Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Sarah D. Hance, February 26, 1863

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Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Sarah D. Hance, February 26, 1863



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Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Sarah D. Hance, February 26, 1863

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sender: Lazette Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01  Death: 1875-10-03

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Sarah Hance
Birth: 1820-01-25  Death: 1867-06-10

location: Macedon, NY

transcription: dxt 

revision: tap 2018-07-27

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Auburn February 26th
My dear Sarah,
I thank you for your very kind
letter and for the interest you take in my health –
Which I am glad to say is much better than
it was at the commencement of winter – It
seemed very pleasant to see your familiar hand
writing once more – & to be assured of your con-
tinued interest in me – I was sorry to hear of
your mother's
Birth: 1794-02-24 Death: 1862-06-26
death – and I know how loveless &
desolate your father's
Birth: 1782-09-27 Death: 1888-04-18
home must seem without
her – & you know dear Sarah how broken our
family circle seems without our dear Aunt
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
She was the youngest of a family of ten children
x Birth: 1779-09-02  Death:   Birth: 1777  Death:   Birth: 1784  Death:   Birth: 1774  Death: 1850-01-31  Birth: 1790-05-28  Death: 1856-05-10  Birth: 1787-06-11  Death: 1857-02-14  Birth: 1770  Death: 1813  Birth: 1772-04-11  Death: 1851-11-13 

& the last to leave us – How terrible the separa-
tion would seem were not sure of a reunion
hereafter – I am glad our dear Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
to you from Washington – I wish you could see
her at 18 – Tall and attractive in person, she
has the simplicity of a child – Her father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
very glad to have her with him & she is de-

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are enjoying the conviction that
they are free – Last week an
act passed both Houses of Congress incorporating
an association to build an asylum for desti-
tute women & children of color.” Here I am
at the very last of my paper without saying

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half I want to – I will write again in the
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lighted to be with him – Fanny has been
much in society this winter & has enjoyed it
exceedingly – Which surprised her mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
myself not a little – She has always been so
shrinking that we supposed she would never
relish the whirl & excitement of fashionable
life – I was in Washington three weeks &
spent all the time I was well enough to go out
in visiting hospitals and seeing everything
I could, in connection with the war. Of
course I saw much to pain – for "war" as Win-
Birth: 1828-09-22 Death: 1861-06-10Certainty: Probable
says "wounds us all a little" – but I was
more encouraged by the patriotism, the
self denial & earnestness of the few than
I was discouraged by the selfishness, cruelty
& dishonesty of the many – for who has ever
seen any cause with all of adherents
or even a majority of them – good & pure –
Among all I saw I saw no man I admired
more than Gen. Butler
Birth: 1818-11-05 Death: 1893-01-11
– he is wonderful
for his sagacity, energy & unshrinking
courage – He has done a work at N. Orleans
which no other ^man^ in the U. States could ^have^ accomplished
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and I would to day be willing to have
all our army under his control not fearing
but he would, either with sword or pen –
or both – work out the great problem of
universal Freedom – I wish you could see
him – his very presence gives you confidence
in his powers – It was a great mistake to
remove him & I think Every one is now con-
vinced it was – I am sorry he declines
the same position a second time – You speak
of the colored race – I wish those people
who think they cannot take care of them-
selves would read the reports I do – Of Gen
Birth: 1824-10-19 Death: 1908-02-23
& Gen Higgenson
Birth: 1823-12-22 Death: 1911-05-09Certainty: Probable
testimony of
their bravery fidelity & temperance as
soldiers – of Mrs Gage
Birth: 1834-09-28 Death: 1909-03-16
who is at Beaufort
teaching them – who says they are in every
respect more honest, intelligent & religious
than the same class of whites – of Burnside
Birth: 1824-05-23 Death: 1881-09-13

& Mitchell
Birth: 1838-11-06 Death: 1894-11-07
who have both said that they
held all the coast of South Carolina (which
we took) entirely through the vigilence
& bravery of the blacks – And lastly the

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My daughter
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
and her boy
Birth: 1854-02-13 Death: 1931-05-23
are with me now
she is well & desires to be kindly remembered to you
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report of the Secretary of the Treasury
Birth: 1808-01-13 Death: 1873-05-07
– Who
informs us they have a surplus fund of $500,000
of their own earnings often deducting their
support & the support of many lazy whites
therefrom – but such persons read
nothing & will not hear what others say
who are informed – I am glad the good
people of Macedon are sending aid to the
Freedmen – a great deal is being done everywhere
by noble men & women – a great deal more
must be done – In Washington the “contrabands
camp” is a place of great interest – many
of the most influential & cultivated men
& women in the city are actively engaged
in doing good there – it is in charge of a
committee of intelligent gentlemen who ap-
point a superintendent & matron – respon-
sible persons – to take charge of it – The men
are employed by government – as teamsters –
(I saw a train of 54 six horse army wagons pass-
ing through the avenue – all driven by men
who were chattles a year ago) as laborers in
the navy yard or in private families – the
women who are able bodied are employed
as laundresses & cooks – the children & in-
firm adults are well taken care of & all

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course of a few weeks & in the meantime believe me
L M Worden
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Miss Sarah D. Hance
Macedon Centre
N. York
FEB 28


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