Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 12, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 12, 1843



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 12, 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: maf 

revision: tap 2018-07-17

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Sunday afternoon Nov 12th
My dear Sister
I have not waited for your letter
this time as I had a business matter in hand
Have you sent for Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20Certainty: Probable
and do you expect
her? – much to my disappointment Mary
Birth: 1819-11-24 Death: 1854-12-18

has come with Bill
Birth: 1806 Death: 1881-11-30Certainty: Possible
– The little Irish girl

who came while Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
was here suited me
so well that I feel very unwilling to make
the exchange – Mary is so far from home
that she must stay – so I must part with
Catherine and if you do not do better I
would recommend her to you – She is
much more tidy about her work than
they usually are a very obliging pleasant
disposition – I think might easily be
taught to do the cooking – she makes
good bread and washes and irons pretty
well – Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
has done most of our cooking
while I felt uncertain about Catherine staying
I have not tried to teach her – She can
do more work and is so much nicer than
Mary that I am rendered rather uncomfortable
by the necessity of parting with her – I was
very sorry that Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
wrote again for Mary
much that I heard of her in Orange Co
discouraged me about employing her
before I left there – she is not as agreeable as

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Your last letter came
just as mine was going to the office
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as Bill being one of those persons who never deign
a reply when you ask them to do any thing
leaving you in doubt whether you are heard
or understood – I presume her sojourn with
me will not exceed six months – she estimates
her services at 12 shillings a week– is a
very indifferent cook – I pay Catherine 10 oo
Let me know as soon as you can concerning
whether you want Catherine – as she will be
in haste to get a place somewhere soon
she has ascertained I cannot keep her all winter
What a long long winter we shall have – this
day has been so forbidding that I do not go to
church – Fred
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
went and reports a thin atten-
dance – I have seen Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
but once this
week – We went on Thursday to make some
calls in remote parts of the town where
we were obliged to visit – Mrs. N. Beardsley
Birth: 1815-03-06 Death: 1854-07-16

was not at home – she returned a few
days ago from CattskillMrs Throop
Birth: 1806-02-11 Death: 1872-06-17

had left her house and was abiding at
Michael Myers
Birth: 1801-04-15 Death: 1883-12-16
previous to her departure
for Detroit – she appeared to have wrought
herself into rather an uncomfortable frame
of mind about crossing the lakes – although
she is childishly pleased with the prospect
of a change of residence – Gov. Throop
Birth: 1784-08-21 Death: 1874-11-01

has returned to Owasco – I hear of him
in a rejuvenated state with the exception
of his hair and whiskers they being quite
white –
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At Mrs Goodwins’s
Birth: 1808-09-10
we found Theodore’s
Birth: 1810-03-30 Death: 1863-12-29
new wife
 Death: 1870

who is a very healthy looking personage f
very inferior in mind and manners to his
first wife
Birth: 1813-03-19 Death: 1849-09-27
– she is from PalmyraFrank
Birth: 1813-09-10 Death: 1886-08-11
his wife
Birth: 1819 Death: 1885-07-04
are keeping house – if Theodore has made –
his choice with a view to posterity I think
the chances are greatly in his favour –
I spent the whole of the day yesterday in reading
that wicked demoralizing work the “Mysteries of
 Publisher: Journal des Debats Place of Publication:Paris, France Date: 1842-1843
– Fred and I commenced it a few evenings
since I very soon ascertained that it was
an unsuitable book for a child, but had
become so much interested in the personages
represented that I found it difficult to throw
it aside – without ascertaining the dénouemen[ t ]


Reason: wax-seal

Eugene Sue
Birth: 1804-01-24 Death: 1857-08-03
is said to be a broken down roué
himself I presume his knowledge of much that
he relates is experimental – I do not think
it will improve the morals of community to have
these productions given to people at a price
so immoderate that they are unattainable to
none who wish to read them – I am surprised
that the work (although the writer has much talent)
is spoken of so highly by all the editors – The
Argus is the only paper in which I have seen
a disappointing notice and that was extracted from
an London paper – Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
came home from
Syracuse Thursday night – The Election news
was rather premature – I should like to know
what Henry Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
thinks of his prospects in this
Empire State – however I am in favor of him
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for the Candidate and would be glad to see him
successful independent of the success of the party
I have always thought his services entitled him
to the Presidency – not that I like his opinion with
regard to slavery but I like him in spite of this
and they all have many weaknesses –
My side troubles me again, so much, that I sent for the
Wednesday – I somewhat rebound but then
soreness remains– a long inspiration gives me much
What a falling off in the western counties since the days
of Antimasonry – Willie's
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes are better but still
inflamed I will try the calcareum alone a few
days longer and then the morphine – I have
a letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
who is well –

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Expect Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
this week – I have been preparing Clara’s
room for his occupation –
Mrs Alvah Worden
Nov 12


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