Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 31, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 31, 1841
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Date:1841-08-31

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 31, 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 2017-11-21

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Tuesday August 31st
My dear Sister,
We have at length subsided into something
of a calm – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
came home yesterday morning and
was obliged to go to Utica yesterday afternoon
in consequence of some intelligence received from
Washington in relation to Mc Leod
Birth: 1796-01-17 Death: 1871-09-27
– I hardly found
time to say how do you do? before they were
gone again – I was busily employed in unpacking
and packing trunks ironing collars etc — Henry
proposes to go to Albany and will not return
here until next week – I doubt very much whether
he comes then – Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
was sorry to leave so soon
as he said he did not know when he should come
again – he said he had a very pleasant visit with
you last Sunday but had no time for particulars –
I was in considerable trepidation Sunday evening being
ignorant of Henry’s place of sojourn and knowing
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that it was important that he should see the dispatches
from Washington immediately – In the midst of a consultation
with Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
said that Gen. Scott
Birth: 1786-06-13 Death: 1866-05-29
was in
town – Pa forthwith put on his coat took the papers
and went to the American to take counsel
of the Gen – He found the Gen at the Hotel awaiting
Henry’s return having heard by the way of ‘Col. Henry
Unknown
’ that
he was in Rochester – The Gen was from Washington
and had duplicates of the papers received – &c
He accompanied Pa home – made many gallant
apologies for not having called to see me having been
told that I was with Mr Seward – he sat an hour
was very agreeable – among other things his soldier
eye was so pleased with Gus’
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
promising figure
that he immediately began to persuade him to go to West
Point
and in a few moments had every thing arranged
to his own satisfaction – Gus is quite in the vein at
present and as a prepatory step proposes to go immediately
to Cooperstown to Mr Duff’s
 Death: 1847-07-16
school – I would rather have
him stay the winter in Albany but he thinks with his father
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that he shall study better at Cooperstown – I do not like to think
of having him away the next five years and in all probability become
so weaned from home as never to desire to return – I have been
putting off the evil day as long as I could — What has become of the
writing master
Unknown
you spoke of – I have been expecting him some time
if he does not come pretty soon my boys
x Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 
cannot receive the
benefit of his instructions — Last Friday we had the
Horners
x Birth: 1804  Death: 1879-05-02  Birth: 1804  Death: 1874-06-12 
and Mrs. Lucas
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
to visit us – Mrs Horner left
yesterday for Albany. To day Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
has invited us to meet
Mrs Barton
Unknown
at her house – I was anxious to go out and make
some calls but the rain has prevented – we must not complain
of the rain — Jane
Unknown
is going tomorrow to Oswego to visit her
sister
Unknown
she will be absent a week – I shall be closely confined
with the care of Willie – he is better but not well yet
his eye is so much better that to day we have for the first
time dispensed with the shade – I am afraid I shall not
get to Canandaigua – Pa’s clothes are to be repaired for the winter –
Augustus prepared for Cooperstown and the 1st of October I
am to return to Albany – You will come home with Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

who will I think come to Canandaigua the last of next week
or the beginning of the week following – How short the summer
has been tomorrow is the 1st of September – how little of all that
I designed have I accomplished – it is now time to prepare
my 5 boys
x Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08  Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24 
for winter and my intended summers work
is hardly commenced – Among many other things I have
not talked with you half I intended – Our visit at Buffalo
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was too much in a crowd to admit of long talks – I am just now
recovering from the effect of the many sleepless nights I had
Last week my head ached three successive days and nights
I trust that Mrs Griffith
Unknown
will stay at home —
I want Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to go to see Aunt Sally
Birth: 1782
while I am home but do not
see any immediate prospect of her going – She thinks it will be
better for her to return by Canandaigua if she goes – Sam said
you were not well – you said nothing of it in your letter your own sister
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
AUG 31
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