Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 28, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 28, 1849



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 28, 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 2018-10-30

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Auburn Jan 28th
My dear Sister
I will commence a letter to you this dark
morning though it is nearly time for my scholars
to assemble but Eliza
Certainty: Possible
has played so much
I know that she for one will not be ready –
Our snow has all gone – which is a great grief
to Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
as it abridges their
amusement with John’s
pony – I am troubled
about Grandpa’s eyes – no spectacles afford
him any relief – his eye sight seems to be
failing every day – with so few resources
as a man must have at his time of life
the loss of sight would be a greater calamity
than almost any other privation – I am getting
impatient for your return, you have now been
gone two months – I suppose we may expect you
in about one month more – however you can
judge much better than I of the importance
of prolonging your stay – I have not seen
Mrs Hubbard
Birth: 1798 Death: 1864-02-20
I do not think she was in
church yesterday – She may have stopped at
Utica to see Mrs Budd
– I will go and
see her when I hear of her return –
I have been pleased with her for a long time
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but how little we really know of any person
by exchanging calls once or twice a year
and occasionally meeting at parties –
I invited some twenty persons last Thursday
evening to meet 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
and Mrs Sailsbury
Birth: 1807 Death: 1890-11-27

the evening was so unpleasant that very
few came – I had invited such as I thought
would would appreciate nice preparations – but
it is of very little consequence – Debby
Birth: 1809 Death: 1888-03-16
was here
and she can tell them – Most of those who
accepted the invitation left me to infer that
the rain prevented their coming – Among others
Mrs. N. Beardsley
Birth: 1815-03-06 Death: 1854-07-16
and Miss Powers – Mrs Salsbury
came but Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05-06
had just learned that
her son
Birth: 1825
was going to California which kept her
at home – I think all the circumstances considered
that it is the best thing he can do – Mrs Porter
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29

was here she looks thin and says She is far
from well – Caroline
Birth: 1797-05-19 Death: 1874-10-30
though has symptoms
are somewhat changed is not really any
better – I fear she never will be – I did
not ask the Blatchfords
x Birth: 1823-10-29  Death: 1852-02-14  Birth: 1798-04-23  Death: 1875-09-04  Birth: 1798-07-24  Death: 1857-12-23 
supposing Mrs Blatchford
would not come and Mary would better
enjoy younger company which I purpose having
when Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
comes back – Mrs Blatchford
invited company the next evening – I did not
go as I cannot be up later than my usual
bed time two nights in succession —
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Though the evening was much more propitious I
believe she had no more ladies for guests
than I — I believe I did not go out last week
except to Miss Gillet's
and down to Clara’s
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

Aunt Clara had about concluded she must take
Jane Perry
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
as a boarder because she was
sorry for her, when Debby informed me she was
going to William Wood’s
Birth: 1800 Death: 1863-02-23
– He has the Exchange
since Witherell
Birth: 1792 Death: 1871-11-16
left – I am very glad that
Jane has found another abiding place – Clara
seems all the time to have much more to do than
she can well accomplish and Jane in her present
situation would very much increase her work –
Mrs Hills
Birth: 1790-10-15 Death: 1857-10-25
has been to Rochester and made a visit
she was here Saturday evening – I promised to go
over and read to her your opera letters –
I must tell you about Mrs Millers
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
visit – Having
a turkey for dinner last week I sent for her
and Washington
Birth: 1823-03-08 Death: 1902-01-08
to come and dine with us –
She seemed much pleased and I think enjoyed
her visit until a number of persons called –
I attempted to read her some portions of your
letters – I was very glad I knew no more of Dr
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-07-05
practice as her curiosity on that
subject appeared very voracious – However she
became so impatient at the interruptions we received
from visitors that while the Conklings
x Birth: 1813  Death: 1885-03-12  Birth: 1814-01-27  Death: 1890-07-29  Birth: 1789-10-12  Death: 1874-02-05  Birth: 1791  Death: 1851-04-14 
making a long call she put on her hat
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and went home with as discontented a face as
any spoilt child – I have not seen her since
except at church – I had rather a funny
call from Mrs Conkling and Margarete –
they were both determined to talk all the time –
Margaret has since sent me ‘Ten thousand
a Year”
 Publisher: Hurst Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1841
to read I do not much like to put
by Macauley
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay Publisher: Harper & Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1849
for that purpose – though she
represented it as vastly entertaining – Mr Cox
Birth: 1819-11-13 Death: 1895-01-16
established at Cazenovia – has a new Church
which was consecrated while Margaret and Mary
were there – Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
has a large wood pile
drawn into Mrs Hills “west ground” which looks
some like taking possession – Some one told me
that they were not to have the house until May –
I have not heard a word from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
he left – I have frequent letters from Henry
he is to be in Philadelphia this week and
then goes to Orange CountyWorden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
I suppose
is yet in Albany – I have not read their
report yet as Blatchford carried off their
papers – The children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29 
are well – Love to Frances
your own Sister –
I have a card this morning from Mrs Davis
Birth: 1818 Death: 1897-08-06Certainty: Possible

to for Thursday evening –

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