Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 5, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 5, 1840



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 5, 1840

action: sent

sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Albany, NY

receiver: Lazette Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01  Death: 1875-10-03

location: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: lmd 

revision: tap 2017-06-29


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Monday morning – Oct 4
My dear Sister, I am just on the eve of departing for Spring
Lawn — that long promised visit must be made so I am going
home tomorrow with Mr
Birth: 1802-02-08 Death: 1884-06-07
and Mrs Webb
 Death: 1848-07-01
who have been here since
Saturday — How much I wish I was going to see you or that
you were with me — Dear Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is expecting me home
with Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
but I believe it will not answer to return
so soon — I hope yet to go home in November, but I think
I shall be obliged to go and leave company here as I
am allowed no respite — The prospect of spending a winter
in this way sometimes deprives me of all courage but
we must all walk in the path which He appoints
without murmuring — How thankful I am that we do not
“live always” — Thursday I spent the day or that part
of the day which was not devoted to household affairs in
purchasing some necessary articles and looking up
a tailoress to make a pair of pantaloons for Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

Friday Mrs Blatchford
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
passed through Albany on her
way to Lansingburgh and inasmuch as Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
did not

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I have not thanked you for your kind letter which was read
with great zest by us all — Henry has promised Sib
Birth: 1796-11-06 Death: 1852-09-08
to write
to his wife
Birth: 1802-01-29 Death: 1877-05-21
while he is gone t Green, Chenango Co – to make a
speech — you will probably hear of the letter —
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get up early enough to see her off in the boat as
he was requested to do by his father
Birth: 1798-04-23 Death: 1875-09-04
I concluded to accompany
him to Lansingburgh and make her a call, at the same time
Henry wished me to go to Troy and call again on Mrs Averill
Birth: 1804-09-05 Death: 1875-09-05

Webb’s sister because her servant
was so stupid as not
to give her the card I left there last Spring — It was
exceedingly inconvenient for me to leave home but there
seemed to be no alternative — so off we went at 10 oclock
called on the Averill’s
Birth: 1801-03-15 Death: 1854-08-27
who were “not at home” — while
Henry went to return Mrs r Dickenson
s call I went to see
Mrs Boardman
Birth: 1773-10-08 Death: 1846-03-02
whom I found about as well as
last winter but no better — all things there remain in
statu quo — we were there but a few moments many
affectionate enquires were made about you — Then
we drove to Lansinburgh to old Mrs Blatchford
Birth: 1767-11-19 Death: 1846-12-02
where we saw the old Lady herself, a very prim old
lady she is — a maiden daughter

Editorial Note

Either Sophia Blatchford
Birth: 1800-08-21 Death: 1875-02-14
or Mary Milford Windeatt Blatchford
Birth: 1790-01-24 Death: 1847-08-17
of an uncertain age
and Sam’s mother with little Julia
Birth: 1834-10-04 Death: 1922-06-24
— Mrs Blatchford
was very pleasant enquired about you (while Sam
looked studiously the other way), but would not promise
to come and see me — I have no doubt she feels
piqued, without the least reason, because I did
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not visit upon her visiting me last Winter while I
was sick in bed — Julia is a pretty, spoiled, child —
looks like Sam — We came away after half an hour
leaving Sam for the night — it was now 3 and we
were to take dinner at home — we reached here a little
after 4 – oclock – had been at home but an hour when
dear little Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was taken violently ill — he vomited 2
hours with intervals of 10 or faster minutes — I finally
became so much alarmed that I sent for Dr Williams
Birth: 1784-09-19 Death: 1870-12-08
— I
discovered that Willie had been fed a quantity of improper food
during my absence but was apprehensive that his sickness
might be produced by a fall which he had in the
morning — The Dr relieved my apprehensions about
the fall and imputed his sickness entirely to his food —
a simple prescription relieved him so that I did not
administer the portion of Calomel which the Dr left — he is
now as well as ever again but O the trials which I
have with Mary — she is more thoughtless and heedless
than Maria – without loving Willie half so well —
It appears a long time until November — I hope Willie
will not be permanently injured — but really think him
in danger — Saturday Mr and Mrs Webb came from Saratoga
after tea — then an oyster supper — poor Harriet
Birth: 1807 Death: 1888-08-20
who –
like all industrious people has more than her share
of the work – did not get to bed until one oclock
does not wear like Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
and Harriet I
doubt whether I ever find any one that does — Yesterday
we went to Church in the morning — in the afternoon we
all took care of your little boy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
with his long hair — Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22

was here to tea — Webb is a very amiable
Worthy of love; deserving of affection; lovely; loveable • Pretending or showing love •
man in his
“domestic relations” — he certainly evinces more love and
respect for his wife than any person of my acquaintance
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plays with the children
Birth: 1836-05-25 Death: 1908-10-01
until he has quite won their hearts —
To day we are all hurry hurry — Henry is preparing to train
Nicholas as his valet — John Top
Birth: 1781
has gone to drive for
Mr & Mrs Webb — I expect Bill Taylor
Birth: 1797 Death: 1872-09-13
to serve the
dinner — Harriet has a woman
to help her wash
and amid of all I have taken the few moments
of leisure I have while my guests are away to write you
the hurried letter —
We go down the river tomorrow evening stay half a day in New
and then proceed to Spring Lawn where I am promised all the
quiet I disir — The Webbs wish me to stay the whole three weeks
Henry is away — I shall probably return next week —
My affairs here require superintendence I will write you
from Spring Lawn you had better direct your letters here
I will have them sent on — Sam will probably go to
New York while Henry is absent — Henry leaves this week I am
unable to say what day — Love to Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
ever your own Sister
Mrs Alvah Worden
OCT 6.


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