Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette MilLer Worden, October 3, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette MilLer Worden, October 3, 1842



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette MilLer Worden, October 3, 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: ahf 

revision: tap 2017-10-25

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Monday afternoon
My dear Sister,
Your letter by Mrs Sanburne
Birth: 1763-02-13 Death: 1856-11-03
came this morning
I will go and see her tomorrow and try to have her spend a day
with me before Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
leaves– Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
went to N. York Thursday
afternoon as soon as he had concluded his address and eaten his
dinner– The address was excellent– but, half the people did
not hear it– he had not spoken in the Assembly room before
and was not aware of the difference between that and the Senate
or he could very easily have spoken louder— I hope it will be
published that you may read it– Mother & I went to hear
it– she was sick in consequence two days– there were
very few ladies present– Mrs Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
Birth: 1800 Death: 1851-06-04
and Debby


that I recognized— They all visited me last Wednesday
with Mrs Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
– Mrs Dill was to have gone home Saturday
but is here yet– I spent Saturday evening there– My Son
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

went with me as far as the door– I took his arm, he is
taller than myself and we were a very respectable looking
couple– He came home early Saturday morning his birth
day– I was very glad to see him– I am sorry to say
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he is still fully determined to go to the Point – if I will consent–
I do not think it wise any longer to oppose it as his father and
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
are both with him– He is a good boy now
I must trust in God to shield him from danger and temptation
His studies seem to occupy his mind entirely– he thinks if
he can get a good French teacher that he can stay at home
two months instead of one– his chief fear now is that he
cannot get the appointment– Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is still here and I think
will remain until Augustus can go home with him— which
may be the last of this week or the first of next– Henry is
to return tomorrow and bring Mary Seward
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29
with him– on which
occasion Carlin
Birth: 1813-06-15 Death: 1891-04-23
and H. Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
will be obliged to occupy
one bed– I hope they will agree better than Frank
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
did— Carlin grows more and more interesting– In
many things he resembles Frankenstein
Birth: 1817-12-19 Death: 1881-04-16
– has all of his
enthusiasm and more energy and ambition– We have long
talks on paper– I shall keep as much as I can of these notes
for you— He has discovered all of Freds
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
peculiar traits of character
by his face– is a physiognomist and generally judges with
great accuracy– I do wish you could see him I know you
would think as I do though no one else seems to think
him as extraordinary— He has without exception the finest dark
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eyes I have ever seen which has all manner of expressions— I wish
he could succeed in taking his own likeness– he has made three
attempts for me but does not succeed in getting the ex-
pression– He is painting Hes two more Fred’s one for Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
one for Sam– Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
went to see them yesterday when
he began to cry saying he wanted “a portrait”– I asked him
who it should look like– he answered First “Weed” but upon
reflection concluded he would have “Willie”– Dear little boy
his eyes are better again but I fear only temporarily– I sent for Dr
Birth: 1806-10-28 Death: 1895-02-24
the other day ostensibly on my own account but especially
to consult him about Willie– He has written to Dr Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
to know
what medicine he has given him – thinks his eyes can be relieved
but not immediately — I like Dr Ward very much – Tuesday
morning – I went yesterday afternoon with the Horners
Birth: 1804 Death: 1874-06-12
Birth: 1804 Death: 1866
to take tea with Mrs Winslow
Birth: 1813-08-20 Death: 1861-12-09
who lives two miles this side of Troy
As they went in the early part of the day and I not until 4
oclock I took Henry Underwood and Fred for company – Augustus
and Carlin [ decl ]


Reason: hole
ined — We had a pleasant drive and a pleasant visit
that is my [ head ]


Reason: hole
did not ache for a marvel– Mary Ann Dill
rode home wi[ th us ]


Reason: hole
– Debby has come out in a new character
talks politics which by the way every body seems to think is the mo[ st ]


Reason: hole

agreeable subject to me— I think George
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02
will quell her when
he comes for she does not shine particularly in this new
attempt– Mrs Dill is very agreeable in her manners— were her
mind a little more cultivated she would be a very interesting
woman– not deficient in ability, but then John is her husband
under those circumstances it would not be well to be very wise
They have prolonged their visit another day– Maryann thinks
she cannot stay any longer from her children– she left them with
Birth: 1821-11-30 Death: 1893-09-13
– I was nine oclock when we reached home being detained
at the Ferry– Pa returned about the same time from a visit to
Mrs Cott
– Augustus had eaten a quantity of raw oysters and gone to
bed– Mother was sitting up with her meek face waiting for us.
Carlin was pacing his room after his usual manner when not
engaged in reading or painting– I believe he will think himself crazy
one of these days – he was reading Johnsons
Birth: 1709-09-07 Death: 1784-12-13
Author: Samuel Johnson Publisher: Carey and Hart Place of Publication:Philadelphia, PA Date: 1842
and pointed to me
the a passage when Johnson remarks that solitude always has
the effect to make people intemperate or mad– and then with his
peculiar expression put his hand on his forehead– Mr Weed
has returned from N. York this morning and says Henry will not
come home until Thursday– is it not vexatious– I can do nothing
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more until he comes Mary has made him visit– Mother remains
until the first of next week when Polydore
Birth: 1799 Death: 1872-04-23
is to come for her–
I am going to the store this morning and will see Mrs
Sanburn if my head does not ache harder than it
does now–
Mrs Bradish
Birth: 1803 Death: 1868
has been bitten by a dog– not mad– though very anxiously
he was killed immediately– The L.G. says they had a post mortem
examination in which it was unquestionably proved that there were
no symptoms of hydrophobia— Your own
Mrs Alvah Worden


Type: postmark

Paid W.H.S.

[right Margin]
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
was here Friday night – Was to go down the river the next day
Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that “Cardinals” or [ “Mantiletts” ]

Alternate Text

Alternate Text: mantelets
are all the fashion– I do not
know that they differ materially, except the Cardinals are a little larger
They are very short cloaks or very large capes– cut bias and
hang nearly strait ^at the top^ like the round capes we used to wear– made of black
silk satin or velvet– I have seen but two of light silk– not pretty
trimming either fringe or lace– I will get a pattern if she wishes
they are very generally becoming—