Letter from Frances Alvah Worden Chesebro to Lazette Miller Worden, January 6, 1850

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Letter from Frances Alvah Worden Chesebro to Lazette Miller Worden, January 6, 1850



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Letter from Frances Alvah Worden Chesebro to Lazette Miller Worden, January 6, 1850

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sender: Frances Chesebro
Birth: 1826-12-12  Death: 1909-08-24

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Lazette Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01  Death: 1875-10-03

location: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: aca 

revision: crb 2019-01-25


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Washington, Jan 6th 1850 –
My dear Mother
My last letter to you was such a
hastily written and such an unsatisfactory one to me
that Im writing again tonight – Your letter of New Years
came yesterday morning – I was very sorry to hear you
had been sick and I hope you will be careful –
When do you think of returning to Auburn – I for one
of the family
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
am glad grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
is not coming
The journey here during the winter would be an
insurmountable obstacle to his coming and when
here he would find it so very different from
home that he would be would it very uncomfort-
able & that would make everyone else so – we are so
situated that he would be obliged to go up one
pair of stairs from his room in the basement to
his meals – and that would never please him
so in every way he is more comfortable at home
but I am sorry he is so unwell. Aunty
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
he is always more infirm after any illness – like

[top Margin] Ive not seen any dog in town as pretty as Caito
except some Newfoundland
I should like Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
to see him as well as all of you
but separations only strengthen family ties – Will you
please remember me to Miss Beecher
Birth: 1805Certainty: Possible
Im going to
write to Miss Hance
Birth: 1820-01-25 Death: 1867-06-10
soon – You can tell H Rose
Birth: 1833 Death: 1900-05-20
I see
his father
Birth: 1804-10-12 Death: 1877-03-14
often and at the Presidents he was very
gallant to a beautiful girl
– Love to Pa
Your affectionate daughter

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a child his strength is so little that it will
not have many demands.
A short letter came yesterday from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

with a pair of embroidered slippers enclosed to
Aunty – I really hope he will not come while
I am here unless he is more agreeable than he
was the last time I was so unfortunate as to see
him – Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
goes tomorrow to Georgetown I pray
something may subdue her for she has the
will and boldness of a Lioness – nothing abashes her
and the only impression kindness makes upon
her is to increase her boldness – & impudence
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
I suppose will be here tomorrow – I thought
he would not leave home before tomorrow – but
he will be in time for the first Assembly – Wednes-
day night Mrs James King
Birth: 1791-12-14 Death: 1878-11-03
matronizes me – with
Mr John King
Birth: 1788-01-03 Death: 1867-07-07
& three Misses
x Birth: 1829-07-02  Death: 1916-11-23  Birth: 1836-07-08  Death: 1905-12-20  Birth: 1826-06-30  Death: 1890-07-28 
King –
The day I wrote you last I was just going to
Mrs Taylor’s
Birth: 1809-11-17 Death: 1887-01-15Certainty: Possible
party – Uncle
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
accompanied us and
left me in care of Mrs Carroll
Birth: 1812-03-27 Death: 1895-02-11
(I begin to unfancy-
her) – We staid until midnight – the party was
large & brilliant – We danced upon a waxed oaken
floor – Mrs Taylor wore black velvet of low neck &
short sleeves – I believe there is a daughter
Birth: 1838 Death: 1936-05-19Certainty: Possible
but I
was not introduced to her or Miss Paine
her niece
I did not enjoy it as much as a reception
there were too many strangers for us – And had
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it not been for Mrs Carroll Id have known
no new persons – There happened to be none
Id seen before. at a reception there are sure
to be some un knowns and every body is a
stranger to one another as well as ^to^ oneself – And one can
look on with impunity – besides there are more
talking people – but at a party if one sits and
looks on they look stupid and there is no talk-
–ing – for old as well as young are bent upon attract
–ing attention – I believe its not a hostesses business
to see to her guests – I’d as lief look on or ^sit &^ talk
but people look at one as if they thought one
a poor neglected forlornity – Friday night we
went to the Presidents
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
– had a pleasant evening
and came away at ten – Sir Henry
Birth: 1801-02-13 Death: 1872-05-23
& Lady Bulwar
Birth: 1817 Death: 1878

were there – He is about the size of Alonzo Beardsley
Birth: 1820-07-11 Death: 1906-08-14

plain his appearance but has a thinking expression
and is disarming in manners – he was walking
back & forth with a gentleman in the East room
hat and cane in hand Mr King pointed him
out to me and we walked until we met him
I cannot tell how she looked for I only saw her
by Mrs Bliss’
Birth: 1824-04-20 Death: 1909-07-25
as we went to say goodnight – I like
Mr John King He is gentlemanly and very lively. We
had a good deal of the people
Monday evening I go to Mrs Carroles to a young ladies
party – a small one – such a one as might be
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be pleasant on account of but few being there
Im to wear White – I wore my new silk charmeuse
Friday short sleeves –
I believe Aunty has written of the debate in the
Senate – tomorrow Im going to hear the conclusion
of the matter – its now growing interesting in the
Senate as the resolutions from our Legislature
will soon come in – there will be a fierce con-
Our time is almost constantly comprised during
the day paying or receiving visits and it is
very unsatisfactory – We generally miss the very ones
we care to see & see those we do not care to –
As yet we made but few pleasant acquaintances and
^of^ these only three or four were townspeople – its said
the society in the city – the is very pleasant
but most Ive seen were frivolous & fashionable or stupid
and these it seems are divided into cliques – every
quarter of the town has its circles and every
time one goes out they meet new faces – Among
the ladies
x Birth: 1801-01-01  Death: 1864-02-20 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1813-01-12  Death: 1891-10-17 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1796-06-23  Death: 1870-05-10 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1801-12-12  Death: 1871-03-19 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1801-12-25  Death: 1878-04-21 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1801-02-20  Death: 1853-06-28 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1798-03-13  Death: 1853-03-30 Certainty: Possible
of the Cabinet
x Birth: 1789-12-28  Death: 1871-10-26 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1805-11-25  Death: 1862-11-16 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1791-01-08  Death: 1865-11-09 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1796-05-21  Death: 1876-02-10 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1798-12-22  Death: 1872-07-27 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1799-06-08  Death: 1873-08-17 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1796-07-24  Death: 1856-11-09 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1800-01-07  Death: 1874-03-08 Certainty: Possible
and some members wifes

I feel at home – We all being strangers make us feel
drawn together by our common bond of sympathy –
and each one seems to feel not at home – were it
not for Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
I should not go out but I feel as if
Id him to depend upon – I wrote to Pa a week
since enclosing a letter to Henry & William Henrys
Birth: 1835-01-09 Death: 1926Certainty: Possible
for Caroline – Will you tell Caroline to open his letter & get
hers and for her to keep his until he comes –