Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 22, 1841

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 22, 1841



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 22, 1841

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: Auburn, NY

transcription: nwh 

revision: crb 2019-02-22

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Wednesday night —
My dear Sister,
Your letter which came not until last Friday
was the first intimation I had received that you were not
made acquainted with my illness — I desired Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

to write or let Mr Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
write to you Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

and Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
when I had been sick but a few days
fearing you might be made uneasy by hearing it
in some other way — he said he had written to
Augustus and would write to you —I never doubted
that he did so until your letter came — I am very
sorry — I wrote the day before I received your last
and for the first time Henry Underwood neglected to send
my letter to the office the same time day so that
I laid awake one night thinking of you and wishing
I could devise some means to hasten the conveyance of the
mail — Since that time my sleep has been disturbed by
disappointment in not seeing my boy — The river has been
closed to Cattskill since last Friday — the roads
are almost impassable — in this state of affairs it is

[top Margin] Do you hear any thing of Peter Miller
Birth: 1802-11-26 Death: 1851-09-17
winter? —Sarah
Birth: 1833 Death: 1841-12-27
continues very ill yet
I do not think will recover —

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in vain to wish Augustus to come home — the whole time
of his vacation would be consumed in coming and returning
and his health be endangered by traveling this extremely
cold weather — I think of him much of the time and
would he were somewhere else — West Point is almost
inaccessable in the winter — I am afraid he
get sick — should this be the case I could get no in-
formation in less than four days and could not get to him
under four more — but you can easily imagine all
my apprehensions — I have been out twice of necessity which
has by no means improved my cold — I cough much and
have a constant pain in my breast — I really feel disheartened
sometimes with the prospect of Christmas and New Years — Christmas
we are to dine the members of the Senate whose term of
office expires this winter with the State officers and their
wives those who have them here — I suppose about 22 in all
If my cough continues I think I shall grace the table lightly
Sarah is so very ill that I am reluctant to call upon
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893-02-15
for anything — Dr Williams
Birth: 1812-05-12 Death: 1882
thinks she is has the con-
sumption — were she any other child I should not expect her to
survive a week — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
cough but are not sick
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Willie is a very amusing creature — he has wonderful quickness
of apprehension and a fearless spirit of independence which
does not have a tendency to increase his amiability — yet he
is so merry, and so winning when he puts up his face
for a kiss that no one can bear him malice — "Poor Gusy
cant come home" said I to him — "the river is frozen and he cannot
come up" "I help him up" was his instantaneous reply — this
morning he awoke me while it was yet dark to inform me
that he would take me to Grandpa's
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13Certainty: Probable
on the railroad — "Freddy
I will take you to ride so you shant cry" said he to Fred — and
the other morning while Fred was lying in bed with us he turned
to me and said – "isn't Fred a pretty fellow mother?" — He
never seems to doubt his own ability to do any thing and wishes
to take part in all the work he sees going on — Now I have
written a long chapter of Willyiana for Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
He would make her laugh many times in the day but it would
require some patience, to endure his perverseness which dear
Fred never fails to manifest — Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
and Fred have gone to Mr
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
this afternoon — They both wish me to go out tomorrow
to get Christmas presents which I will not be able to do —
How much we had all calculated upon having Gusy with us during
our undesirable holidays — I have received many cards but
have seen no company this week — most of the people it
seems to me have called twice or more since I have been to see
them — Friday afternoon — I have kept this letter until this
time that it might learn its destination — yours is just received
and I hope on this you are in Auburn with dear Clara — Do write
me all about them what they are doing — when is Pa coming down
I am feeling much better than when I commenced this letter
returning health has dissipated some of the dark clouds which
were hanging over the holidays — I shall be glad however when Christmas
or the dinner is over — all our guests have accepted their invitation
wives and all — I might have had quite a pleasant day playing
with the children who are much dissatisfied with the prospect
of the dinner had it not been for these women — Mrs Bradish
Birth: 1803 Death: 1868
is one
of them I am glad she will not grace my end of the table — We do
not have any wine or ardent spirits New Years if I can get this
piece of information circulated I presume the number of visitors
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will be much diminished thereby — My cook
and chambermaid
have recovered
Birth: 1811 Death: 1882-07-06
is a much more pleasant personage to deal with than John

Willie has concluded to have his stocking hung up on condition that
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
will take one from his band box and not from his foot —
I have told him the "night before Christmas" which he understands
perfectly — says "St Nic is coming down the chimney with sugar plums"
The boys have in a private manner purchased christmas gifts for each other
as I could not go out — also for Willie — Bill
Birth: 1830
— and Harriet
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22
; children —
I have not heard from Augustus since I wrote am looking —
for a letter every day — Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
is to be here N. Years in his
military capacity — I presume Elizabeth
will be in town at that time also
Mrs Alvah Worden
Care of Hon. E. Miller
Auburn —
Paid- W.H.S


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[right Margin] Fred says he saw David Wright
Birth: 1806-03-18 Death: 1897-02-24
in town yesterday who offered to take
any thing I might wish to send to day — but Fred forgot to
mention it until it was too late to send this letter — As I am
now quite sure you are in Auburn it will make no difference