Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 21, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 21, 1845



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 21, 1845

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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: smc 

revision: crb 2018-03-12

Page 1

Wednesday May 21st
My dear sister,
I was beginning to feel anxious about
my dear little boy
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
when your letter came to
allay my fears. As soon Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
comes home I
will make some arrangements for Willie to return
if Henry should not be going west himself
I will send Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
– Although I have a high
opinion of Horace Cook
Birth: 1822-07-22 Death: 1897-05-28
I cannot consent to have
him Willie to come with him– he was very
kind to propose it but his time is necessarily
much occupied and Willie you know is
so curious that he requires constant watchfulness
I am looking for Henry every train of cars his
last letter led me to suppose he would be here
by this time though it was written previous to
his visit to his father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
– He was there at the
Astor House awaiting his first cause – had seen
Mrs Samuel Blatchford
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
– says she is “intelligent
independent and refined”– Debby


has been
here all the morning– she came for those shirts
for the society and insisted upon cutting them
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of course I have all the news – you may have heard of the
death of Dr Briggs
Birth: 1807-12-05 Death: 1888-04-24
little girl
Birth: 1840-07-29 Death: 1845-05-17
– she was buried Tuesday
died in a fit two days previous – she has had
the fever and ague and probably has taken quinine
to check the disease with the same effect that
it had upon Willie – this however is only my own
surmise – Debby said she had her taking a little
medicine for the fever and ague but did not know
what – of course I did not mention my suspicions
to her – she says Maryann
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
is very much afflicted
and Dr Briggs is said to be nearly deranged
Mrs George Underwood
Birth: 1817-08-07 Death: 1900-07-15
has a son
Birth: 1845-05-21 Death: 1847-11-10
Miss Pratt
been to Aurora with Mary Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
– some people
think she is to marry Henry Morgan
– Mary Morgan
is the whole time at Mrs Underwoods– Dr Pitney
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
the physician — Aunty Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
is very sick with
inflammatory rheumatism — Mrs Barton
Birth: 1807 Death: 1842-11-14
she thinks Ann
Birth: 1831-05-15 Death: 1921
is well enough, she eats like
a person in good health – Mrs Porter
looks very
well and handsome — Mr
Birth: 1819-11-13 Death: 1895-01-16
and Mrs Cox
Birth: 1819 Death: 1868-03-25
housekeeping as soon as the parsonage is ready —
Sara Wood
Birth: 1838-03-06 Death: 1915-02-28
says she does not care if Mrs
Seward is afraid to have any body pattern after
her chair– she has had one made by some other
pattern– Mrs Compston
Birth: 1800 Death: 1851-06-04
doesn’t like Mrs Miller

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because Mrs Miller said to Ann
Birth: 1813 Death: 1873-04-29
and Ann told somebody
else that she thought Mrs Compston dressed a great deal
since Mr Compston
Birth: 1790 Death: 1850-04-03
had failed — Judge Richardson
Birth: 1815-10-25 Death: 1893-01-20
every day to see Aunty Horner”— Well you must
have a surfeit by this time though I could write
four pages of the like – but I must tell about sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
who is getting very funny – she has taken a great
fancy to the cats and when the bread and milk is
unpalatable Mary
brings in a young kitten which
never fails to restore her appetite – she is full of mirth
all day, Monday she never cried once – though she
found it rather hard to go to sleep on my lap without
nursing – I think Willie will love her more than eve[ r ]



when he comes home – she sits in her cradle and plays
with his little basket and the bellows long at a
time – I am looking for a girl who will officiate
as demi nurse and chambermaid – Caroline
goes home
the 1st of June – McLallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
commenced moving Friday
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
has gone to day to clean house with one of
John’s wild Irish girls
for help – one that is abiding
here for a few weeks until she finds a place – she is the
most utterly benighted being I ever saw and evinces very
little ability to become otherwise – Bridget
is intelligent
in comparison – I do not think Ann
will succeed in
the kitchen department but must give her a trial
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Nothing more from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
– I did not intimate to
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
that I wished him to take charge of Willie
he has written for the funds he mentioned –
I have heard to day that M– Throop
Birth: 1827-01-26 Death: 1892-09-11
was expelled
from Geneva College for intemperance – can this
be true! — I will write again as soon as
Henry returns if I do not send immediately for
Willie –

[right Margin] Love to Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
and a kiss for my dear little boy
upon the whole two or three kisses — we have a bright
green fence in a state of progress — in front of the
house – “very English” I suppose – do not fail
to write immediately if Willie is not well–
MAY 21


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Mrs Alvah Worden

[top Margin] I was very sorry I was out the day
Dr Witherell
called as I suppose he has gone to Canandaigua