Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 14, 1838

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 14, 1838
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Date:1838-05-14

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 14, 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: sss 

revision: crb 2017-03-08

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Monday May 14th 1838
My dearest Sister,
I have no letter from you to answer
but on account of the bonnets I write again sooner
than I should otherwise do – I went to the milliners
Friday – I found some very pretty Florence Tuscan
cottages – “Victoria’s” as they are styled – the same in
a different form which I believe is very fashionable
but is not pretty, they look much as our old
leghorns
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 •
did when we laid them one side perhaps
larger – the price of the Tuscans 10$ – I also saw
some Leghorn flats – they are worn whole as we
used to wear them at Troy some have a small
piece taken out behind this is according to fancy
the Leghorns were from 16 to 20 $ – I objected to
the Tuscans that they were so heavy – Miss Striker
Unknown

said she expected some this week of as fine a texture
as the Leghorns and equally light – they will of
course be a higher price – she will recieve both
“Victorias” and the other form – Now shall I get one
for you and which shall it be – I can hardly advise
I think you would admire the cottages as much as I do
but I have no doubt that by next summer Leghorn
will be more worn than Tuscan – I may be mistaken
in this calculation however – You know just what
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 •
hats look like – very square in their stays
but we shall soon get accustomed to this – fashion beautifies
all – next season so – – I spent the greater part
of the day Friday attending Mr Myres
Unknown
examination.
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Mrs Porter
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29
being sick sent to request me to go and hear
Charles
Birth: 1826-01-18 Death: 1910-08-28
examined as his father
Birth: 1790-10-24 Death: 1874-02-03
would be in court –
I enjoyed the performance very much though all
the other ladies complained of weariness – Even while
the boys were reading Greek, which was utterly incompre-
hensible to me, I was amused by watching the changes
of their ever varying countenances – The recitations
which I heard were in Greek Latin Algebra and
Arithmetic – I was sorry I was too unwell to go in
the evening and hear the compositions – Charles passed
a good examination it is evident he applies himself very
closely to his studies as he did not manifest any
extraordinary quickness of apprehension – Montgomery
Throop
Birth: 1827-01-26 Death: 1892-09-11
is to accompany his uncle
Birth: 1784-08-21 Death: 1874-11-01
to Naples – as he
was to leave Monday the examination was hastened
that he might be present – he seems to be the
prodigy – he is a very smart boy and by no
means unconscious of his powers – I came home
to my quiet little school perfectly satisfied – Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

reads latin quite as well as Mr Myres class is
Virgil
 Publisher: J. Dodsley Place of Publication:London Date: 1790
and Sanfords
Birth: 1799-02-24 Death: 1861-03-29
gentle unpretending manner of
teaching contrasts beautifully with Myres coarse
assuming self sufficiency – Saturday afternoon
we attended Cornelia Pitney’s
Birth: 1811-10-06 Death: 1838-05-09
funeral at the old Church
Mr Hopkins
Birth: 1786-04-25 Death: 1862-06-27
preached a very good sermon no way
objectionable except the allusion to the deceased and
the address to the mourners – which I always think
better dispensed with entirely – After the services were
concluded the coffin was opened and the congregation
all invited to examine the remains of the deceased –
how barbarous this custom is – The Dr
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
for the
first time in his life seems afflicted – Mary
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
conducts
with her usual selfish insensibility – Poor Caroline
Birth: 1806

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who has nursed Cornelia night and day with
a sisters tenderness, feels her death very sensibly – I
shall have a thousand anecdotes to tell you when
we meet that cannot be written –
I recieved a letter yesterday from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
he was about
leaving New York for a few days to go to his fathers
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24

has given up the idea of coming home for a visit
before his business is completed – I never saw
the speech to which you allude – I believe the
people at the office do not intend minister
to my pride by allowing me this kind of
gratification – Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
has been with Henry some
days he says they have had a refreshing
season – they went with Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
on the Steam
Ship as far as the Narrows – Have you
seen the “Palmyra letters”
Author: William Ware Publisher: C. S. Francis Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1838
I never knew until a
day or two ago that they were published in a
volume – they appeared first in the Knickerbocker –
the letters purport to have been written by a Roman
during the reign of Aurelian – one who had become
a convert to Christianity – they are exceedingly
interesting and evince
To show in a clear manner; to prove beyond any reasonable doubt • to conquer •
great talent – Harriet Martineau
Birth: 1802-06-12 Death: 1876-06-27

speaks in high terms of them – the author
Birth: 1797 Death: 1852
I believe
is unknown – Sanford brought me the book and
reads one letter every day – Tell Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
that Augustus
I think in the course of the Summer will turn into a duck
he talks of nothing else – sees and hears nothing else – I heard
him telling his Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
this morning that he rather thought
one of his ducks had commenced sitting – this has been an event
of the last importance if she should actually sit I think
Augustus will be obliged to have a bed in the barn to watch
her and ascertain just the time when the little ducks escape
from the shell – your own Sister Frances –
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Mrs Alvah WordenCanandaigua
AUBURN N.Y. MAY 15
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