Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 15, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 15, 1849



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 15, 1849

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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: Flatbush, NY

transcription: mmh 

revision: crb 2018-10-25

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Monday Jan 15th
My dear Sister,
Not wishing to write again under the
influence of a sick head ache I did not
write yesterday as I would have done other wise
Then I supposed that about this time you
would see Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
and would not
be so likely to miss a letter from me — I have
just finished a letter of condolence to Aunty
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
Birth: 1823 Death: 1849-01-05
died last week with congestive
fever so the Newspaper says — They will
feel her loss greatly — Her kind attentions to
them made her appear very amiable last Summer
I wish Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
would go home and live with
his wife
Birth: 1827 Death: 1915-10-08
but I suppose he will not particularly
if he has any practice in Buffalo — I was
much entertained with your letter and intend
to read it to Mrs Hills
Birth: 1790-10-15 Death: 1857-10-25
suppressing names so
that she cannot make any mischief — she
really enjoys hearing your letters which in
my humble opinion are infinitely more en-
tertaining that the court gossip of Madame Sévigné
Birth: 1626-02-05 Death: 1696-04-17

Her letters
 Publisher: Lea & Blanchard Place of Publication:Philadelphia, PA Date: 1842
are sprightly and interesting because they
evince so devoted an attachment to her daughter
Birth: 1646-10-10 Death: 1705-08-13

but I cannot say that they meet my expectations
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What do you think? — Our family is reduced to eight
which seems quite small — Henry and Clarence
left Friday morning I have heard nothing
from them since — Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
came and spent
the afternoon with me Friday — She has now
an attack of influenza — Jane Perry
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
is at
John Dills
Birth: 1804 Death: 1866
again with Alice
Birth: 1843-10-26
— I am not
sure that they will not go to Aunt Clara’s
again but she thinks not — some Some one told me
that Perry
Birth: 1807 Death: 1875
talked of going to California — I think
he had better go — I called the other day
upon Mrs Clary
Birth: 1787-01-21 Death: 1882-02-13
— she is pleasant and unpretending
Henry went with me to call upon the wives
of the Professors — Dr Hicox
Birth: 1798-12-29 Death: 1876-06-10
looks very thin
though he is better than he has been. Mrs Hicox
Birth: 1804 Death: 1888-05-07

is amiable and agreeable — Mrs Smith
Birth: 1820-12-10 Death: 1895-10-30
was a
Livingston of New York — not particularly attractive
though exceedingly well bred — Mrs Hopkins
Birth: 1816-02-09 Death: 1885-01-23

I did not see and did not wish to —
We also called to see Miss Powers

Editorial Note

Either Caroline Powers
Birth: 1811-09-11 Death: 1896-07-28
or Emily Powers
Birth: 1809-09-13 Death: 1893-01-01
at Nelson
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15
— she was out — The Blatchfords
x Birth: 1817-08-27  Death: 1901-06-12  Birth: 1820-03-09  Death: 1893-07-07 

were engaged — A rapid thaw has succeeded
our very cold weather of last week — the
snow is melting away — I feel sometimes as
if we were melting with it our new house leaks
in so many places that we are literaly
deluged — Mr Blatchford is felicitating himself
upon the prospect of a more comfortable home
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next Winter — he says they almost freeze where
they are — I have only seen Mary
Birth: 1823-10-29 Death: 1852-02-14
in Church
she looks better than she did last Summer —
I have been reading a book entitled the Influence
and Education of Women
 Publisher: Fowlers and Wells Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1847
— by Mrs D Reid
Birth: 1817 Death: 1920
English woman — with a preface by Mrs
Birth: 1801-01-11 Death: 1864-04-06
— the book is written with much
ability and did it not assert a claim
to more rights than the lords of creation
are generally willing to allow, I think it
would have elicited some complementary
notices from the press — Although I cannot
yet say that I think women ought to vote
and be eligible for become office holders
yet I will say that if there is no other way
of elevating them I would rather see them
more masculine than to see them what they
are now — Mrs Reid makes many sensible
observations on the subject of education — Her
book gives evidence of a strong mind combined
with much modesty and delicacy — She
never attempts to convince by sarcasm — but
reasons logically and with entire freedom
from passion — I should like to see an
answer to her book written with equal good
temper — I anticipate much pleasure in reviewing
it with you — Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is so lonely
now Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has gone that I have written
Page 4

to Catherine Huson
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898
to come and make us a visit
while we are alone — Clara has not come
yet — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
took me in the sleigh with
John’s pony all about the village last week
very much to his gratification — Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
along — Fanny reminds me of Fred in her
determination to learn to read — she will say
her lessons when Willie does — I do not want
her to learn yet — if she lives I want her
to play for three years to come — Eliza

is getting impatient for you to come home — She
cannot agree with the girls and they do
many wrong things by her — Her mother

is quite engrossed with her new husband

and housekeeping — I think it very probable
that you will be detained until Spring and
then you will not stay long with me —
I wish Mrs Catlin
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1871
would take her daughter
Birth: 1824-02-14 Death: 1896-03-06

there — she remains in about the same state
though less violent — I hear nothing from
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
— The Clol Cholera has w swept off many
of the 8th his old Regiment stationed in Texas
Gen Dix
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1879-04-21
I see has lost a brother
Birth: 1810-07-07 Death: 1849-01-07
— Love to
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
tell her six weeks will not last always
your own Sister —

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