Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 3, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 3, 1846



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 3, 1846

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: mmh 

revision: crb 2018-07-16

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Auburn Oct 3rd — Saturday
My dear Sister,
I have yielded to the importunities
of Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
and am going to write a short
hurried letter when I would much have
preferred writing a long one tomorrow
She has been here almost every day since
you left and when your letter actually
came and said nothing about her boy
Birth: 1830

she was grievously disappointed — I told
her I thought the conduct of John
had discouraged her you and
you were not willing to subject Mrs
 Death: 1867-01-28
to the trouble of getting a boy
to stay only one day — She of course
promised very fair — said so far as William
was concerned she was glad John had come
home — that William would be quite as conten-
ted without his company &c — she says
that John reported that he left because he
was made to wash dishes and withal
that Witherill’s
Birth: 1792 Death: 1871-11-16Certainty: Possible
people tried to prevent
his going and finally gave him money
to return with should he be discontented
You will attach what importance you choose
to this communication I cannot vouch for

[top Margin] Tell Fan I saw John
and Day
Birth: 1817-02-23 Death: 1878-02-28

at the first Church
last Sunday but they kept such a continual
spitting that I did not “love them” — Caroline
Birth: 1824 Death: 1881-01-22
called the morning you left about
11 oclock — Nothing from my boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
— Remember
me to Henry
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
and the Waylands
 Death: 1863-10-16

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its truth — Maria
thinks the Witherills persuaded
John not to remain though she has not seen
John — they would would have evidenced more
principle by keeping him in the first place —
he is there in his old place — Harriet more
over wishes if Mrs Wayland does not want
John ^William^ that you would take him — I gave no
encouragement to this suggestion — she intimates
that she has been at some expense to prepare
him to go but this is not of any consequence
as I presume the child would have required
clothes here as well as there this winter
the climate not being materially different —
To sum up you are particularly requested to answer
this letter the same hour in which you receive
it in Harriet proposes inflicting another long
call upon me in company with her cousin

Bloomfield, Monday night — You don’t
know dear Sister how much I have missed
you in every thing since you went away —
I feel every day more and more as years pass
by “the worth of that affection, that sanctified
by the bonds of nature is capable of triumphing
over every vicissitude of circumstances, every
waywardness of character, and of adhering to
its object through evil and through good
 Publisher: Desilver, jt. & Thomas Place of Publication:Philadelphia Date: 1834
” — How frequently do these words

[top Margin] Mary Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
had a party of 20 Tuesday – Henry
and I were invited by Kit
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-03
to spend the evening the other
all went to tea – We staid at home —

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of our dear Grandmother
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
recur to my memory
“since my sister
Certainty: Possible
died I have been alone in
the world” — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
are well
Willie often reproaches me for not letting
him go home with you — Fanny says “Aunty
gone home” “baby sorry” — You can hardly
conceive how much her vocabulary has
increased in one week she seems to talk
about every thing — and tries to call the
name of any thing she hears — Seth Hawley
Birth: 1810-02-10 Death: 1884-11-10

spent Wednesday with us — I went with
him and Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
to the jail to see Bill
Birth: 1824 Death: 1847-08-21
— jails
are horrid places — but the misguided reasons
that could desire to hang a being so bere[ ft ]


Reason: wax-seal

of reason and intelligence is still more
horrible — he does not know half as much
my Fan — as Hawley said after talking to
him half an hour he has no remains
of mind left except some glimmerings
of memory — I was affected to tears by his
helpless comfortless condition — I pray God that
he may be insensible to the inhumanity of his
relentless keepers — He stood upon the cold
stone floor with bare feet — his upon a cot bed
stead with nothing but the sacking underneath
and a very small filthy blanket to cover
him — I came from his cell thoroughly chilled

[top Margin] Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
called the day you left I made
the necessary explanations.

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with ample protection from the cold — how melancholy
it is to see a whole community warring with such
a “poor handful of earth” — Yesterday I had
the three Mrs Millers
to visit me — and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

Miss Sheridan is here making a copy of Henrys
portrait for herself — it will probably take
her 10 or 12 days — She meets with no
encouragement and perhaps it will be as well
for her in the end as I think miniature painting
would entirely destroy her eyes — she suffers
much with them now — She is exceedingly ambitious
and would not easily relinquish a profession in which
she dreams of fame with perhaps as much reason
as many young artists who have been doomed
to disappointment before her — I advise her if she
must paint to paint in oil — Miss Fletcher
Birth: 1823-04-06 Death: 1908-11-01Certainty: Possible
Mrs Alvah Worden


Type: postmark

[right Margin] gone — my parting call was very mal apropos
the evening before she left as it interfered with an oyster
supper — Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
went with her to Albany

[left Margin]
Hand Shiftx

Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03