Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 8, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 8, 1843



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 8, 1843

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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: axa 

revision: crb 2018-03-02

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Sunday morning Jan 8th
My dear Sister,
I have tried in vain the last two
days to get time to write you a letter – Thursday
night dear Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
came home in company with H
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
, Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
& Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
– we had been expecting
them since Monday – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
had been up every night
until 12 or 1 oclock – that night we had covered the
fire and I was in bed when the street door bell
rang – not having heard from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
during the week
I had no doubt that they would all come together
but he was unable to leave before Saturday – Harriet
and Nicholas were to come on Monday but were prevented
by a heavy fall of snow which obstructed the passage
on the rail road – I was glad they did not come the
weather was so cold I am afraid ^sure^ they would ^have^ frozen
as it was the weather had so moderated that they
came very comfortably – Fred is well and happy
to be at home – I need not say that his mother is equaly

[top Margin] I have a letter from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
– he sends his love to you – says
he shall not write again as you do not answer his letters —
I agree with you in thinking the testimony does not prove the necessity
of Spencers
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01
execution – I never thought it right — McKensie
Birth: 1803-04-06 Death: 1848-09-13

appears to me to be a very weak man – I dislike his

[bottom Margin]

Editorial Note

Crosshatch writing
cant about religion – he is evidently a mean man – I
presume there is no doubt of his acquittal – Greely
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29
to have h it very much at heart – I am provoked
with him for it — I am told fears are entertained
that Mr Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
will become insane — I wonder that
he is not already – I think if McKensie could
have been sure of having day light all the way home he
would not have hanged those men
x Birth:   Death: 1842-12-01  Birth:   Death: 1842-12-01 
– he seems afraid
of the dark —

[left Margin] Maria
has a daughter
– is very well —

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Last night Henry came – our house is now pretty well
filled particularly the kitchen department – Henry is very
well, in fine spirits – more free from care apparently
than he has been in four years – he spent the last week
he remained in the city making visits innumerable
the last day dined at two places and took a
parting supper with his friends
– upon the whole I
think the termination of his official career is vastly
more desirable than the commencement –Tomorrow
the nursery is to be converted into a study or library
the cases for the minerals have come and are very pretty
they are to be in the library – his office for the
transaction of business will be probably in the exchange
buildings – Clara thinks if her boy
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
were here we should be
a very happy family – dear Gus – I had a letter from him
yesterday written New Years day – he had never received
mine which I wrote a fortnight ago on the subject
of his going or rather not going to West Point so that
I still feel that question to be in a measure unsettled – I
must write to him again to day – I received your
letter Wednesday – Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
must have pleasant recollections
Page 3

of the Holidays – The ladies
here have had two fairs in the
course of the last fortnight – the first was was “got up” by
Mrs E Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
for the benefit of a clergyman
who was educated
in the Seminary – and wanted $125 – I do not know why Mrs
Hills was interested – probably the love of display was the activating
principle –Well Mrs Hills being rather unpopular and the
object of the fair rather questionable, it did not take – her
supporters were chiefly those of her own church and even there
unanimity did not prevail – The town hall was decorated
a band sent for to Seneca Fall &c &c – still the attendance
was thin or the contributions small the $125 was not
collected – I believe there was a deficiency of 10 or 12 dollars
with which the said clergymans family
were extremely dis-
satisfied – In the mean time a number of women
from the
other Churches set in motion preparations for another fair for
the “Benefit of the poor” – the opposition made it exceedingly
popular and every body went – some pulled down the decor-
ations which had been previously used as unworthy – new greens
were procured — some carried lamps, some pictures, a
notice appeared inviting all to send contributions to the
town hall – Mr Croswell
Birth: 1807-11-07 Death: 1851-11-09
read the notice last Sunday in
Church – under protest however as he said it must not
be inferred from his so doing that he approved of that way
of collecting money for the poor – I thought it a very sensible
remark – was a little surprised at his courage in opposing
so strong a but when I spoke my sentiments I was
warmly opposed to by Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
who seemed to think the chief merit
of the fair to be the opposition to Mrs Hills and the seminary
student — ‘Croswell had no business to say any thing about it –’ so I
was put down – Mr Lathrop
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-08-20
advised all his congregation to go, &
they did so – the house was crowded – they are said to have taken
between 3 and 4 hundred dollars — I hope the poor will receive it
but I prefer being my own almoner – The fair will long be talked
of as one of the purely benevolent projects of the day – the spirit
which produced it is swallowed up in the success – it is the
way of the world —
Page 4

Harriet and Nicholas did not move their furniture from which
I infer they think of returning – They would I presume stay with
us if they thought it agreeable to all the family but Pa has his
usual fancies – nothing is decided yet – they go to Cayuga
tomorrow — I could not be persuaded to part with them
on any grounds were it not for little Harriet
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22
who is a deal
of trouble — and we have so many other children
Unknown Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 

There is much gossip about the new administration but I cannot
write it – the recommendation of the Gov.
Birth: 1786-01-07 Death: 1859-04-19
to repeal the
law granting slaves a trial by jury has arranged all the
coloured population against him — York
Birth: 1811 Death: 1882-07-06
& Hetty

[right Margin] are there – the men
were given a New Years cake a piece – the boys

were not allowed any but were kept out of the yard by a man

with a club! I approve of giving nothing except to the boys
that I think very suitable —
Mrs Alvah Worden


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