Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 4, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 4, 1850



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 4, 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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: ssb 

revision: tap 2019-01-29

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Thursday April 4th
My dear Sister,
I have your letter of Sunday this
morning – I have been about half sick all this
week so that I have been out but little –
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
writes me that all are well at home
and expecting you out – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and I went
to Church Sunday (Easter) and for the
first time remained to the communion –
There are 400 communicants – Mr
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24
and Mrs
Birth: 1797-09-28 Death: 1882-02-26

Webster and Mrs Crawford
Birth: 1801-12-25 Death: 1878-04-21
were among the
few I knew – Dr Butler
Birth: 1810-10-16 Death: 1890-03-05
had an assistant
– They (the communicants) leave
the table ^altar^ much sooner than with us
so that the increased number did not
much prolong the service – All kneel
on the floor of their pews with their
backs to the pulpit when they come from
the altar as they do during the service
generally – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
went to Mr Pine
Birth: 1803-01-09 Death: 1875-12-07
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
stayed at home feeling very in-
dignant that a new dress did not fit –
which was a mistake altogether as it did
Poor Caroline I fear is to have a stormy time
getting through the world –

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informed us that he had applied for
furlough – I fear he may wait for an answer and
now it is too late to write Gen Scott says
his furlough commences the day he leaves his
Post – "Hope depend &c" Love to Frances
Your own sister

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Fanny says I must tell Aunty that she is making
soap bubbles –
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Monday afternoon Caroline returned to Georgetown –
Tuesday was the day of Mr Calhouns
Birth: 1782-03-18 Death: 1850-03-31
funeral –
I drove up in the vicinity of the Capitol
with Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
to see the procession
which was very long but not imposing
as nothing was to be seen but carriages –
The hearse was drawn by four white horses
each ^pair of^ horses led by a coloured man with
a white scarf – You have read the Eulogies
in the Senate – I did not go to hear them – I
shall go but once more I think this session
that will be to hear Col Benton
Birth: 1782-03-14 Death: 1858-04-10
– I went
with Clarence to call at the Kings
x Birth: 1791-05-08  Death: 1853-10-03  Birth: 1788-01-03  Death: 1867-07-07 
it being their
reception day – Mrs John King
Birth: 1790-09-17 Death: 1873-08-07
was ill – sore throat–
Mrs James'
Birth: 1791-12-14 Death: 1878-11-03
two daughters


Certainty: Probable
were both in New York
so we saw no one but Mrs James and Miss
Birth: 1836-07-08 Death: 1905-12-20Certainty: Probable
– I also called upon Mrs C. S. McCauley
Birth: 1806-06-01 Death: 1893-11-04

and Mrs Michlin
– Clarence would not get
out of the carriage again after going to see
the Kings I came home with a violent headache
and have been sick ever since – Mrs Nelson
Birth: 1805 Death: 1875-04Certainty: Probable

is here – I shall go to see her the first day
that I feel tolerably well – Saturday
Henry went with me call upon Madame
de Boislecompte
– she was out – I called upon
a number of other ladies who are at the

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I send you the National of this morning – You will be as much surprised as
was Foote
Birth: 1790-12-17 Death: 1878-05-11
to see the complete disagreement of Mr Websters remarks
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Irving House – Among them is a Miss Jarvis
New York who has called upon me two or
three times – She is quite intelligent – is the only
person at the Irving House (among the guests)
whose French is intelligible to the French Legation –
Mrs Dickerson
is at the Irving house for a
short time – Clarence went to the Assembly
Tuesday evening – – Mrs Merediths
Birth: 1801-02-20 Death: 1853-06-28
was deferred on account of the death of
Mr Calhoun – No reception at the Presidents
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09

Tuesday morning – I called at Madame
Birth: 1815-12-05 Death: 1851-03-20
Monday – The receptions are
now very quiet affairs – we seldom meet
more than one or two persons – I for saw
no one at Lady Bulwers
Birth: 1817 Death: 1878
or Madame Carvallo's
I have seen nothing of the Carrolls
x Birth: 1812-03-27  Death: 1895-02-11  Birth: 1802-03-02  Death: 1863-07-03 
since Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24

left – Tell Frances that Madame Calderon
Birth: 1804-12-23 Death: 1882-02-06

was a Miss McLoud a Scoct Scotch teacher
at the time the Senor
Birth: 1790 Death: 1861
married her –
This I heard before Fan left and I have since
learned that she is a sister of the Miss
Birth: 1800-01-01 Death: 1866-09-08
who became so notorious by
favouring a clandestine match
Birth: 1799 Death: 1878-01-31
for one of
her pupils
Birth: 1826-04-27 Death: 1903-11-04
– Her school was then I believe
in Boston – you will probably recollect
some of the circumstances – I believe I
have nothing more that is new of the gay world

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of yesterday with the sentiments of his speech a month ago –
you will be at no loss to devise the
cause of
this change
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I never shall cease regretting dear Sis, that you are not
here to read with us the letters and papers about
Henry's speech – They are coming now from Ohio
and Michigan – I shall keep them for you –
They amply atone for the abuse from other quarters –
I am sorry that the miserable editor
Birth: 1804 Death: 1867-05-18
of the Republic
insists upon placing him in a false position with
regard to the Administration – I do not like to
hear the Good President blamed for that for
which he is not responsible –The Whig paper
is unfortunate in having a man for its editor
who cannot understand that there is a World
outside of Washington – I send you an article
from Michigan – take care of it – I have one
from Maine still better but as there is but one
copy to be had I do not send it – The speech
is sent as you desired– I wrote last week to Gen Scott
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29

making enquiries about Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
furlough – A very
polite answer was immediately returned – enclosing
the order from Gen Twiggs
Birth: 1790-02-14 Death: 1862-07-15
for a leave of absence
for 60 days – recommending an extension – Which
Gen Scott says he will grant with pleasure –
This order from Tampa Bay only reached New
a few days ago – from which the
Gen – infers that Augustus has not until
about this time received the answer to his
application and that unless he left in the
confidence that it would come (which I know
he did not) he may not now be more
than 100 miles on his way home – If this is
the case I shall have another letter from Augustus
very soon – until then I can come to no decision
about leaving here – I regret exceedingly now that
I did not write when Augustus first

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I never had a doubt of Dr Webster
Birth: 1793-05-20 Death: 1850-08-30
after reading the evidence against
him yet I could not but hope
he might escape–
It was a horrid affair altogether