Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 17, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 17, 1846



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 17, 1846

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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: pxc 

revision: tap 2018-07-20

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Sunday,April May 17th
My dear Sister,
I have spent this day at home This
morning was unpleasant and our church is so late
in the afternoon that I never go – I have hardly
seen any person but our own family since I wrote
before last Sunday evening Mr
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-03
and Mrs Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14

were here in the evening – I was glad to see Kit after
an absence of ten months – Iwonder if Mary was


says that affair has gone on very regularly –
Mary was more agreeable than I have ever seen her
before I am sorry she is so frail – Dear Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
after while they were here – the — are there
established – I went down a few moments Tuesday
Clara had been attending the funeral of Mrs Kirk –
who was the victim of intemperance— she
left eight orphan children
– Clara had three there
for the night – she had taken the girl of ten
to bring up – she is a bright looking child and I
hope will soon be able to render more assistance
than Ellen
– I believe places have been obtained for
all the boys except the youngest 4 years old who is
at present with the overseer of the poor – The
greater part of the week has been occupied with house
cleaning we have finished 12 of the 21 rooms –
I find it much easier than last Spring when I had no one
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to take charge of Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
does consider that her
work though I am told she complains much about it –
Maria says she has always been in the habit of complaining
about her work and withal that she speaks disrespectfully
of me – Ann
says the complaints have been increased
since Jane
came and her situation has been con
trasted with Mrs Blatchfords
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
– She says the
next time she makes a bargain to take care of child'
she will not engage to sew also – and whenever
she has had any occupation about the house she says
that was not a part of the 'bargain' – I suppose it
was not but I thought I consulted her health and
comfort by not confining her constantly to the nursery
however Ann has resumed the cooking a and with
it the baking – I hope Eliza is satisfied with our
sour bread – She says she could have remained at
Rochester with the Priest
and had 13 shillings a week
I wonder she did not – But I require all these
petty vexations and constant labors to banish
from my mind the corroding anxiety I feel about
my boy – The war I apprehended has come –
If Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
passes his examinations one year more
sends him into the Army – As Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
is a girl
and not exposed to this danger you will have difficulty
in imagining what I feel on this subject – a constant
foreboding of this result has embittered many many hours
of the time since he first entered the Academy and yet
I have always been told my fears were absurd –
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Col Cross's
Birth: 1796-04-03 Death: 1846-11-09
Birth: 1812-05-17 Death: 1876-05-12
is a sister of Adeline Wood
Birth: 1809-08-30
— When Mrs. Morgan
left Washington the family were in great affliction but had not then
heard the certainty of his death – Lieu. Porter
Birth: 1817 Death: 1846-04-18
also left
a wife
Birth: 1827-02-25 Death: 1850-07-23
but there are many contradictory statements about his
family – The Spirit of Christs teaching was violated by
sending our boy to a Military Academy – the consequences
are yet to come – God grant they may not realize
my apprehensions – I believe the papers are watched with fearful
anxiety by many at this time – The soldiers under the command of
General Taylor
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
have already suffered much by sickness
his ranks have been thinned by death and now he seems
to be left to the mercy of the justly incensed Mexicans –
If any thing can increase the horrors of war it is promoting
it for an unholy cause –
I commenced weaning dear baby last Tuesday – she has been
very patient and cheerful day times but cried much at
night – last night for the first she slept in bed with
me – awoke very frequently and wants to nurse but was
pacified without crying – She is perfectly well and
walks all about – The Blatchfords
x Birth: 1817-08-27  Death: 1901-06-12  Birth: 1820-03-09  Death: 1893-07-07 
go tomorrow to New
– not succeeding in getting a cook, Sam wrote to his parents not
to come – Mrs. Blatchford will be absent some weeks – Sam returns
in about ten days and is to bring a cook with him in the
mean time Jane passes her nights here – I imagine a great
part of her days also as she will have nothing to occupy her time
except the care of the milk – I am paying dear for the whistle –
Willie is watching the advent of a brood of chickens which he
expects to take place to day – I have an invitation to
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Mrs Dennis'
Birth: 1812 Death: 1861-05-21Certainty: Possible
for Wednesday evening which I have declined
having seen no one I am not informed of particulars – I must
proceed with my house cleaning this week. I expect Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

next and I have a fancy that Madam Maury
Birth: 1801-11-01 Death: 1849-09-21
will come with
him – How pleasant –
Old Mr Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
is very impatient to have Henry come and
protect him from the demons of his substance –
Our tulips are very beautiful I wish you could see
them –
Mrs Alvah Worden


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