Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 10, 1838

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 10, 1838
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Date:1838-05-10

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 10, 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

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revision: crb 2017-03-08

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Auburn May 10th
My dearest Sister
I began to think I never should
get an opportunity to write to you – we have had
a visitation from Gerry
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
and his Henglish wife
Birth: 1798-01-05 Death: 1851-03-18

which is just terminated – they came yesterday
in all this rain and mud – the visit would
in all probability have been considerably longer
had not Peter made a mistake about the horses
which Sackett directed him to take to Capt Chase
Birth: 1785-04-07 Death: 1853-01-01

Peter understood him the Exchange – once there
they could not well be brought away and
carried to Chase – there was not room in our
barn for them – I consider this a very fortunate
occurrence – Peter recieved a suitable reprimand
for his stupidity – I now have asked him whether
it was really a misunderstding – that is doubtful
Mrs Sackett is a singular woman but not
entirely deficient in sense as I once thought
her – just mediocre – no more – she talked much
more than she did at the time we made
that unfortunate visit – has a great deal to
say about prices and wages &c &c – I recieved
your letter yesterday and do not wonder that
you thought writing a letter a serious undertaking
this dismal weather depresses one and converts
"mole hills" into "mountains" – There was a rail
road meeting yesterday – McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
gave a packet
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containing your dress, my veil and some other
articles which you mentioned, in charge to Mr
Bemis
Birth: 1783-07-01
of Canandaigua, who was here attending the
meeting – did I send all you wished McClallen
seemed to think the packet pretty ponderous
but we have taken larger and I thought nothing
of it – are you acquainted with Mr Bemis or
his family? – I do not know what to say about the
hat which you have not got yet it seems – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

went to the Milliners yesterday with Mrs Sackett
she saw some Florence Tuscans, flats I think, for
10$ but could not tell much about the quality
I will go out and take observation myself
as soon as the weather will permit – Mrs Throops
Birth: 1806-02-11 Death: 1872-06-17

hat which I mentioned is Leghorn – Eliza Horner
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31

says leghorn
A light chariot or carriage with very low wheels used for taking the air in parks and gardens • a cover for the head sometimes used by ladies •
was worn considerably in Albany
last Fall and she thought would be fashionable
this summer – would you prefer the leghorn
A light chariot or carriage with very low wheels used for taking the air in parks and gardens • a cover for the head sometimes used by ladies •
if they
were more fashionable – I can hardly tell but
think I should – I will write more on this subject
as soon as I can get out – I know you want
your hat immediately – that is anticipating some
sunshine this month – Mrs Sackett did not
suit herself I fancy did not intend to – only
wished to see the fashions and enqure prices –
she certainly is as deficient in taste as any
person I ever saw having on no less than 5 colours
and those by no means indefinite –
Cornelia Pitney
Birth: 1811-10-06 Death: 1838-05-09
died last night – she has been
failing one or two weeks – she sank under the
reducing process to which her father
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
thought it
necessary to subject her for the inflammatory
rheumatism
Applied to animals - quickness or acuteness of scent • Quickness or acuteness of discernment or penetration; readiness of apprehension; the faculty of readily discerning and distingusihing ideas, and of separating truth from falsehood •
Mary
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
and Kit
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
came the day
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before her death – she manifested great repugnance
to seeing or conversing with any one though she
seemed sensible. – She never exchanged a word
with Mary – closed her eyes whenever she came near
the bed and when her father told her she was
near the end of her life said she did not wish
or could not talk about it – she was so unwilling
that any one should be in the ^room^ except Caroline Harris
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and her father that it was not until the
shade of death had dimmed her sight that
Mary ventured to remain in the room – This
can in no way be accounted for but by supposing
some abberration of mind perhaps occasioned by
excess of stimulus – It is fortunate that Mary
is deficient in sensibility – it seems to me that
it would kill me to part in this way
with a loved sister – The funeral is to take
place Saturday – Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05
is confined to her bed –
I have a letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
today – he is uncertain
about coming home – may be here this week but it will
be only for a visit – to return again in a few weeks and
complete his business – lazy day and Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
were all there –
he writes nothing new – thinks of visiting George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07

whose wife
Birth: 1812-09-30 Death: 1848-10-18
is very sick – Tell Cousin Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

I cannot get much assistance from the boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 

about naming the Dog
Unknown
– Fred thinks Busker a good
name because Mr Weed’s dog is named Busker – but as
I cannot tell why this name was given him it will not
answer the purpose – Fred proposes Keeper, Jowler, Watch
but I do not think any of them preferable to those
you mentioned – I should like to see the fat clumsy
creature – Frances will love him very much –
your own Sister
Frances
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN MAY 11 N.Y.
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