Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Frances Miller Seward, July 7, 1822

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Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Frances Miller Seward, July 7, 1822



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Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Frances Miller Seward, July 7, 1822

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Troy, NY

transcription: kac 2014-09-01

revision: mhr 2015-01-01

revision: ekk 2015-09-08

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Auburn July 7th '22
My Dear Sister,
The loss of one foot affords me not only an excuse from
church but an opportunity to write you a short account of our proceedings in
these days. As people never lose their feet except it be for and in a good
cause I must go a little back to give you some idea of the extent of my
my misfortune. The last time I wrote I had just tied on my garters to
attend a splendid ball which was yet four days to come. Abby
was here
and of course Abijah Miller
Birth: 1779-02-14 Death: 1834-07-11
and his wife
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
as they are always nigh at
hand when they are least wanted. The 4th was ushered in with a
great noise of bells, cannon, boys, etc. At 11 everyone but I went
to hear the oration and returned in great wrath
Opposition of mind; reluctance; unwillingness • Opposition or stuggle of passions; resistance • Opposition of principles or qualities; inconsistency •
because his honor did
not speak out of a whisper. After church the world ate dinner in
a field and drank till they were carried out of it. At 6 in the after-
noon your humble servant (being bedecked) proceeded alone with Mr.
Certainty: Probable
to Mr. Walbridges
where we had a very pleasant ball—all your
friends [illegible] were there particularly Flemming
who often reminded me of
you not that he spoke to me but as he was always one of your
hangers-on the sight of him was sufficient to create a pleasing
association of ideas. Rathbone
Birth: 1802-10-16 Death: 1870-01-04Certainty: Possible
was there also who with one hand
in his pocket and the other on his head-no heart-frequently exclaimed
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"I really wish your sister here." And I can assure you my dear sister
he was not the only one who regretted your absence. About 1 oclock I made
preparations to depart when to my great grief Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
invited Caroline Forman

and Mr. Wilkenson
Birth: 1793-12-17 Death: 1866-03-11Certainty: Possible
to return with us. Caroline accepted the invitation and
Wilkenson promised to call in the morning. I suppose the little man had
a presentiment
The person who has the legal right or exclusive right to any thing whether in possession or not •
in his mind that he would have to sleep with C. Watson

as every bed in the house was filled with company. And here let me
observe that Caroline is a fool and Wilkenson is as stupid as many others
with whom I have the misfortune to be acquainted. Of course the next
morning was spent in most agreeable company for added to the
number now collected Hilem
Birth: 1791 Death: 1868-10-28Certainty: Probable
and Nancy
and soon after another
dumb man made their the appearance just as I had made up my
mind to take a comfortable nap—however Dr. Smith
Birth: 1780-12-27 Death: 1839-12-04
soon relieved me
from this vexing dilem ^m^ a for which I shall always be under everlasting
obligations. We soon went over to the prison and after dinner the disa-
greeable part of the community withdrew and left Abby and my-
self to make preparations for a party at Mrs. Hoskins
Birth: 1778-02-01 Death: 1866-12-17Certainty: Probable
The party was numerous and pleasant and but for a great inclina-
tion I had to sleep should have enjoyed it well. Sa[ t ]


urday we all went
to the Owasco for a ride in our own waggon and returned home
to reflect on the pleasures of the week. I will write as much as I
can every day until this is finished as it is impossible at present

[right Margin]
write to me on the subject and I will manage the affair. It really makes me
provoked with you to think how much interest you excite in Auburn. If I should
stay four years there would not be half as many enquiries made about me that
as there has respecting in two weeks—
You may expect Esq. Brown
with the pieces of your frock next week. By the by did you
receive a letter which I sent by Catalin
? Or did you see him? I believe Ward
is always
going to stay at Albany tho I have no particular wish for him to return only I want
common-place book. If you have a mind to you may let the citisens write in it—or
at least my favourites none else. *
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
says tell Fanny to be
a good girl and learn fast so that she may return soon. Aunt C.
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
sends love
Yours affectionately

[bottom Margin] She is in the muter gender of course her name must begin with a little W+
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to compose anything like a regular letter. Monday the 8
Abby left here this morning at an early hour. This afternoon I went
with Mr. Colt to call on the pretty Miss Fosgate
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
. I was really much
pleased with her she is agreeable, artless and unaffected. On our return
we found a party preparing to play whist which continued till
ten. I am now going to bed in hopes of hearing from you tomorrow.
Tuesday. Today we have been with a small party to Mr. Goodwin's

and returned home almost sick. Wednesday Uncle Lewis
Birth: 1787-06-11 Death: 1857-02-14
and Aunt
Birth: 1796 Death: 1836
are here they arrived about noon. All our friends at Romu-
are well—the little Lazette


did not accompany them. She is
an [ amusing ]


Reason: hole
smart child—of course is in a fine way
in the her namesake. Thursday. Uncle L. left
ing. This afternoon we have been to Mr. Sacketts
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02Certainty: Probable
with a party of
course we had a merry visit. Mrs. Hughes
and Stephen
were of
the company. I saw Dr. Colven
there who said he caught a glimpse
of you at the Springs. I do not know but the man told a
lie. I nope not. Friday. Today in the midst of a
thunder shower I received a call from Nickles
Birth: 1797-06-13 Death: 1867-12-13Certainty: Possible
if the man can
tell how I looked I will give him much praise as I know not myself
for I was fast asleep all the time at least when he came here
and I did get my eyes opened before he went away. Garry Sackett
has also been here and made an engagement to come again next
Sunday. Who knows what his business may be?!!

[right Margin] Wednesday 17th . Last evening Mr. C
[hole] to inform me that he was going to Troy
and wished to know if I had any [hole] "not but that he should certainly do
himself the honor of seeing my sister if I had not." As the man is in a very obliging
frame of mind I've concluded to send my delectable journal by him.
He is on his way to New York and is going to leave Auburn forever he will settle at Palmyra.
I expect you will have a most polite interview as he is as civil a man as the age produces.
You ask in one of your letters if we have seen anything of a Dr. Paine
from Montreal?
There has been such a man here with a letter of introduction to Pa but unfortunately
I only saw him from the window but this I can say if personal is an indication of
any good qualities we may expect much of him indeed everyone with whom he
had any acquaintance confirms my beliefs he is expected to return here in a
few weeks. This droll little man "Dow
" as you call him, was here a few weeks
ago he said you was ill the last time he called on you tho he believed you
had recovered when he left Troy. Your information respecting Miss Norton

and Gen. Marcy
Birth: 1786-12-12 Death: 1857-07-04Certainty: Probable
was not quite news the Carpenters

had told me of it before. I
presume he made Capt. Lynds
Birth: 1784 Death: 1855
his confid[ ante ]


. I am quite disappointed in Miss Norton
if she would willingly marry a man of his principles.
I wish to know if you expect or want to come home in August if so send
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Miss Frances Adeline Miller
Hand Shiftx

Joseph Colt

Certainty: Possible
Mr. Colt's compli-