Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 20, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 20, 1842



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 20, 1842

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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: msr 

revision: crb 2017-07-06

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Thursday night Jan 19th
My dear Sister,
I have h run away and left Mrs Cary
Birth: 1788 Death: 1863-06-22
that I might at least commence a letter to you to night
yours came last evening in company with the Cary's
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
George Underwood
Birth: 1816-01-04 Death: 1859-05-25
—I am glad you did not freeze when
you went home last Thursday it was a bitter cold day
here I almost froze attempting to make some visits.
Friday Henry left New York—went to Goshen on the Erie
rail road—spent the night at Florida left there
Saturday morning and reached here at 12 oclock the same
night in company with Mr Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29
Mrs Bowen
Birth: 1816 Death: 1872-07-15
I were sitting up expecting them until ten minutes before their
arrival when we withdrew to their our rooms—The little woman
ran down however to open the door and I presume was
very glad to see James after a weeks absence—Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

left his father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
and Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
as well as usual—all things
going on in the old way—Sunday Mrs Bowen and I went
to Church accompanied by the boys
x Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 
leaving Henry and Bowen
to eat their breakfasts—when we came home we found them

[bottom Margin] I wrote to Clara Tuesday night—Mr Sackette

Editorial Note

William Augustus Sackette
Birth: 1811-11-18 Death: 1895-09-06
or Gary V. Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
was here
yesterday—he said he thought Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
would have come with
him but that he (Sackette) not thinking him well enough he came
through Auburn without stopping—Sam Birdsall
Birth: 1791-05-14 Death: 1872-02-08
called Monday
Birth: 1807-11-26 Death: 1879-05-13
was here Saturday—I believe I vexed him by calling
his party Loco Foco's—he is so very selfishly sensitive that
one cannot well say
any thing to please him it was
really my intention to allow him
an occasion of triumph by alluding to
their majority
Is not Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
coming down to court
and cannot you come along
I wish you could—
has Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
commenced attending

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looking as though they had travelled 1000 instead of 100
miles the day previous—They did not succeed in getting
their eyes open until night—Monday Bowen proposed
to return to the Eagle but we persuaded him to stay one
day in Congress to allow Mrs Bowen and I to finish "Jaquerie"
Author: George Payne Rainsford James Publisher: Harper & Bros. Place of Publication:New York, NY Date: 1842

which we were engaged in reading—That night we sat up
until 12 oclock—finished the book, and opened the door
for Henry and Bowen who had attended a supper at Weed's
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
The next morning Mr Bowen signified that he should dine
at the Eagle and Mrs Bowen joined him somewhat reluctantly
feeling much more inclined to stay with us—I went round
to see her yesterday she said she was so homesick that
she had cryed the night before—She went with me—sat
in the carriage until I made some visits and came
home with me to dinner—Soon after the Carys came
when she returned to the Eagle—Mrs Cary is not well
and did not conclude to come here until a few days
before they set out—We have been this morning to the
milliners &c—then I made as usual some visits—Mr
Birth: 1796-01-31 Death: 1881-01-13
dined with us—talked much about Temperance
and Abolition—Henry you may have heard by this
time has signed the Temperance pledge—it has created

[bottom Margin] The Stantons

first service came off
well last Thursday — no wine
I presume there I some
etiquette about calling first which prevented
Mrs Spencer
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10
going to see Mrs Gibson
Birth: 1796-09-15 Death: 1881-06-28
—It seems to me I have
heard that the ladies of the Secretaries received the
first calls—
I am afraid my new chambermaid is dishonest
Mrs Bowen lost a bag and gold Thimble
which do not come to light—this is

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no small sensation here—Weed and I feel quite slighted that
we were not consulted—Henry with his usual independence
has done what he thinks to be right without consulting
any one—He says had he waited another year his example
which was the principal motive would have lost half
its influence—though it certainly would have been much
more convenient for us—I cannot imagine how all the
numbers are to be entertained without wine—They were
not remarkable for vivacity when under the influence of
that article—Henry went on Tuesday evening to a supper
at Rufus Kings
Birth: 1795 Death: 1867-07-09
where he astonished all the guests by adhering
to the conditions of the pledge—Last night he attended
an Agricultural Supper—there was no wine upon the
table—Weed says he heard him talked of at a Temperance
lecture classed with Marshall
Birth: 1801-06-07 Death: 1864-09-22
and Dwight
Birth: 1803-11-23 Death: 1895-02-03
Mr Delevan
Birth: 1793-01-06 Death: 1871-01-15

says he [ was ]


Reason: wax-seal
an hour before day on Tuesday praying
that He[ nry ]


Reason: wax-seal
might be induced to give his name to the
cause—the same day Henry signed the pledge he
says he thinks after this Mr Delevan must be a believer
in especial Providence—Three clergymen called yes-
terday—I told Mrs Brown
I presumed in consequence of the
signature—Well as Willie says "it is funny" is it not
how few will understand or appreciate Henry's motive—Even
his best friends think there must be some political influence
which they cannot explain—How few people there are in the
world who can understand that it is possible to do good
without some interested motive—Such things are never believed
of men until they are dead—Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
and Fred were
invited to attend a party at Mrs Elliott's
Birth: 1804-04-16 Death: 1880-01-15Certainty: Probable
last night—Fred
would not go but Clarence could hardly be persuaded to wait
until evening came—he actually proposed dressing in the
morning—he staid until 1/2 past 10 and I presume went
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home with all the girls he could find—he looks jaded and sick
to day—but has gone again this evening to meet his dancing
class at Mrs Van Rensselaer

Editorial Note

Harriett Van Rensselaer or Henrietta Van Rensselaer
Birth: 1796-08-02 Death: 1875-11-21
—Fred has gone to Weeds—Willie
went to ride with us this morning—he calls his little dog
"Cato"—I asked him this morning before day light what
he thought Cato was doing "he is dreaming" said he—
He hears Clarence talk so much about the girls, getting married &c
that I heard him say the other day "I wish I could marry all the
girls"—he thinks Abbey
a nonpariel—She is a good natured
easy creature, not over nice, but honest and so kind to
Willie that I overlook all deficiencies—Sam Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07

came back this afternoon—he is about as communicative and
agreeable as he was the last t time he returned from
Canandaigua—of which you have heard Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and I
speak—I have a letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
—he is well
Mrs Alvah Worden
Paid W.H.S.
JAN 21


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