Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 30, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 30, 1850



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 30, 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: maf 

revision: tap 2019-01-31

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Sunday June 30th
My dear Sister,
The blessed day of respite from
worldly cares has come again – I am more
than usually at leisure to day Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
gone to Seneca FallsWillie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
drove him over
in the buggy yesterday – N. B – the Buggy has
been newly painted and varnished – They
are to come home tomorrow – My house cleaning
is nearly finished for which I am thankful –
I have moved into the new room, your room,
for the present – I find it much more
accessible to the persons who are continually
seeking instructions about work which is
now down two pair of stairs – I had
become quite lame with this kind of exercise –
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
was so ill when he left home that I
felt much relieved to get a letter last night
saying he was in Washington, Thursday morning
and well though very much fatigued – I
do not think this rapid traveling is any
benefit to him – He says the boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
are well
and that Augustus wishes to sail next month
but did not say that was determined upon –
Indeed he had not seen either Augustus or
Fred, as he drove directly to the Capitol

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Dont you think Sidney Evans

Editorial Note

Either John S. Evans
Certainty: Possible
or James Sidney Evans
Birth: 1816-02-15 Death: 1857-08-25Certainty: Possible
called and left
his card last Thursday without any message
whatever – It was just like him
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where he found Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-06-07
who made
this communication – I thought Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24

was going to Albany and that you were
coming out here – what has become of these
arrangements – I was very sorry you had
so much company that hot week – I wish
every one felt as much more comfortable
at home at such times as I do – That
hot Wednesday when I could not think
of dressing myself the ladies here were out
making calls in full dress – Mrs Massie

and Miss Hobbie


called here but I could
not see them – Miss Hobbie apologized for
coming at such an unreasonable time the next
time I saw her – She took tea with me
Friday – I sent for Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
but he was not
to be found – I have not seen him since Henry
went away until yesterday – his cough is
better but he seems rather unhappy –
Willie and I went home with Miss Hobbie –
Dear little Fannie
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
sits by my side shelling
peas for dinner she says they left her all
alone down stairs so she took her basket
and came up to me – Willies lamb is bleating
most piteously for want of company, he
is a pretty creature but about as troublesome
as pets generally are – I persuaded Willie to
give the ducks to Mr Kimberlee
Birth: 1794-03-25 Death: 1873-01-30Certainty: Probable
again, as I
find it impossible to keep water for them here
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he took them over but they will not stay, they
seem to prefer plenty of corn to plenty of water –
The little bantems are two of them consigned to
Fanny – they and the kittens have their own
quarrels – Fanny and I went to Clara’s
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
tea yesterday afternoon – we had a nice visit –
I suppose Pa would like to have Catherine
over now while we are alone – I will write
to her as soon as I hear again from Washington –
I do not want Hewson


Certainty: Possible
– I do not think
men have any faculty for visiting – and he
I do not like any way – Only think of George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
visiting two months and doing nothing
else – It seems to me a conclusive proof of
great ineficiency – I doubt very much
whether Clarence is married this Fall – he
seems to have some misgivings himself – it
is undoubtedly better for him to get fairly
established in business first –
I went last Wednesday to Tom Howes
Birth: 1801 Death: 1860-07-15
I saw Mrs Rudd
Birth: 1785
– who is here indefinitely –
I think she is more agreeable or rather less
disagreeable than she was during the Dr’s
Birth: 1779-05-24 Death: 1848-04-15

life time – I also went to see Mrs H. Smith
Birth: 1821-04-22 Death: 1873

She says Henry
 Death: 1850-08-12
cannot live long, but he is still
about town – Caroline
was arrayed for sixty –
Mrs Smith told me a story of by gone times
of which I did not believe a word – I
will tell it to you one of these days –
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I made one or two calls more and came home
exceedingly tired – Every day some one comes –
Yesterday Miss Bissel
Birth: 1792 Death: 1861-03-13
called while I was out
She is keeping house for Mrs William Hills
Birth: 1823-02-06 Death: 1902-07-20

while she is on a jaunt East – Mrs Eleazer
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22

and family
x Birth: 1831  Death: 1882-09-08  Birth: 1836  Death: 1913-11-09  Birth: 1785-11-04  Death: 1856-09-25 
continue at the Auburn House –
I called last week to see Mrs Watrous
Birth: 1805-01-29 Death: 1860

who continues to afford gossip for the town
She was very glad to see me – seemed much
depressed in spirits – Of course I made no
allusion to her affairs, as she did not – I
have not seen Mrs Hicox
yet – she and the
called but I was cleaning house –
I like the Dr because he medicates Mrs
Watrous – whether she is faulty or not
it shows magnanimity in him – Generally
men all take sides against a woman
who is so assailed – I think they are afraid
if they encourage rebellion that they may
have trouble in their own families – Dr Hicox
does not seem to be afraid that his wife
will quarrel with him – This course of the
men of course makes the weaker sex turn against
the woman, so the man has all the support
which he ought to be ashamed to solicit –
so the world goes – I have never seen an instance
of the kind when the woman was not the most censured –
I have not seen Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
except in Church –
Love to Frances – Your own Sister –

[right Margin]
I wrote to Mrs Miller
Birth: 1798-10-05 Death: 1885-05-03Certainty: Probable
and left the
math of Sarah’s
Birth: 1835-03-18 Death: 1919Certainty: Probable
coming to her –