better health than she has done for some years
all of which she imputes to the homeopathy practice –
Last evening we were invited to spend the evening with
Serene at Mrs. Porters but as Prof. Bronson’s
Birth: 1800-05-23 Death: 1866-06-12
first lecture
was to come off at the same time we went to hear
that – I suppose you have heard of Prof. Bronson – His
lectures have been much talked of in Albany & N.
York – They are called lectures upon Elocution but
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from the specimen in the Introductory I should judge
they comprised much more than the term usually
implies – Physiology, mutual and moral philosophy
each meet their share of attention – Then the ‘manikin’
is calculated to attract the curious who prefer seeing
to hearing – Upon the whole I think ^there is^ much ^which^ promises
to be very useful, particularly to those who have the education
of children to superintend –  I shall attend the course – take
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
with me when he will go – wont you come and go
too — Prof. Bronson is also to have a private class or
classes with whom he performs many wonderful things – cures
stammering or any impediment in the speech, restores ladies
to health and their bodies to their natural sp shape who have
injured themselves by tight lacing relieves public speakers
of Bronchitis and affections of the lungs etc etc —
He says “if intemperance has slain its thousands, tight lacing has
slain its tens of thousands” — After the lecture at half past
9 McCallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
and I went to Mrs Porters – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
would not go –
Serene was still there and stayed until half past ten –
To day it has rained so that none of us have been to church
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes have been badly inflamed but are now better
Fred and John
Birth: 1790-10-24 Death: 1874-02-03Certainty: Possible
went to the Owasco lake yesterday afternoon
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Fred is sick today in consequence – I have read
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24
letter and like it much – “Night and Morning”
 Publisher: Saunders and Otley Place of Publication:London Date: 1841
such a palpable falling off that I have not attempted any
thing of Bulwer
Birth: 1803-05-25 Death: 1873-01-18
since – That part of Whittlesy’s
Birth: 1799-06-12 Death: 1851-09-19
relating to Temperance was excellent – I only read extracts –
The ladies in Canandaigua perhaps have not ascertained that the
elite of N. York do not make morning visits after the
1st of June – I think it would promote your comfort to have
them continue their imitation throughout – Miss Martin
Birth: 1822-02-14 Death: 1907-11-28Certainty: Possible

probably laughed to think Mrs Roberts
 Death: 1889Certainty: Possible
could be guilty of the absurdity
of thinking any one more “genteel” than herself (Miss M) —
Mrs Alvah Worden


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[right Margin] Clara still insists upon your coming first – she says it will
not be possible for her to leave home this week – Chemises are
very fine – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
went to Boston for the 4th – he
continues pleased with his school – Love to Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24

your own sister