Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 6, 1833

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 6, 1833



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 6, 1833

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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: Aurora, NY

transcription: mec 

revision: crb 2017-12-23

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Friday afternoon–
My Dearest Sister,
I did not get home the other evening until
nearly 8 oclock, the roads had become very bad and Mr George

had more business than usual to transact. I found Mr
Birth: 1809-11-29 Death: 1846-03-30
very agreeable and gentlemanly. That old deaf
insisted upon talking constantly although he could not
hear a single word. Mr Leonard answered him by signs until
he became weary and then he talked and asked questions innu-
merable without being answered. Asked if I was a married
woman? – a milliner? – or whether I had ever seen him at
Mr Bostwicks
Birth: 1801-08-08 Death: 1853-07-06
– said he was sure he should know me if I
would only let him see my face – I was heartly glad
when he had talked himself to sleep. I found all well at
home and above all my little Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
– he had been perfectly
well and very nice the whole time – he was delighted to
see me and thought the little boat the most complete
affair imaginable. I shall never leave him again when
he is unwell but I cannot but be provoked with myself
for my nervous apprehensions about him. I reproached
myself with having been very dull and insensible to all
your kindness when I might have been so happy.
I found a letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
saying he should be home
in a day or two – that the Court of Errors had taken a recess
until the 18th when he would be obliged to return to Albany
and wished me to be in readiness to accompany him
as he could not think of coming home again this winter.
It seemed impossible for me to get ready – all my sewing
unfinished and not a word from Mary ann
Birth: 1813-05-21 Death: 1842-01-25
–but who
should come into my room about four the next morning,
but Henry himself – he left Albany Sunday afternoon – had
rode all night two nights in succession –was very much fatigued
as usual Henry made all smooth and convinced me that it
would be the easiest thing in the world to get ready to go
He wrote to Mr Brownell
the next day—we have received no
answer – but if Mary ann does not come Sarah Andrews
Birth: 1811 Death: 1874
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going so I shall have no more uneasiness on that score. Sarah
wishes to go very much I and hopes Mary ann will not come
I do not know who Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
will get. I was not willing
to take Sarah away on her account – but she thinks she
will find some one and can do with Maria a few days.
I have sent some of my work to Maria Hall
Birth: 1796-07-10
. Eliza
is coming
to sew for me next week – the week after we start prob-
ably on Monday. I shall be but half ready after all – but
I prefer this to having Henry come home again or going down with
any other person. Henry has taken rooms at Bements which
he thinks I will like – says the house is well kept – the
rooms are larger than those we had last winter-on the
2nd floor. Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
is yet at Congress Hall but is uncertain
whether he will remain there until he hears from Harriet
Birth: 1800 Death: 1876

which he had not when Henry left him. Landon
Birth: 1802-08-22 Death: 1860-03-04
raised the price of his rooms which appears to be something
of an objection – however I think they will remain there –
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
and Mrs Cary
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
have not gone down but are supposed
to be on the way in their own carriage – Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
the little niece
Birth: 1819 Death: 1884-09-30
accompanying them. They had sent on
to engage rooms at Congress hall but it is uncertain about
their going there as the rooms are all engaged but A—
Henry is very anxious to see you and I cannot
think of going away without seeing you again – can you
not come out the next Saturday. We will have a good
Sunday together and perhaps we will not go until Tuesday
I know the roads are bad but it is not far when you
once get started and I did not find it very unpleasant
although we came so slowly. It is possible that there
may be some alteration in the weather which will
render travelling more tolerable before that time. But
if you are not sick you must certainly come I shall
go away with a heavy heart if you do not. You can
stay there and make your visits. I went to Mrs Jennings

and told her she must certainly make the hoods this week
which she engaged to do – she had received her fur
and appeared to be willing that you should have a hat
made to suit yourself – which I considered very mar-
vellous. Henry and I called at Perry's
Birth: 1807 Death: 1875
Wednesday evening.
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
said you must certainly come and see her when
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you come out – regretted very much that she was not at home
when you called – we called also at Vredenburghs
Mrs V

has ascertained that you are living at Aurora as she asked
me how you liked it. Yesterday afternoon Clary was invited
to Burgess' – she went and met a number of young ladies
xyoung ladies


we thought it a strange time to have company when the
mud was a foot deep and concluded Elizabeth
Birth: 1805 Death: 1875-11-28
going to be married – but no such event occurred –
Today Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
is sick. Polly Ingalls is here making
Clary's coat and Sarah Scott
Birth: 1811 Death: 1837
is here ironing for me.
Next week I expect Eliza Andrews and Maria Hall
to sew for me and Mary Ann. I do not think
we shall be lonely. I have so many things to think of
that I think I feel some as Aunt Eliza
Birth: 1784
did when you
was there. By the way she and Ezra
Birth: 1790-05-28 Death: 1856-05-10
were here when I got
back – they went out to do some shopping that evening
and the next day Aunt Eliza was so sick that she
could not go home. They started Wednesday morning.
As usual they were in great tribulation about Aunt Patty
Birth: 1777Certainty: Probable

had a long and very unsatisfactory conversation with Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

on the subject – did not go away very well pleased –
will talk more on these matters when you come o[ ut ]


Reason: hole

which you must not fail to do. Did I tell you [ that ]


Reason: hole

Henry brought me a pretty ivory card case from Paris. But
the best part of the joke is that he did not bring it
for me but for you. I have been sporting it at
a rate since he has been gone on the other
evening he told me as he saw it in my hand at
Vredenburghs that he bought it on purpose for you.
So you shall have it if you will be a good girl and
come out here. Without having communicated his intentions
to me Henry was very much astonished that I had not
carried it out to you – thinking that I had the power of
divination. Tell cousin Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that a naughty boy
Mr Cherry's
stole cousin Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
hat at school today
and ran away with it – he was a large boy and Augustus could
not get the cap from him so he came crying home bare headed
After dinner he and his Pa went up to Mr Cherry's and found
the cap hanging on the fence – Now dont you think he was a very
naughty boy and very mean withal to tease a boy smaller than
himself– your own Sister Frances
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Mrs Alvah Worden–


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