Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 11, 1859

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 11, 1859



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 11, 1859

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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: sgl 

revision: ekk 2015-07-15

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Teusday Morning
My dear Sister,
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
had ve no fever last night
and would be up to day were not the weather
so very cold – her throat is a little sore &
she has a slight cough. I have never yet answered
your letter written the Teusday after New Years
enclosing that nice note from Mr Lee
Was the criticism Mr Lee wrote of the Life
and works
Author: G. H. Lewes Publisher: Ticknor and Fields Place of Publication:Boston Date: 1856
This morning I have
your letter of Saturday. I think with this
weather Mr. Brown
will be able to find plenty
of ice for the ice house. I hope the burglars will
spare our two houses. I suppose nothing further can
be done for their protection. Fanny says she
would be very glad to have some of that molasses
candy. Louisa
Birth: 1825
made some but it was
rather raw. Bell
Birth: 1858
is rather of the opinion
that he is sick too so he lies in a chair
by the side of the bed part of the time.
Bell is a very boisterous little dog – without room
in the yard and without a playmate he reserves
all his exercise for indoor employment
and is always tearing some person or thing to
pieces. Fanny borrowed Maud Bakers


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for a playmate – with him Bell quarreled
immediately. With these infirmities he is exceedingly
sagacious and affectionate – so we love him
in spite of them. This morning very early he jumped
from his little bed to the floor. I thinking he
wanted to go out was wrapping myself up to
take him down stairs when he jumped into my
place in the bed and crept
To crawl • To move slowly, feebly • To move secretly • To steal in; to move forward unheard and unseen • To move or behave with servility •
down to the foot
out of sight where he remained for a long time
very much to Fanny’s amusement.
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and Anna
Birth: 1834-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
dining with the Napiers
x Birth: 1823-12-20  Death: 1911-08-24  Birth: 1819-09-19  Death: 1898-12-19 

Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
& I had our dinner at 2 oclock – whereby
I had an excellent sleep last night. The
party at the Napiers was made very small to
induce me to come, which was very kind but I
could not go. I was glad I did not attempt
it when Anna told me of the glare of light
pervading the house innumerable wax candles
in addition to the numerous gas lights. The
dinner did not vary materially from other French
dinners – with handsome china silver & table
ornaments. Our people are to have a dinner Friday
of 18 persons. Will and I are not invited which
we do not take to heart. Is it not surprising
that three or four of the invitation given last
Saturday have not yet been answered? including
ladies with their husbands. Mr Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-03

met Henry in the street & gave a verbal answer
to their invitation!
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Did you get a letter to me from Charles Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11

which I enclosed in one of mine?
I received a very long letter yesterday from
Miss Dunscombe


– I hope Henry will answer it –
another from Kossuth
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
’s sister
and nice though
not very long letter from Mrs Watson
Birth: 1812-03-30 Death: 1893-11-13

Sam Ruggles
Birth: 1800-04-11 Death: 1881-08-28
has found great favour in my eyes
by the following passage which occurs in a
letter to Henry. “In your son Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

combining the scholar with the politician, in
such graceful proportions, refining his
political with his literary tastes, I must
also avow what I truly feel, a sincere
& most grateful regard.” On account of
some difference with Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
, which is finally ad-
justed, he was necessarily much with Fred
and indebted to him for some newspaper
article vindicating his policy. Wilkeson
Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02

is in the Tribune Office for the Winter – in
place of some one engaged in reporting.
Wednesday – Fanny was up yesterday and seemed
much better but had a bad night last
night. 10 oclock – Fanny has waked
up, taken a cup of chocolate and seems better.
I will not send for Peper
to day – her throat
is better, though she continues to cough.
Henry & Anna are having sundry conversations
in divers places a about those two decisions sires
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The invitations are to be issued to day
for next week – there are no bounds set
to the number which are to follow.
Henry purchased more silver yesterday
salt cellars & dessert spoons. He and Anna
& Lady Napier
Birth: 1823-12-20 Death: 1911-08-24
made some visits together.
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
is reading Miss Burney
Birth: 1752-06-13 Death: 1840-01-06
for Fanny &
taking good care of the silver. Louisa is
contemplating the arrival of large quantities of
provisions for the dinners with considerable
complacency. The weather is milder this
morning. From telegrapher reports from the
N. West I fear you have had exceedingly
cold weather.
Thursday morning –
Fanny was up a part of the day yesterday
and slept well last night. I think
she will be able to go out of the room
to day. I did not send for the Dr
He would have come 10 or 12 days if
I had. Your letter of Monday came
last evening. I will answer it tomorrow
I dreamed of you all. I think of you
going up to the old home with n
and the boys through the cold and
the crowd & am perfectly sensible what
a good sister you are. Love to Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
Your own Sister.