Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 16, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 16, 1850



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 16, 1850

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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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: mlb 

revision: tap 2019-01-31

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Sunday June 16
My dear Sister,
I am thankful that Sunday
affords some respite from household cares
that I may write you a letter – I have been
intending to write every day since Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
went –
Poor Willie his teeth trouble him very
much they are exceedingly tender – I regret
very much that I did not take him
to Baltimore before I ^he^ came home – Dr Pratt
Birth: 1816-09-10 Death: 1901-03-03

told me that he never filled a tooth
when there was any inflammation about it
as they never failed to be troublesome a
long time – I have had two or three filled
in this condition and suffered with them –
months in consequence – I have a letter
from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
this morning saying Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
Henry arrived
there Wednesday evening – Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
at Washington early this week he told me
many things about the people there though
he remained but one day – He is to
attend court in Canandaigua this week –
Mr Winslow's
Birth: 1810-11-10 Death: 1892-03-10
case is to be tried –
I find my whole time so completely occupied
that I hardly find time to write to Henry –
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
has brought me two papers to read
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since I commenced this letter and my
eyes are so dim from reading late
last night that I can scarcely see –
Birth: 1825 Death: 1851-10-07
has been here two evenings this
week which was a relief – I have not
written to Serene
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
– I have enquired of her
x Birth: 1812-04-03  Death: 1897-08-19  Birth: 1809  Death: 1887-09-11 
and find she is as well as usual—
She has never answered my letter which
would alone prevent my writing again –
Then I doubt whether any boy could read
so as to give Grandpa satisfaction – he
wants some person who understands his
particular task to select for him – And
to make the matter intelligible to him they
must perfectly comprehend it themselves –
I do not know what I am to do precisely –
Van Pelt's
Birth: 1802 Death: 1882-04-15
son John
Birth: 1829Certainty: Probable
is 20 years old – he is
without employment – I suggested that he should
be employed to read evenings but Pa laughed
at the idea saying he would as soon have
Willie – Until I know something about my
own movements, something about Augustus'
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

departure I can make no definite arrangements
about any thing – George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
writes that Sarah
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12

wishes to come here for a visit of some
weeks – I shall not invite her at present –
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
saw the letter I wrote to Henry
about Augustus – you can tell her or not
as you please that the answer I received
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was about what I anticipated – Henry thinks
me unreasonable and in a fair way to prevent
Augustus from succeeding in any thing by
My over anxiety – He is not willing that he
should resign his commission at present –
This is a subject on which we can never think or feel
alike – My own course is clear – What influ-
ence I have will be exerted in every possible
manner to induce Augustus to resign –
If I had the shadow of a doubt before
he came home I have none now – Yet it
makes our life unif uncomfortable to be
in an attitude of opposition continually –
I was not well all last week – The housecleaning
home progressed – we have but one more carpet
to put down – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
has a continual
cough and seems exceeding unhappy when I see him
which is not often – he came home from Church
with me this morning – I went last evening
to see Mary Blatchford
Birth: 1823-10-29 Death: 1852-02-14
– she looks and coughs
badly Miss Banks
leaves this week –
Clarence says they are to have a party tomorrow
evening – I am invited to attend Miss
Birth: 1810-06-16 Death: 1891-03-24
wedding by Mrs Martin
Birth: 1818-12-25 Death: 1899-07-09
– Tuesday
morning at 10 oclock – Mrs Martin
regretted that Frances was not here—
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well – I see her about every
other evening – This is a dull letter.
Grandpa asked Willie if you did not say any thing
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about coming out – I told him you were without
help at present – It is barely possible that
Henry may come home we this week as the
Senate are to adjourn from Thursday until
Monday – Monday morning – As my
letter could not go yesterday I thought it
uselss to send it to the Office – I have a letter
from Fred this morning – he is at Washington
of which he says – “The Washington of the
Summer is a very different thing from the
Washington of the Winter – My first impression
was that the heat kept all the people in their
houses, but I find it does more, it keeps them
out of the City – The throngs in the streets, the
hotels, the galleries of Congress have all disappeared
and now there is room to breathe – It is just
now the little office is terribly warm, so are
the streets & so are the debates in Congress –
Father & Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-06-07
have gone to the Capitol –
Augustus has gone to call upon Adjutant
Birth: 1788 Death: 1852-07-15
& report himself “arrived in town”, I
not being acclimated do not venture out
before sunset” – I am afraid Fred is not quite
well as he says nothing on that subject –
I shall be thankful if they do not all get sick –
I have an invitation to Mrs Blatchfords
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12Certainty: Probable

this morning but as it is quite a party I
shall not go – Your sister