Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 16, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 16, 1842



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 16, 1842

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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: nwh 

revision: csh 2017-11-08

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Thursday afternoon
My dear sister
Your letter came yesterday – two or three
calls in the course of the afternoon prevented my
answering it – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is still here I do not think she
will leave in a week or ten days yet – McClallen
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
going to New York and expects to be gone a week – The
house is all cleaned and one load of furniture has
gone over – I believe she and McClallen both are sorry
the house is so far off – I wish it was near here
I should not miss Clara so much if I could see her
once a day – It rained constantly while she and
were cleaning the house and both nights Clara
came home through the rain – she did take cold but
was not as sick as I feared she might be –
I am glad to hear that your Irish girl
runs over
herself instead of running over you – I doubt whether
she or any other would suit you as well as a
colored girl – they work in a manner so entirely
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different from ours – I have engaged a fat Irish girl to
come next week – she says she can cook but in that
I have no faith – Maria
is desperate lazy and
so untidy about her person that I am ashamed
to have her open the street door – Clara and
I went to make calls Tuesday it being a fine
day – We called at the American when we saw


and Mr Tom Wood
who had just returned
from Mrs Wm. Woods
Birth: 1807 Death: 1842-06-06
funeral – Have you heard any of the
particulars of Mrs Wood's illness – her disease seems to
have been of a singular character – she was seized
with a violent pain in th her thumb which gradually
extended all over her system attended with swelling
and inflammation – she suffered intense pain and
died the eighth day – All manner of reports are
in circulation among others that she died of the plague
Mary Wood
Birth: 1819-08-28 Death: 1853-08-20
says the physicians called it “inflammatory
Erysipelas” but they seemed to hit upon this name
some time after her death as Seneca Wood
Birth: 1794 Death: 1859
said they
told him they were unacquainted with the disease
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Mrs Fosgate
Birth: 1817 Death: 1891-07-28Certainty: Possible
was here yesterday and asked me with a doleful
accent how I felt about the plague having made its
appearance in the country – I could not avoid smiling
which she seemed to consider very irreverent – She
said this said plague was prevailing to an alarming ex-
tent about Utica – there the patients were seized with
the disease in their tongues which are black and swollen
and produce death some by mortification – I hear nothing
of this from any other quarter – Mary Wood communicated
the additional information that fifty persons had died in
Tompkins county of a disease similar to Mrs Woods –
There I have now given you all the terrible news which
are at present in circulation – You can draw your
own conclusions — I presume this much is is true that
the season is more than usually sickly — May God protect us
from a renewal of the Cholera horrors – – We called
upon Mrs Lucas
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
who is living alone with Georgiana
Birth: 1829-08-24 Death: 1911-01-12
, very
much pleased apparently to be without boarders – Mrs
Richard Smith
, where we saw Henry's
 Death: 1850-08-12
& child

Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05-06
, who was not at home – and Mrs Eleazer
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
who entertained me an hour with her trials with
the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle – The two
latter places Clara declined going thinking the present
a very good time to drop those acquaintances – Mrs
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
and Maryanna
Birth: 1825-08-26 Death: 1872-07-03
were here before we went out but
seeing me prepared to go made a very short visit –
Maryanna has grown large — looks very much as she
did a year ago otherwise — Mrs Wright of
course made many enquiries about you — I told her
we expected you about the 4th – If you will come
then and stay until the cherries are ripe we will
have a good visit – Maryanna inquired particularly
about Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
– I hear every day from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
– do not
think he is coming home at present – he seems to have the
usual amount of visitors from N. York – Jenny the deer is
running about the yard again – Abbey's


has written
home that he is well and doing well – Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
has been
sick with a cold two or three days – Mr Kinsley
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
us – Gus says nothing of it in his Sundays letter

[left Margin] I enclose $5 —
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Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
writes that he is pleased with his school – he does not have
to study much from his account – His letter was very
characteristic – he wished to be remembered to you and Frances
said he should write to you soon –
Did you read Kent's
Birth: 1802-10-02 Death: 1861-01-04
charge to the jury on the trial of Edmunds
Birth: 1799-03-13 Death: 1874-04-05Certainty: Possible

and his sentence of the murderer Topping
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
"Jim Crow" with great eclat – He is going tonight to Mr
Birth: 1790 Death: 1850-04-03
to get a kitten ours being all dead –
Your own Sister
Mrs Alvah Worden


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