Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 12, 1849

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 12, 1849



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 12, 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: ssb 

revision: crb 2018-10-30

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Monday Feb 12 1849
My dear Sister,
Another week has come around and I
am still alone with Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
and the children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 

I suppose you did not see Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
when he went
back to Washington he sent me word by
telegraph and wrote a few lines – Since then
I have not heard from him – There is a vast
deal of speculation about his sudden return every
one seems to think it in some way connected
with Judge Conklings
Birth: 1789-10-12 Death: 1874-02-05
difficulty and they are
exceedingly anxious to know all the particulars
which I am exceedingly happy not to be able
to tell – The judges family
x Birth: 1829-10-30  Death: 1888-04-18  Birth: 1819  Death: 1860  Birth: 1819  Death: 1868-03-25  Birth: 1791  Death: 1851-04-14 
are so unpopular that
I believe there are very few persons in the community
that would not be glad to have him impeached
but this is entre nous – Margarette
Birth: 1814-01-27 Death: 1890-07-29
I think
has designs upon me similar to those she
had some years ago – she is very affectionate
I shall now have tact enough to avoid a
similar entanglement – Tell Fan
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
she must
get well and go to Washington with me one
winter before she changes her name –
Birth: 1787-11-13 Death: 1873-03-24
acted so like the father of evil that
for once I am glad Henry was elected–
The opposition papers represent him as a great

[top Margin] He wrote a nice little letter to Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

all about ponies – Willie
is engaged answering it – Mr Burns
Birth: 1789 Death: 1866-09-11
has a
party Wednesday – Love to Frances –
Your own Sister

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bug bear to the South – It surprises me how
little he is understood even by his political
friends – Disinterested benevolence must be very
rare to be so hard to comprehend –
We all went to Mrs Marvins
Birth: 1810-07-08 Death: 1888-05-06
party last Thursday
it was pleasant – the house is entirely changed
four rooms were open on the first floor
three of them communicating with folding doors
There were about 60 there a very great proportion
of our Church – Mrs Blatchford
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
danced all
the evening which I suppose is an evidence
that she has gone through the season of mourning
Pa enjoyed the supper – the oysters being pickled
made him sick the next day – Mrs Steele


did not appear not having spirits to meet so
large a partyMrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
and David
Birth: 1806-03-18 Death: 1897-02-24
there – Mrs Wright made many enquries about
as did many others – I could not tell them
when you were coming home – Saturday I went
to see Mrs Abbott
Birth: 1790 Death: 1852-05-28
to make some enquries about
Birth: 1814-08-22 Death: 1897
sojourn with Dr Vanderveer
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-07-05
– Mrs Abbott
was from home I afterwards met Clara
Birth: 1818 Death: 1879-07-03
told me that Emma was under the care of the
Dr a year – at that time he visited in the
city – The Dr told her she could be cured but I
suppose she did not stay long enough – My talk
with Clara was not very satisfactory – The family
are not remarkable for close reasoning or
originality I believe – However they thought the Dr
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a very good man – If Emma had stayed another
year she might perhaps have had some
health for the next six years which she has
not had – I also missed seeing Mrs John
Birth: 1802-12-28 Death: 1865-11-19
upon whom I called So long as your
confidence in the Dr is unimpaired you will not
be willing to leave in opposition to his advice
if you should have a great while longer
to stay what would he think of your
having a respite – come and stay a month
with me – I believe Charlotte Morgan
Birth: 1806-03-27 Death: 1879-12-18
did so
I know just how tiresome it is – I can look back
upon no time when I was a boarder that
does not now appear infinitely "stale flat
and unprofitable" – Your house I suppose remains
closed, that will not need you until next
May – Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
I heard had been to Canandaigua
and returned to Albany – Among all the
people at the party the other night was Emily
Birth: 1810 Death: 1895
without Warren
Birth: 1806-07 Death: 1891
– She looks old and
homely – She made numberless enquires about
you and Frances – was afraid you would
feel neglected by her not calling – and many
other equally silly suggestions – she concluded
by inviting me to come and see her – I replied
in the conventional form that I should be very
happy to do so – She is very weak but I
believe well meaning – Yesterday Pa and
I and the children went to Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to eat pot pie
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and a great many other good things– I
stayed at Church in the morning long enough
to go to the grave with the remains of old
Mrs McDonald
Birth: 1761 Death: 1849-02-08
who has died at last with
the cancer which has afflicted her so long –
The mourners were Dennis
Birth: 1796 Death: 1870
and his wife
Birth: 1800 Death: 1873-05-30
Mrs McDonald
Birth: 1792 Death: 1860-05-21
and her soon son
Birth: 1809-06-04 Death: 1901-12
– The sexton

and James Bostwick
Birth: 1806-10-21 Death: 1888-10-23
lowered the coffin into the
grave – Mr Ayrault
Birth: 1822 Death: 1882-10-19
was obliged to remind
the sexton that a shovel full of earth must
be thrown upon the coffin before he could proceed
with the services – That one shovel of earth
how it thrills through the frame of the mourner
– when there is any – All there were perfectly composed
I suppose Catherine
Birth: 1800 Death: 1874-01
would have wept but she
had exhausted herself nursing her mother and
was left at home – I shall fill my letter without
telling you that I have another letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
– dated
the 9th of Jan – He gives a very amusing account of a Ball
which he attended in Texas Christmas – I would copy
this part of the letter but Clara has it – They were 2 days
going 40 miles – walked the latter part of the way and
sent back oxen to draw their wagon out of the mud
The dancing commenced about sundown & continued until
morning – Gus says "it was one continued unintermitting
reel – I tired and went to bed at one – coming to
the conclusion that the people in Texas could
dance reels longer without stopping than any
I had ever seen" – The ladies came on horseback
He says he will apply for a furlough this Summer

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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03