Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 26, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 26, 1850



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 26, 1850

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Washington D.C., US

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: pag 

revision: crb 2019-01-28

Page 1

My dear Sister,
I commence a letter at the close of
the week intending to complete it tomorrow –
I received your second letter from Auburn yester-
day morning – I am troubled to hear of your
being sick so often – these severe attacks of
neuralgia are very distressing and must
affect your general health or indicate that
your general health is impaired – I am glad
you are with Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
again and glad to hear a time
is fixed for Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to come – I can
imagine the state of affairs when you came
home – George Seward
Birth: 1831-07-24 Death: 1897-12-13Certainty: Possible
continued with us
until Wednesday morning, the day the Hun-
garians dined with us – George left at
6 oclock in the morning intending to visit
before he went home – George He was
in good spirits – well dressed and quite
young - he accompanied our young people
to Mrs Ewing's
Birth: 1801-01-01 Death: 1864-02-20
the evening previous to his
departure – Wednesday at 5 o’clock the
8 Hungarians came to dine with us – you
cannot believe imagine how interesting I found them.
I will not write their unpronouncable names

[top Margin] see no company unless you prefer and
what is very pleasant you are allowed to do just as you
prefer without censure – Tell Clarence I will write
soon - Love to Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
says he wishes Aunty
would write to him Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1793-03-28 Death: 1864-12-19

[left Margin] has gone North for 10 days –
Page 2

The Governor, Ujhazi
Birth: 1795-01-20 Death: 1870-03-07
, ^pronounced uhasi^ was the person of the most
consideration among them – all were well
educated and well bred, gentle and pleasing
in manners – Five were had been officers in
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
army – the Governor’s son
Birth: 1832 Death: 1870
a young man
of 19 had attained the rank of Captain –
You will perhaps be surprised that I could
become so interested in people who could not
,with the exception of two, speak our language
I think you never saw a more sociable
dinner party – Major Danburghy
Birth: 1821 Death: 1857-04-12
who sat on
my left and Dr Kraitzer
Birth: 1803Certainty: Possible
who sat on Henry’s
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

right interpreted for the others who talked
the whole time in Hungarian-German or
French – the German was the only one who
spoke French fluently – Our dinner was
in the French style – It consisted of 8 courses
including soup – we had three waiters and
a french cook – it was very pretty though
not so warm as an English dinner may
be served – fish bouillon, mutton chops,
quails, sweet breads, and canvass back ducks
The fruits and candleabra were placed on
the table – the jelly, blanc mange, ice
cream and water ice were passed round–
Gov Ujhari who escorted me into the dining
room sad sat on my right – I could
understand much that he said when he
spoke French but had confidence only to reply
Page 3

through my interpreter in Maj Danburghy –
The Gov. told me he left three married chil-
x Birth: 1824  Death: 1864  Birth: 1822  Death: 1888  Birth: 1819  Death: 1872 
in Hungary his wife
Birth: 1800 Death: 1851-10-06
and five
x Birth: 1827  Death: 1898  Birth: 1841  Death: 1906  Birth: 1838  Death: 1899  Birth: 1821  Death:  
accompanied him to America – he was cheerful
but a shade of sadness was perceptible – the
others except young Ujhari were all f merry
they were all bachelors – The Gov wore
an immensely long beard most of the others
ar mustaches – They were much more at home
with a French dinner than the same number
of Americans would have been -After dinner
we returned to the parlor ^for coffee^ where we were joined
by our young people, who had been excluded
from the table for the want of room – Major
Birth: 1818-08-20 Death: 1894-03-10
excited the railery of his companions
by his assiduous attention to Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
I think was dissatisfied with the hand-
some young officer -it seems she extracted
some English from him which I had not been
able to do at dinner – I forgot to tell you that
after the meats were disposed of Gov Ujhari
rose and addressed Henry in French – the Dr
interpreted what we could not understand –
He said if it would not be doing violence
to the customs of the country he would propose
the health of the Lady all immediately
rose with their glasses in their hands – “Long
may she live” – I looked at Henry to know
what to do and ascertained that nothing was
expected of me but to keep my seat and
incline my head to the n bows of simultaneous
bows of the whole company – Before they left the
table Henry proposed the health of Madame Ujhari
Page 4

All rose and drank her health except the Governor
I drank without rising – They remained
with us in the parlour ½ an hour then all
left except the Governor Dr Kraitzer and
M. Bruisach
an intelligent citizen – The next
day they dined with the President
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
and Fan
met some of them at the Assembly in the
evening – I hope Congress may see fit to
make the appropriation of land for them–
We promised to visit the Colony – They
returned to New York Friday – there they
expect to be joined by more of their country-
men and then are to emigrate to the West.
I have occupied so much of my paper with these
interesting exiles that I have not space to tell
of my interview with Mrs Emma Willard
Birth: 1787-02-23 Death: 1870-04-15
whom I called last Tuesday – She has grown
old and gross in her appearance – I was so
vexed to hear her vindicate slavery that I did
not write her to come and see me as I proposed
doing – and must do yet I suppose – A woman
without good principles at 38 ought not to be
expected to have them at 66 – her niece Miss
Birth: 1836-01-31 Death: 1917-10-07
(a plain young woman) is with her – Her
sister Mrs Phelps
Birth: 1793-07-15 Death: 1884-07-15
is likewise in town – Frances
has met them out once or twice – Friday my
“reception day” the morning was occupied with com-
pany – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
& Frances spent the evening with Mrs
Henry Schoolcraft
Birth: 1815 Death: 1878-03-12
a decided character in her
way – you must come here with Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
you need

[right Margin] The weather here is as warm as April – the buds
on many trees seem ready to burst