Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 28, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 28, 1843



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 28, 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: mlb 

revision: crb 2018-07-10

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Sunday May 29th
My dear Sister,
I have been much troubled about you
since your letter came— I was afraid before it came
that you were ill— how much I regret that you
could not have had a homoeopathic physician— I think
you would have been relieved with much less suffering
but the old school can give nothing but opium in some
form for any affection of the nerves and Dr Cheney
Birth: 1794-07-30 Death: 1864-11-11

I presume did as well as any of them— I shall
feel uneasy about you until I hear you are quite
restored— I have no doubt now that the pain in your
hip which so much alarmed us after you had the
measles was the same disease but at that time
neuralgia was little understood by the physicians
here— Dear Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
, left us early Friday morning
he was in pretty good spirits though it was evident
he felt that he was leaving home for a long time—
He was to go directly to N. York to have his teeth filled
from there to West Point— I resign him to the care
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of One who is ever watchful; sensible that unavailing
repining would be ingratitude to Him who has blessed
me with a child so eminently good, I endeavour to
be cheerful under this separation— Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
did not
return until last evening, and half an hour later came
Mr Harding
Birth: 1792-09-01 Death: 1866-04-01
, so I have seen nothing of him— He is
much better than when he left home— Mr Harding
wishes another sitting for the picture— he is then to go
to Seneca falls to paint Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
Mr Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
very ill two days last week and very sure that he would
die but as Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
& Julia
Birth: 1811-08-26 Death: 1847-07-24
were not alarmed I was not
he is now able to come down stairs again— Mother con-
tinues very feeble— Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is to leave us this week which
will increase my feeling of loneliness– I intend this
afternoon to go and see the house— she says it is very
pleasant and convenient— Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
has been busy
all the week superintending repairs and cleaning— Mr
Birth: 1800-03-06 Death: 1880-05-01
the man of whom it is rented is very accommodating
has had two rooms painted one papered and all the
others white washed— Maria
and the baby
are to go
with Clara— I have said nothing to Maria about
going to you for I could not advise her to
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leave her child which is only (not quite) 5 months old and
I presume you would not wish an addition of that
kind to your family— She has been working for us by the
day last week— That intolerable Irish girl
, at my
suggestion left us last Wednesday— I expect another

tomorrow— Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
makes herself very useful and is
my chief dependence— Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
continues better
his eyes now are nearly as well as they were when
you were here last November— he walks out when
the sun is not bright with his cap without any
shade— he is a happy little fellow— full of mirth and
playfulness— within a day or two a white spot has
made its appearance upon the pupil of his eye the
same as he had in Albany— it was then said by
Dr Williams
Birth: 1784-09-19 Death: 1870-12-08
to be a collection of Lymph and was
dispersed by purgatives– I shall consult Dr
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
tomorrow— The Dr put up ten little
vials of medicine for Augustus and wrote directions
for their use— I have a box but we would get no
book here and Augustus did not think it necessary
for him to take a whole box– I have seen no
one since I wrote except Mrs Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
and Mrs Porter
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29

Mrs Porter goes to N. York for furniture this week—
I cannot tell f Fan
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
any thing about the sleeves— tight
sleeves were very little worn in N. York last summer
as they seem unsuitable for summer dresses— before
I went below I heard that those loose sleeves were fash-
ionable but I did not see one— I do not think them
appropriate for any thing but evening dresses but I may be
wrong— I think a small bishop the most becoming and
quite as much in vogue in the cities as any other
Our Church affords any thing but models of fashion—
Next week I commence house cleaning again on a
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more extensive scale— I see by a letter from Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
that he
sails for Europe in about 10 days— Mr Harding says
he shall not be able to go with him—
I wish you could see our tulips the varieties are beautiful
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has painted a leaf of each he has 20 different
kinds but I do not think all— The rain has
improved the appearance of every thing–
Mrs Alvah Worden
MAY 29


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[right Margin] Uncle Ezra
Birth: 1790-05-28 Death: 1856-05-10
was one of the Jury at OvidHenry
Birth: 1797-10-18 Death: 1873-10-24
and Ez Scholey
Birth: 1806-05-23 Death: 1850-05-23

Birth: 1807-10-01 Death: 1863-12-10
x Birth: 1827  Death: 1902-06-23  Birth: 1796  Death: 1877 
and many other Romulus people were there –
Henry's seduction cause did was not tried –