Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 26, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 26, 1841



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 26, 1841

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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: meb 

revision: tap 2017-09-08

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Monday noon
My dear Sister, I have been improving this fine morning
by spending part of it in the garden picking raspberries
it is a great relief to have a cool day once more — was
not the heat overpowering yesterday and two or three
days previous – I could not think of going to church and
have not ventured into the street for the last four
days – I am in hopes this cool weather will induce
you to come out with Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
when he comes to court
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
does not come home yet indeed he has done
appointing a time for coming — he has concluded to
arrange his Chautauqua business at Albany instead of
attempting to do it here a wise conclusion I doubt not
for he usually finds very little leisure while he is at
home – Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
I perceive (by the direction of my letter)
is still with him – I was expecting Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
here to spend
his vacation until yesterday a letter from Henry says
he cannot think of increasing our family here any more
and shall direct Clarence to come to Albany from
thence shall send him to Florida. I am sorry for the poor

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I have opened my letter to say how much I am disappointed in not seeing
you — Debby


has just been here to tell me that she saw Worden in church
yesterday – I was sorry that I did not previously know of his being
in the village – I presume the extreme heat prevented your
coming – I thought Worden would not come until to day and was
glad that we had so cool and pleasant a change –
If I can persuade Clara to go with us I will try and make up
my mind to leave the boys and go with Henry but it is all
uncertain – no one can travel should we have a week
similar to the last – I do not know when to expect Henry —
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boys disappointment as I believe he intended coming here though
I had not felt at liberty to say any thing to him about it –
His vacation commences Thursday and will continue four
or five weeks — Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
said that his “mamma
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29
” said
it would not be convenient to have him there the whole
of the time so I fancy he had written to her on the subject
Henry writes that he has a letter from George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
saying his
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
is much more indisposed than he has been – thinks
he has had a slight paralysis — Have you read Verplancks
Birth: 1786-08-06 Death: 1870-03-18

speech – I presume you have – it is very good and so plain
a statement of the proposed measure that no one who reads
it will fail to understand its merits and it seems to
me many ^any one^ will find it difficult to controvert the arguments
in its favour — Poor Miss Stansbury
Birth: 1773 Death: 1841-07-23
died on Friday
after a season of severe suffering I was glad when I
heard of her release – She was buried on Saturday —
Have you seen in the last Knickerbocker a notice
of Willis Clarks
Birth: 1808-10-05 Death: 1841-06-12
death by his brother
Birth: 1808-10-05 Death: 1873-11-03
– it is a
touching tribute of affection and unlike most obituary
notices says no more than is true — Henry sent
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a letter written by Lewis on the same subject –
Clara and I took tea with Mrs. Miller
Birth: 1792-05-02 Death: 1866-01-14
last Tuesday where
we met Mrs Hotchkiss
Birth: 1804 Death: 1889-01-24
Miss Bennet
Birth: 1798-07-25 Death: 1849-08-23
and Mrs Waters

and Clark Hotchkiss
Birth: 1796-05-17 Death: 1857-02-01
whom I came near forgetting – Thursday
the first of those exceedingly warm days Mrs Miller and
Mrs Fosgate
 Death: 1848-03-10
took tea with us – they all make enquiries
about you – Almost all of my acquaintances have called
since I came home and all seem glad to see me – since
the warm weather there has been a cessation of visits –
The little boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11  Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29 
continue well and enjoy themselves amazingly
Willie is trudging about all day with a tin pail on his
arm - he says he is “going begging” and when he goes to
the kitchen asks for “cold victuals” – I put him in a bathing
tub of water yesterday he was so delighted that I found it
difficult to get him out again – when I emptied the tub he
cried aloud that "Ma must not carry away the baby tub” – As
for Gus he spends all the time he is out of school in the
creek – Fred is busily employed in manufacturing a camera
obscura which is to be the theatre ^chief object^ of his present theatre
of exhibition – all are busy and all happy it is refreshing
to look at them — I would like much to go with you
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to Buffalo but I cannot go away and leave Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
with a family
so much increased while I can be of any assistance to her
She is not well and stands much more in need of a jaunt
of the kind than I do – I wish I could persuade her to go
there or somewhere else, while I am here to keep house for her
Maria is about as poor help as one can find and the Irish girl

we have is only better natured – But you will be along this week
I hope when we will talk it over – I have not written as long a letter
as usual as I think it doubtful whether it finds you at home
I am very sorry to hear of your headache and inflamed eyes – wash
your eyes night and morning in warm water I think it relieves
mine more than any thing I have tried – for your head I can

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recommend nothing but a homeopathy physician — there is one
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
in partnership with Humphreys
Birth: 1785-05-17 Death: 1848-03-09
— but I cannot reccommend him he
is not very highly spoken of – his name is Robinson— We were much
entertained with your account of your trip to Seneca Falls
your own Sister
Mrs Alvah Worden


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