Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 4, 1837

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 4, 1837
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Distributor:Seward Family Papers Project

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-06-04

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 4, 1837

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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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: gwg 

revision: crb 2015-10-16

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Sunday afternoon June 4th
My dearest sister I really began to think I never
should find time to write to you again. I have been too
sick two or three days of the last week and the remainder
of the time hurried. I was sick Monday when you left
Tuesday I kept my bed the greater part of the day
I think it was the effect of a severe cold from which
I have not yet recovered. Wednesday I was some better
but not able to keep up all day. Thursday I went with
Mr
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
and Mrs Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
to Mrs Hortons
Birth: 1816-05-11 Death: 1892-01-18
– we dined there and
came home to tea – it was very very w warm and uncom-
fortable riding. When we came home I found a letter from
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
whom we were expecting every hour, saying he must
return to New York and possibly to Philadelphia – yesterday
I received another letter – he was then in New York the 1st of
June – hoped to arrange his business the next day – we look
for him Tuesday though he said he should write
again. Friday Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
went with Mr and Mrs Seward to
the Owasco lake and yesterday I had Boyce
Unknown
come
and whitewash my room it having become so smokey
that I could endure it no longer. Mrs Fosgate
 Death: 1848-03-10
Mrs
Horner
Birth: 1780 Death: 1856-12-09
and Mrs Smith
Birth: 1801-08-15
had called so that upon the
whole you will perceive I have had very little leisure – add
to this the the vexation of spoiling a little silk frock coat
for Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
, and having the tailor do the same kind
office for a pair of pantaloons for Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
and you
have about the sum of my weekly experiences. Mr
Seward has become very impatient for Henry’s return – he has
a great many ill turns but is upon the whole much
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better than I expected to see him – his plan of travelling varies
with his feelings – sometimes he is going to travel the remain-
der of the summer through Ohio Indiana and Illinois
then an uncomfortable night convinces him it is best to
return immediately to Florida which he sometimes purposes
to do before Henry comes home. My impression is that
they will remain here until Henry comes and then will
wish us all to go on to Chautauqua together. I need
not tell you that this plan is by no means consonant
to my feelings or if I come along some time next
week you may take it for granted it is because
women do not rule here. I am just as much unprepared
as when you went away. Anna Benedic
Unknown
t has made that pair
of pantaloons and partly made the said silk coat[ . ]
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Reason: 

I have neither dress or hat and the boys are minus
at least two suits each. I hope you will be ready
to accompany as in the Telegraph - there is nothing
like brisk motion. Clara has been to Mrs Jenngings
 Death: 1886-04-10
and
Miss Riggs
Birth: 1806-11-10 Death: 1898-10-19
to look for hats. Mrs Jenning insisted upon
her taking one of the hats she had made for you which
Clara does not seem to relish exactly.
I am anxious to hear from you again I am afraid the ride
was too long for you. Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
came home between 4 & 5 the
next day long before I excepted him. Mrs Fosgate regretted
very much that you did not stay two or three days with
Serene
Birth: 1802
. I am sorry that you did not stay all night[ . ]
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Reason: 

The little boys missed Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
very much. How does the warm
weather agree with you. Mr Seward did not learn until
Monday afternoon that you had been here he expressed
much surprise that he did not see you. I could
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not help laughing when I thought of your encounter
in the kitchen. We all went to Church this morning
and this afternoon all have gone to Methodist meeting.
Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
has been unwell a day or two but not confined to
the house. John Williams
Unknown
never made his appearance
the basket is in safe keeping. Mrs Post
Birth: 1799 Death: 1848-03-11
and her son
Unknown
called on
to see you Wedns Monday – they did not come in when
they found you were gone. I think I will go to the store
tomorrow and if I can I will call on the Posts that
is if I go alone. My head aches violently do write
I will write again when Henry comes – your own sister
Frances
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
JUN 5
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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
June 5