Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 18, 1837

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 18, 1837



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 18, 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: crb 

revision: crb 2015-10-19

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Sunday June 18th
My Dearest Sister,
I received your letter Friday – I
knew the Post's
Birth: 1803
would pass through Canandaigua and
thought they would see you. The marriage took place
Monday 11 A.M. at the Church. I believe there were
not many present except Mr Lucas
Birth: 1799 Death: 1839-08-25
family & the

. Mrs Wright
Birth: 1795 Death: 1852
and David
Birth: 1806-03-18 Death: 1897-02-24
came here Monday
but did not attend the wedding – they came to our
house immediately after dinner and remained until
the next morning – that is Mrs Wright did. David's
business kept him engaged until some time in the evening
the rain detained Mrs Wright here she intended returning
to the American. We we all engaged to Isaack's to
tea – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
went with Mr
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
& Mrs Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
– it rained
hard all the afternoon. Mrs Wright looks quite as
well I think better than I ever saw her. She made many
enquiries about you. I read your last letter excepting the
clause when you institute a comparison between her children
and those of the newly arrived family. I think Mrs Wight
rather a singular woman for so affectionate a friend she
occurs to me to be rather deficient in material tenderness
she said she left her children sick with the measles
or as she expressed it "having the measles" _______ Now it seems
to me that children who have the measles though they
may not be severely sick require all a mothers watchfulness
to keep them from undue exposure. I am sure that I could
not have even feigned the composure which she appeared
to feel – of course thier there was no necessity mistake for feigning
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with her as her leaving them at this time was entirely voluntary.
Her mother has been with her a week or fortnight. David went
to his business immediately after breakfast. Mrs Wright remained
was until about ten – she was to do some shopping – call on
Mrs Post and met David at the American–at dinner–
I invited her to remain here but did not urge it as much
as I should have done had I not made arrangements
for cleaning my room – this Maria
and I accomplished
in the course of the day and put the carpet down
in the evening. Henry Richardson
Birth: 1806
accompanied the Posts
to the Falls. I thought this quite a marvelous piece of liberality
in old for but as David contradicted me so positively when
I ventured to hint this. I suppose I must admit that
he is always equally liberal. The Dr and two of the
sisters also went they left here in Lark's
which Mrs W.
seemed to think they would dispense with after the 2d day.
Mrs Fosgate
 Death: 1848-03-10
says Serene
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
and Birdsall
Birth: 1791-05-14 Death: 1872-02-08
have been to Canandaigua
so I suppose that must have been the arrival you saw –
I forgot to mention in my last the marriage of Almira
Birth: 1787-01-21 Death: 1882-02-13
and Dr Clary
Birth: 1787 Death: 1863-05
of Throopsville – you have probably
seen it in the paper before this time. It was all very
new to me and astonished me exceedingly – but many
persons seem to have known it before – the first intimation
I recieved was the Newspaper notice – They were married
Sunday evening by Mr Hopkins
Birth: 1786-04-25 Death: 1862-06-27
at the Sand Beach – none of
the sisters from her were invited to attend the wedding
so they say. I hear that Dr is about moving
to Auburn. Josephine Finn
 Death: 1837-06-18
after lingering a week in
apparently great suffering, expired yesterday morning at ten
oclock, her funeral is attended at our church this af-
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I have been to church this morning and do not think I shall
attend the funeral. Friday we were invited to Mrs Porters
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29

but Mr Seward was quite sick – no one went from here
but Clara – she met all the Millers
x Birth: 1792-05-02  Death: 1866-01-14  Birth: 1791-04-30  Death: 1853-04-03 
Mrs Fosgate and Mr Fosgate
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11
. The same day I received another letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

saying his stay would necessarily be prolonged another
week so that he will not be home much before the 2nd of
July. I think I shall be ready if he wishes me to go on
to Chautauqua when he comes – but I hear nothing more
of Mary Kent
Birth: 1807-05-19 Death: 1901-01-10
– if she comes of course I shall stay at
home. I feel very indifferent about it on my own
account but I am desirous that you should go some-
where which I intend you shall – I will give you
to earliest notice I obtain. Henry has become acquainted
with Gov. Morehead
Birth: 1799 Death: 1854-12-28
of Kentucky with whom he is very
much pleased – he is as he says a "noble young Kentuckian
nearly 7 foot high and about 6 years my senior" – that
makes him about 40 – we should not have thought that
young 14 years ago. He purposes coming on to Auburn
with Henry. I wonder if he would not like to make
one of a party to Chautauque – The boys
x Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 
think that
parrot must be a beautiful bird ask a thousand
questions about his talking. I hardly know what to
say about your troublesome little visitor. I think I should
forbid her coming to my room at all hazards. Henry has
come – Tuesday morning. Well sis I have delayed this
letter nearly two days in order that I might give you some
decisive information ab about our journey but I am still pretty much
in the dark myself. Henry does not wish to go immediately to
Chautauquea he would like to rest awhile but his parents will not
go without him indeed Mr Seward is unfit to travel alone. he
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now more feeble than when he came – was bled yesterday – he would like
to go immediately but the present state of that weather and his want of
strength forbid. Henry thinks I had better go along but I am still
doubtful. I would rather it could be deferred but am not well on
how it can – as Henry thinks he will remain at Chautauqua the
remainder of the summer. I do not know how Mary Kent is
to be disposed of – I would not send this unsatisfactory letter
were I not afraid that its unusual delay will alarm you. I should
not be sur surprised if we were all to set off one day this week
but when or how I am totally unable to say. I hope you will hold
yourself & Fan
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
in readiness as I intend you shall go if I do. I know that is not
very convenient from my own experience but we cannot have all things as we
would. Should any determination be settled upon two days previous to
setting out I will apprise you but I may not know in time
for a letter to reach Canandaigua. Mr Sewards heart and spirits are very
variable and it is possible that he may relinquish his visit to Chautauqua entirely.
Your own sister
Mrs Alvah Worden


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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
Jun 18