Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 22, 1840

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 22, 1840
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1840-12-22

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 22, 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: Unknown
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transcription: msr 

revision: tap 2017-06-30

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Tuesday night Dec 22d
My dearest Sister—I commence a letter upon this half
sheet of paper rather than go all the way down stairs for a
whole sheet— it is eight oclock—Dr Nott
Birth: 1773-06-25 Death: 1866-01-25
is in the
dining room with Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
hearing the message read— Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07

is writing in the hall (that is the office now) feeling I think
rather better than he did Sunday when he wrote to you—
that was rather a cruel message you sent—it made him
exceedingly unhappy for a while—the fault was not his
that Ensinore
Author: Peter Hamilton Myers Publisher: Wiley and Putnam Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1840
was not sent as Henry had given away every
copy we had not even reserving the one sent him by Peter
Birth: 1812-08-04 Death: 1878-10-30
himself
I intended you and Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and Serene
Birth: 1802
should each have one.
We had no company to dine with us Thanksgiving day—the Horners
x Birth: 1813  Death: 1873-04-29  Birth: 1804  Death: 1874-06-12 

would not come having previously invited us there—Henry
thought it more suitable for us to stay at home so we
dined alone with Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
for our only guest—Blatchford
went to Troy, where he heard divers reports about Miss
Mary
Unknown
who seems to be making herself pretty ridiculous
by attempting to prove the Rev. Mr Johnson
Unknown
a male coquet
on account of sundry love passages which have passed between
the Rev. gentleman and herself without leading to the result

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Billy
Certainty: Possible
says, "I wonder if Mrs Seward is going to have a party I
saw a great many blue glass sugar bowls on the table"—
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desired by the lady. I heard the same story from Mrs Winslow
Birth: 1813-08-20 Death: 1861-12-09

of Troy with whom I took tea at Mrs Horners Thanksgiving
evening—What a cold night it was—We had so much
sport Saturday upon hearing of the love affair in New York
that I wished to communicate the intelligence to you
immediately but as Sam seemed to have set his heart upon
it I deferred my letter—We hear nothing more on the subject
a letter from Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
to night says Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24

was quite unwell—I must acknowledge that you and
Clara were much wiser than I—I could not think it
possible that while he cherished the memory of one wife
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28

so assiduously he could be thinking of supplying her
place—I feel sorry for Gus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
—for let widows feel and
act as inconsistently as they may I believe children seldom
see the place of their mother occupied by another without
experiencing some painful emotions— I have lost pretty much
all faith in the durability of man's affection— Mrs Seward
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11

told me when she was here that she thought Jennings would
marry again but I fancy she did think the time was
so immediately at hand—From Sam's account Mary
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29
is
pretty pious and an enthusiast in matters of religion
I have heard of her as the 'talented Miss Mumford' but not
expecting to have her for a sister in law have never enquired
further—I will let you know when I hear of any further
arrangement—It is about time for Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
to come up to bed
So good night—

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Did I bring with me the cape (worked muslin) that you had of mine if I did
it is lost—I have been looking for it and was quite positive I had
it with me—This letter is so late I shall not venture to send
another to Canandaigua—Love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
—your own Sister