Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 20, 1843

  • Posted on: 15 October 2018
  • By: admin
Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 20, 1843



student editor


Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections


In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's persons.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "pla" point to place elements in the project's places.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's staff.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's bibl.xml authority file. verical-align: super; font-size: 12px; text-decoration: underline; text-decoration: line-through; color: red;

Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 20, 1843

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: lkw 

revision: crb 2018-07-09

Page 1

Monday morning
My dear Sister,
I meant to have written yesterday
but as I went to Church once and Abbey
twice I found no time Bishop DeLancy
Birth: 1797-10-08 Death: 1865-04-05

preached for us – I heard him only in the
morning I agree with you in thinking him
inferior to Dr. Hale
Birth: 1797-11-27 Death: 1863-07-15
— We have had three
days of the coldest of cold weather yesterday
was moderate or I should not have ventured
out — Henry Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
brought me the packets
the morning he returned – appeared much pleased
with his visit —Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
I am much obliged
to her for the beautiful cover I have put it
away carefully until her uncle
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
can afford
to get me a piano bench — At present he thinks
I had better sell the piano which I cannot
think of doing unless there was urgent necessity
Did Frances succeed in getting a frame for
her pretty screen? — Henry is going to Albany
this afternoon to decide upon a portrait painter
for the Common Council in N. York. It is really amusing
to read the pipe layers correspondence upon the
subject — Henry left it to them to decide upon
the merits of a painter — After making their
Page 2

intentions so publick that all the painters had exhibited
specimens (each of course thinking his own the best)
each believing himself the favoured candidate
they have unanimously come to the conclusion that
Henry had better decide for himself – no two being
able to agree upon the same man – and in truth
no one except Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29
giving a decided opinion
upon the claims or merits of any – It made
me think of the veto Message – Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-23 Death: 1875-09-04

is in favor of at least 3 – The artists
written to Henry themselves and their friends
also urged their claims, upon the whole it
has become a pretty complicated affair which
Henry thinks can be better arranged by his presence.
If it were Spring or warmer weather I should be
tempted to go along and get my tooth set which
I broke off two or three weeks ago – perhaps
it is well to stay at home and keep my
mouth shut – Little Harriet
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22
is so well
as to come down stairs again and eat I should
think 8 or 11 times a day – Willie's
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
are very bad but he has no symptoms of scarlet
fever – Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
is well – gone to school – he is
reading the Neighbors
Author: Fredrika Bremer Publisher: Harper & Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1853
for us – we think “bear
rather amusing – Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
sent it to me the New
World copy – he admires it very much because
his wife
Birth: 1797 Death: 1858-07-03
is not as accommodating as “bear’s” I suppose
I could not think of wearing out my eyes reading
that fine print –
Page 3

I am reading Miss Sedgwick’s
Birth: 1789-12-28 Death: 1867-07-31
 Publisher: Harper & Bros. Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1841
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
took Mrs
 Publisher: Murray Place of Publication:London Date: 1842
to himself directly he came and yesterday
came to me for the other volume – As the
of the Church insist upon my becoming
a member of their sewing society I think
of sending them Mrs Graves’
Author: Mrs. A. J. Graves Publisher: Harper & Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1842
sentiments on the
subject of female associations – I’d not think
they were ever beneficial when they are composed
of women who neglect their domestic affairs
to attend them — Women without families
like Mrs Miller
undoubtedly find them a relief
from ennui — it is a pity that their exceeding
benevolence will not allow them to let other
people alone — We hear that an amendment
has passed the Senate which will enable Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

to get his appointment – nothing official on
this subject – I did not write him that it was
doubtful – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
has concluded to remain
at Hopkinton until next Oct when he thinks
he will be prepared for College! precocious!
I believe Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
has thoughts of going to Mrs Millers
though she has not precisely told me so – Unless
Mrs Miller grows very amiable I fear she will not
find her new home very agreeable – We have
in our Museum a series of Dickens'
Author: Charles Dickens Publisher: Sheldon and Company Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1862
from Blackwood

Editorial Note

Martin Chuzzlewit was serialized from December 1842 through July 1844 and the full book was then published in 1844.

which is extremely happy – if you have not do
read it – I do not think Gurnee
Birth: 1807-10-01 Death: 1863-12-10
and Adeline
Birth: 1809

will come to see you, I have been so strongly
impressed with the belief that they were coming in this
direction – also Harry
Birth: 1797-10-18 Death: 1873-10-24
& Rhoda
Birth: 1800-07-24 Death: 1884-10-01
about the same
Page 4

Willie’s candy was just the thing – it lasted until yes-
terday – He came up this morning when he heard
his father was going to Albany to enquire if there would
be “room for me and Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
”– he says he wishes to
go and see Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
– wants to know when
Nicholas will have a carriage and horses again –
Catherine Beardsley
Birth: 1818-07-22 Death: 1896-03-03
little girl
Birth: 1842 Death: 1908-05-10Certainty: Possible
is still suffering from
the effect of scarlet fever – her tonsils are enlarged
and have been subjected to an operation–
Mrs Alvah Wooden
Auburn N.Y.
FEB 20


Type: postmark