Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 31, 1852

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 31, 1852



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 31, 1852

action: sent

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: msf 

revision: vxa 2019-03-18

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Saturday July 31st
My dear Sister,
I should like to know what
you and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
are doing this morning —
Since I finished my mornings work I
have been to see that poor Norwegian Woman
Birth: 1817

for whom I made an unavailing application
to Jenny Lynd
Birth: 1820-10-06 Death: 1887-11-02
last Summer — She is sick
with consumption and sent for me — How
sad it is to see the wrongs and suffering
of so many persons — so many that it
is impossible to help all — They are ejected
from the house they occupy by the landlord

the woman is too ill to work — the man
Birth: 1805 Death: 1872-08-30

inefficient — works when he can get employment
but does little for their support — the
proceeds of a subscription for building
a Shanty has been taken by the Dr

except a half loaf of bread which Mrs
Birth: 1805-01-29 Death: 1860
brought there was nothing in the
house to eat — two small children
x Birth: 1851  Death:   Birth: 1850  Death: 1929-04-06 
and hungry — And this is one of hundreds

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gave it to me to read — he writes with power
and for good — When such men begin to talk
of the wrongs of Man
there is hope of improvement though it may
be far distant — your

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If Willie has not left he can bring
Downing —

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Your letters came to me free when
they were directed to Henry, I believe, I know
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
do – I will
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I went to see Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
who has been sick
but is better – I was to have taken tea
there yesterday but was prevented by company
at home — I thought I had invited Caroline
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09
Sister Eva DeZeng
Birth: 1836 Death: 1905-08-13
to come and
spend the day with Caroline Thursday
owing to some misapprehension she came
quite unexpectedly yesterday — I was baking
cake and had made no provision for
dinner — Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
& Carrie came in
the evening — We expect Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
home this
afternoon in the lightning train — Our Porch
has come to a stand — Will you ask
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
to send by express that volume
 Publisher: Wiley and Putnam Place of Publication:New-York & London Date: 1841
Birth: 1815-10-20 Death: 1852-07-28
which she has of ours — The
original plan is a failure, but something
else must be adopted — How sorry I
am that Downing was among the lost in
that illfated vessel the Henry Clay – He
has done much to improve the taste of
Americans in Architecture and Gardening —
His life seems prematurely closed — How
many aggravating circumstances attend that accident

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let them pass — Augustus is well
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nothing can exceed the recklessness of
the managers of the boat — It seems a
defect in our laws that such crimes have
not a severe penalty attached to them —
The Tribune of this morning has Henry’s
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
cial speech I have not read it yet —
I am glad it is made — I hope he will
attempt no other this session — You see
the Senate will not allow Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
to make
his speech on the Fugitive Slave Law — Henry
speaks in high terms of it — it was carefully
prepared — I am sorry it was so long delayed
as it affords the Senators who vote against
hearing it, the shadow of an apology —
Carrie and I went to Mrs Underwood’s
Birth: 1817-08-07 Death: 1900-07-15

to tea Wednesday — Mrs Platt
of New York
as cousin is staying with Mrs Underwood —
Mrs Porter
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29
, Mrs Nelson Beardsley
Birth: 1815-03-06 Death: 1854-07-16
Miss Powers

Editorial Note

Could be Emily Powers
Birth: 1809-09-13 Death: 1893-01-01
or Caroline Powers
Birth: 1811-09-11 Death: 1896-07-28

and Mr
Birth: 1808-11-25 Death: 1883-09-19
and Mrs Martin
Birth: 1818-12-25 Death: 1899-07-09
were there —
We came home before tea — The cousin has
no particular attraction except her dress
which was in good taste — I have been
trying this week to regulate my letters

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not use the frank’s if your post master will not
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and papers together with some of Pa’s
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
some of Henry’s — The papers in the safe
had become so mildewed that I am obliged
to remove them and have kept them in the
sun by one of the Garret windows two days
taking them to my own room every night — I
allowed no one to touch them or to go into
the Garret at the time — I have not yet
examined that large tin trunk — I will
next week — Although I work very steadly
I am subject to so many interruptions that
I do not accomplish much in a day — I
found and an old desk in the carriage house
containing many letters and papers some of
which I brought in and filed – Henry does
not tell me yet when he goes to Vermont
but when he does we
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
will all go along —
Birth: 1842Certainty: Probable
is here every few days — her trunk is
here – She seems very well — I shall look
for Willie to night but as you are alone
I hope he will remain over Sunday —
Fanny & Amanda
Birth: 1842-02-01 Death: 1916-05-13
play hard — The old
is out of her house and is running
all over with the others — Did you ever

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read the “Scarlet letter”
 Place of Publication:Boston, MA Date: 1850
by Hawthorne
Birth: 1804-07-04 Death: 1864-05-18
Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17Certainty: Probable