Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 1, 1834

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 1, 1834



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 1, 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: mmh 

revision: crb 2017-10-27

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Albany April lst
My Dearest Sister, I know how much you will be disappointed
to receive this letter when you are expecting to see us all
at home — if it will console you at all to know that my
disappointment equals your own I can assure that this
is the case — It seems almost impossible for me to remain
here another month the time appears as long in anticipation
as the whole four months did when I first came down — I
have no heart to undertake the disagreeable task of unpacking
my clothes which have been in readiness for our departure
since last Friday — When I wrote last I intended going
the next Monday to New York— Monday came the
day was unpleasant and I was not well and Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

not very much disposed to have me go so I staid
at home without any regret as I was so soon to
go to my own home — I employed the week in making
last visits and making a few purchases of toys for
the children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
— Thursday Henry myself and the two little
boys took tea at Weeds
x Birth: 1797  Death: 1858-07-03  Birth: 1797-11-15  Death: 1882-11-22 
— had a pleasant visit—
Saturday I put up the greater part of my clothes
had a box made as usual for extra's and made
every thing ready for our departure on Monday morning
Birth: 1792 Death: 1860-04-12
and Grover
Birth: 1775-05-10 Death: 1859-11-22
were to accompany us in an extra
stage — I went to Church Sunday morning and heard
a beautiful sermon from Mr Welch
Birth: 1794 Death: 1870
— came home
found Henry arrangeing his papers and determined
that afternoon to go to New York — In the mean time
Weed came up with great speed and said it would
be very improper for Henry to leave at this time
the business to be brought before the Senate would
require his attendance &c &c — Mr Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
joined him
and said he would go to New York with Henry
and make a compromise with the Grover and Gunn
Birth: 1801 Death: 1849

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creditors — They went Sunday afternoon at four oclock—Mrs
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
and I had only time to put up for them a change
of clothes — This morning they returned and Henry
was more than half inclined not to go home–an
interview with Weed and another with the Chancellor
Birth: 1788-10-26 Death: 1867-11-27

determined him to remain. I suppose until the close
of the session — no day is yet fixed for the ad-
journment but it will undoubtedly be as late as the
first last of this month or the first of May —
Mr Witby
was here today at dinner and the only
thing that has reconciled me at all to the idea of
staying is his description of the roads he says they
are nearly impassable — I presume they were never
much worse than at this time — It is unnecessary for
me to say how much the certainty of disappointing
you and our friends at home adds to the regret
I feel—My little boys particularly Augustus are very
very much grieved with this new arrangement —
Mary Ann with her usual good nature is employed
in unpacking and replacing the things in in their
former places — I had not today the heart to
do any thing about it — Weed has just been here
as he said to see how I felt disposed towards
him for being instrumental in disappointing me —
he has dwelt largely on the delights of travelling
over fine roads in two or three weeks and says
I must go to New York with him on Saturday —
I shall go to New York if Henry thinks it advisable
with Mrs Cary this week or next — Mrs Cary's nephew
Albert Brisba
Birth: 1809-08-22 Death: 1890-05-01
n has just returned from Europe
(where he has spent the last six years) bringing home
with him a young Italian lady for his wife — Mrs
Cary is anxious to see them and as they remain
in New York some weeks longer thinks she will go
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there and spend a few days — Mrs Brisban
 Death: 1889-11-14
the mother has
been in New York all winter awaiting the arrival of her
son — he has been married since last June and had never
informed his friends of the event—the first information
they had on the subject was the annunciation in the
shipping intelligence of the arrival of A. Brisban
and Lady — Mrs Cary feels very much grieved that he
has treated his parents with so little consideration
but as he appears to be a general favourite I imagine
matters will soon be satisfactorly arranged —
Henry found Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
and his family
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08  Birth: 1794-07-23  Death: 1839-10-25 
all well — Jennings
will be here some time this week on Sunday School
business — I received a letter from you last Thursday
and thought then it would be the last — now I shall
lose my letter this week and the time will drag
heavily along until another Thursday comes round
I shall [ direct ]


Reason: wax-seal
this letter to Auburn supposing y[ ou ]


Reason: hole

are th[ ere ]


Reason: hole
[ by ]


Reason: wax-seal
this time I wish it were possible f[ or ]


Reason: hole

me to [hole] you when we would can come home
but it is not — Mr
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
and Mrs Tracy
Birth: 1800 Death: 1876
spent the
evening here on Sunday — enquired affectionately about
you—they came to bid us good bye supposing
we were to start the next day and found Henry had
gone to New York — I have made all my ‘good bye’ visits
and shall have little to do in that way while I remain —
I wrote a note to Maryann Boardman
Birth: 1810-12-05 Death: 1875-11-03
telling her the
reason why I had not been to Troy — I think now
I shall certainly go there again in before I leave
Tell Cousin Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that I have bought for her the
prettiest little porcelain lamb that she ever saw — it
is a very tiny thing but extremely beautiful in my
eyes—it is all packed up ready for the journey — Fred
is not very well satisfied that he is not permitted to regale
his eyes with the sight of its wool every day — My next letter
I hope will be written with better spirits, with eyes which are not red
with weeping, and more interesting than this — if you are at Auburn
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remember to all kindly Your own sister Frances —
Mr & Mrs Cary send love as usual —
Mrs Alvah Worden
Care of Seward and Beardsley
Birth: 1807-05-30 Death: 1894-01-15

Auburn —



Type: postmark

[right Margin] If Mrs W. is not in Auburn
Mr Beardsley will please to
send this letter to Aurora