Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 20, 1838

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 20, 1838



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 20, 1838

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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: msr 

revision: tap 2017-10-16

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Auburn Tuesday 20th 1838
My dearest Sister,
I received your letter yesterday
it seems to have been three days on the road—
I am sorry to hear your cough is no better—I should
think calomel would reduce your strength nearly
as much as bleeding. I have great faith in the
efficacy of the mercurial ointment having
frequently used it myself, but it requires great
caution and no inconsiderable degree of patience.
If the weakness of your eyes proceeds from a dis-
ordered stomach would not Beckwiths pills be
of service—they are sometimes very efficacious—
I do wish you would try and see Dr Rosecrans
Birth: 1797-12-15 Death: 1852-07-04

if you cannot get any word to him address
him a note by the Post Office—You do not
seem to feel the absolute necessity there is of
doing something immediately – In your present
feeble state should disease become fairly seated
upon your lungs I should apprehend the
worst consequences – I know how hard it is for
any one to make such exertions for themselves but
does not your duty to your child
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
require it?
I have often seen the time when I could have
watched calmly the progress of disease which
was to terminate my existence—worn out as
I was by a long protracted illness— Had it
not been for the untiring perseverance of the best
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of men I should have yeilded without a struggle
to what I considered my destiny – It seems
marvellous to me now that I could have been
so indifferent to my children
x Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 
——my feelings
were morbid—my energies prostrated—Yet this
was far from being submissive or Christian resignation
it was impatience of living because the ails
of life had become unendurable—God grant
that I may never have a return of those
feelings—the days of sickness come frequently
now and drag wearily along but a submissive
spirit renders them it much more tolerable
I have received two letters from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
since I wrote
he will probably be at Canandaigua Thursday
or Friday if he does not kill himself with work
he said he was working 16 hours each day
to arrange his business so as to leave this week –

Editorial Note

Jared Lewis Rathbone
Birth: 1791-08-02 Death: 1845-05-13
(August 2, 1791 - May 13, 1845) or George Rathbone
Birth: 1802-10-16 Death: 1870-01-04
(1803 - January 5, 1870)
was to meet him at Batavia so you will
have the pleasure of seeing him.
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
have not decided upon
a house yet—they have about a dozen in view
but most of them are unpleasantly situated – I do
not think they will leave before the 1st of May
Mary Blood
left last Tuesday—the girl

we have—has a very bad character and is far
from neat—spends much of her time in the
streets—but we must keep her until we
can do better of which there is no immediate
prospect—She went out yesterday to make
some calls—went to Mrs Smiths
—she says Smith
Birth: 1791 Death: 1838-09-06

is no better I should think from her account
he is failing—he cannot use either of his arms
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suffers extremely with pain—has lost his appetite and
is very much depressed in spirits—can take
but little stimulus of any kind—we did not
see him—found Mrs Lucas
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
very much engaged
in having the Church enlarged – I cannot conceive
the motive as it is never full now—
Went to see Sally Bacon
Birth: 1806 Death: 1895-12-10
and Mary Ann Nichols

who is staying with her—Mary ann had gone out
Sally is so dreadfully changed that I scarcely
knew her—she is very thin—her skin which
was once so fair is dark and rough &
her eyes weak and inflamed–how horrible
it is that she can never recover from the
effects of that loathsome disease—
We made a long call at Mrs Compstons
Birth: 1800 Death: 1851-06-04

where we found them all at home and kind
and friendly as usual—they made many
enquiries about you—
If Rathbone comes this way I shall send
the black veil by him—I wonder I did not
think of it when Mrs Sherwood

Editorial Note

Henrietta Sherwood
Birth: 1796-03-24 Death: 1852-11-14
(March 24, 1796 – November 14, 1796) or Phila Sherwood
Birth: 1794-02-11 Death: 1866-02-03
(February 11, 1794 – February 3, 1866)
went, but I had gone
to bed with the sick headache when her man came to let
me know she was going—Clara says I can tell you
that she meets with the society this after noon
which signifies visiting in company with Warren
Birth: 1806-07 Death: 1891

and his wife
Birth: 1810 Death: 1895
Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
and Mrs Yates
Birth: 1813-09-16 Death: 1891-03-23
—they all
meet at a Mrs Woods


Certainty: Probable
who lives somewhere on Governor
street—Mrs Yates has just been here—Martha
Birth: 1792-05-02 Death: 1866-01-14
has gone
to stay at Schenectady until Isaac
Birth: 1791-04-30 Death: 1853-04-03
returns from Albany
One of our ponies
is sick—not the one that was lame
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
called a Dr
last evening love to Fanny
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24

your own Sister –
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Mrs Alvah Worden


Type: postmark
MAR 21
bad as the world
respect is always

Editorial Note

This is a quote from a 1777 sermon. The full quote is "Bad as the world is, respect is always paid to virtue."