Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 8, 1834

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 8, 1834



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 8, 1834

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mec 

revision: crb 2017-01-18

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Albany Wednesday 8th
My Dearest Sister, Another of your kind letters came yesterday
and I felt reproached for not sending one to you earlier. I
hope you will not get home before mine reaches Aurora
I sent it on Monday – that afternoon Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and Mr
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
Mrs Cary
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
went to see Mrs Tracy
Birth: 1800 Death: 1876
– they found her at
Mrs Lockwoods
Birth: 1791-06-21 Death: 1863-05-14
with a house full of ladies – in good
health and fine spirits – among the ladies was Mrs
Judge Nelson
Birth: 1805 Death: 1875-04
(alias Catherine Russell) who is to remain
in town four or five weeks. Mary Warren
 Death: 1851
and George
Birth: 1797-09-25 Death: 1879-05-08

called that afternoon upon me. Mary is enceinte (you
perceive how useful my french becomes) she looked thin
and pale I could hardly realize that it was the once beautiful
Mary Bowers – her mind is much the same it was when
we knew her – her manner very good and one might
talk a qarter of an hour with her on indifferent subjects
without discovering how vain how frivolous and how heart-
less she is. George is rather improved in his manners
does not talk the whole time of Dash
and his horses –
and occasionally advances an idea in which self does not
so entirely preponderate as to render it disgusting.
In the evening I went to the Theatre (N. B - I was to ill
to call on Mrs Tracy that afternoon) to see Forest
Birth: 1806-03-09 Death: 1872-12-12
Oralloosa – John C. Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
is here and although he
is now a Grandfather he retains all the enthusiasm
of a boy. I never was more disappointed in a man
he is very agreeable – well he persuaded
To influence by argument, advice, or intreaty • To convince by arguments, or reasons offered •
me to go
to the play – said there could be nothing finer than
this Tragedy performed by Forest and finally induced
me by his glowing description to go against my
better judgement. Mrs Cary was not so easily per-
suaded so I went alone with Spencer Uncle Cary
Henry Grover
Birth: 1828-02-28 Death: 1910-05-05Certainty: Possible
and Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
and Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
. I was
delighted with the play and although the Theatre
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was uncomfortably cold and I found my feet were aching when
I came home while there I was too much excited to be
sensible of any discomfort. Henry described this Tragedy
in one of his letters so much better than I can that I
shall not attempt it but cannot resist the impulse
of bringing home one of the bills to talk it all over with
you "when spring comes" as poor Gus says. Augustus
is very homesick and I am half inclined to send him
home with Beardsley
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15
who will be here this week.
I am fearful if I do so that I shall make myself
uncomfortable for the remainder of the Winter although
I know he would be as well taken care of at home the
apprehension that he might be ill would mo constantly
disturb me. This is pretty selfish reasoning I am sensible
when I know it would make the little boy more happy
and en contribute to the pleasure of all at home – but you
know all about it and will not love me the less for these
mother fears. Yesterday morning I put on for the first time
my new hat and pelisse
Originally a furred robe or coat but is now given to a silk coat or habit worn by ladies •
– but I have not described them for you
well then the pelisse is maroon silk much darker than my
merino dress made with a cape which is trimmed with
black lace – the cape is no smaller than was worn last
winter as the form is a matter of taste I selected one a
little different from the one I had made last winter –
bows up the front. Miss McLaren
made it – it fits very
well not quite as far off shoulders as it might be but does
very well – my hat is maroon uncut velvet the uncut being
more fashionable than the plain trimmed with ribbon of
the same colour and Mary ann
Birth: 1813-05-21 Death: 1842-01-25
says is very becoming
and Gussy says Ma looks much prettier in it than
she did in her straw bonnet. I had it made as large
as Mrs Roberts
 Death: 1889
conscience would allow but very
much smaller than those we wore last winter.
Cloaks are very much worn yet particutarly cloth
so you see my outward garments are all arranged. Miss
is making the poplin dress – it is to be a high dress
to wear at home as this miserable gross of green spectacles
in the form of black lutestring which I purchased last
winter is full of holes. I think I must get me a
new black silk and then I shall be done with the man-
taumakers. Do you thank me for writing a half page of this
frivolity. To proceed I put on the said hat a pelisse
and after receiving calls from Mrs Delevan
 Death: 1848
an Savage
 Death: 1837-04-06Certainty: Probable
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forth to kill as many birds with one stone as possible – that is I was
going to Mrs Lockwoods to see Aunty and to make formal calls
upon Mrs Nelson the Miss Colliers
Birth: 1803-05-01 Death: 1878-03-20Certainty: Possible
and Mrs Clary. I found
no one at home but the Miss Colliers – as there is nothing
particularly interesting about them I shall pass them by. I went
from there to Mrs Horners
Birth: 1813 Death: 1873-04-29
where I staid an hour Ann
was very agreeable and made me promise to come over every
other day in the morning bring both of the children and
stay all – to come every evening with my knitting work and
finally to come the next day to tea with Henry. She is
very friendly and does not much like the Albanians
who she says have been very polite to her but are so ceremoni-
ous – so different from the people in New York. I did
not see the baby as it was asleep but shall have that pleasure
this evening. I called at Mrs Rhoades
Birth: 1800-04-30 Death: 1876-03-01
"not at home" – I was
glad – on my way to the store I met Mrs Tracy and
Mrs Clary returning from a shopping excursion. I returned
with them – we all went to Mrs Cary's room and sat a few
minutes when the other ladies went home and I came
to my room to dress for dinner – before dinner Mrs Porter
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29

and Mrs La Forge
Birth: 1789 Death: 1876-12-17Certainty: Possible
called – and Mrs Dr James
called and invited
us there to tea that evening. I promised to go if my head did
not ache too hard and Mrs Cary accepted the invitation
without conditions – but my head did ache and I staid at
home and heard Henry and Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
talk which you know was
much more pleasant. This morning I find I have a delightful
cold in my head. Henry has gone to the Senate. Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
has been
in and says John
Birth: 1802 Death: 1839-07-22
is getting better decidedly. I thought I would
just commence a letter to you and you see what I have written
I have been interrupted but once. Mrs Norton
and her mother

called. Rathbone was here last evening previous to going to the
party at Dr James
Birth: 1805-12-17 Death: 1879-03-21Certainty: Possible
– his eyes were regaled with the sight
of your hand writing – he never fails to examine it very
closely and expatiate
To open at large; to wander in space without restraint • To enlarge in discourse or writing •
fluently on the beauty of your penmanship
we were very sorry that you had been sick and very glad that
you were better – he insists upon the propriety of your spending
the winter here and urged the matter so strongly that I reminded
him that you had a husband at home a circumstance which he
appeared to have entirely forgotten. I read him your message
and listened to another eulogy on the beauty of the composition
he says I must tell you that he cannot proceed any further
in the negotiation until he hears the name of the elect lady
as says I may assure you upon his honour he is not engaged.
Now I wont write one word more today I have not got one
word of my french lesson and Henry will be home in half an
hour. As Miss Bissel
says you are so agreeable I have
staid much longer than I intended.
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
My dear Sis, I wish you were here – we have such clean nice rooms attentive servants and are so
little annoyed by the visits of persons indifferent to us. Frances has been struggling I believe successful-
ly to avoid a long illness of fever such as hastened your advent among us last winter. Gus is
weary of his phantasmagoria and I wish your little Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
had it to amuse her long winter eve-
nings at Aurora. Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
grows in beauty and knowledge though not in stature. I have had the hypo
but begin to find occupation enough to enliven my spirits - I steal time to write this postscript - your own H
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Hand Shiftx

Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Saturday night – I must close and send this letter tonight
without writing as much as I intended. I went to Mrs Horners
and made a very pleasant visit on Wednesday. Thursday I
returned some calls and yesterday Mrs Cary and I spent
the morning shopping. Today I have had all day so
violent a headache that I could not do anything.
Catherine Nelson and her Husband
Birth: 1792-11-10 Death: 1873-12-13
called this morning
and Weed and Tracy have been here part of the afternoon
Henry has gone to dine at the Eagle – tomorrow I must
write to Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
or Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
. Mrs Cary sends love – my kiss
for Frances – your own sister Frances
Mrs Alvah Worden
Cayuga County


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