Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 26, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 26, 1842



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 26, 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: aca 

revision: crb 2017-11-09

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Sunday June 26th
My dear Sister,
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and I went to call upon Mrs. Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04Certainty: Possible

Friday when we found your letter – Mrs. Wright had
just returned was looking uncommonly well and
much more animated than I have ever seen her
She was delighted with her visit at Canandaigua –
says your maid
has such a good head that she
has no doubt you will like her very much in
five or six weeks when you become better acquainted –
Well – 'we all have our little foibles' — The girl
we have is not deficient in head or body either
but the work of her hands is far from pleasing
I hardly think we shall form an acquaintance of
six weeks standing – City servants are bad enough –
country helps quite intolerable – Mary
Certainty: Possible
went off very
unexpectedly to us though I think from her conduct
she intended going some time ago – She is in pursuit
of high wages – I am sorry you think you
will not be able to leave home with the present
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incumbent but hope you will succeed in exchanging her soon
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
does not come – he is very busy writing for the
Geological survey and I believe studying Geology
has a great many additional specimens –
The Canary has abandoned her eggs – so farewell to
all prospect of young canaries this summer – Jenny
the faun sits up on her hind legs like Snip
 Death: 1848
and begs
for bread — You see the Journal is out for Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29

who has a right to the Presidency for his devotion
to his country Henry Clay is that man – I hope he may
be elected – The meeting at N. York was of the most
enthusiastic kind – many good speeches – was not the
Friday's editorial beautiful – just like Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
his better moments – Henry says Mary Seward
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29Certainty: Possible
him visiting at Polydores
Birth: 1799 Death: 1872-04-23
! Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
through Albany on his way home last week, Henry does
not say that his wife
Birth: 1817 Death: 1883-04-17
was with him – My Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

is making his calculations to go to N. York the 4th
his father does not object – Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
thinks he
ought not to go alone – Montgomery Throop
Birth: 1827-01-26 Death: 1892-09-11
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alone from Home – he called here the other evening with
Mrs. Lucas
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
– He looks much as he used to – not as tall as
Gus by a head – would appear very well if his mother
had not impressed him with an idea that it was necessary
to be very polite – so he wears light kid gloves and makes
a bow ‘twixt two & three, just as his mother taught him'
he is intelligent but it appeared very singular to me that
he professed to have forgotten all about Auburn & its in-
habitants, in four years, – he is either very deficient in
'Individuality as the Phrenologists say or affects forgetfulness
to prove that he has been in "Foreign Parts" — Mrs. Lucas
seemed to think it perfectly natural for a boy of 11
years to forget all that he then knew the next four
years – but her opinion is not weighty – Montgomery
is wears a hat and strait bodied coat and altogether is
apparelled like a man of 30 — We called to see Mrs. Throop
Birth: 1806-02-11 Death: 1872-06-17

Friday, at her new home – the house George Wood
Birth: 1805-10-07 Death: 1844-02Certainty: Possible
previous to building his cottage – She says she never
lived so pleasantly – appeared as much delighted as a c[ hild ]



The house is certainly very convenient having 3 large rooms
and 3 bed rooms on the 1st floor a kitchen and a dining room
in the basement – We also called on Mrs. Charles Wood
Birth: 1819-08-28 Death: 1853-08-20
Mrs. Abbot
Birth: 1790 Death: 1852-05-28Certainty: Probable
and Mrs. Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
who has a sister staying with her,
Mrs. Waterman
Birth: 1787-10-27 Death: 1863-08-10
– Tell Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
that the day we
called at Mrs. Richard Smith's
she enquired of Clara if the
report was true that Frances was engaged to be married –
Clara replied she rather thought not, she having never heard it,
with an air of so much indifference that Mrs. Smith
did not see fit to prosecute her enquiries any further as she
would have done had Clara expressed great surprise at so pre-
posterous a report – I suppose Mrs. S– would be very
glad to have some one make similar enquiries of her in relation
to her daughter
– We have had a delicious water melon
from the West Indies and bananas from S. America sent by
Dr. Doane
Birth: 1808-04-02 Death: 1852-01-27
– I wish you could eat my portion of the melon
the bananas as none of us liked though Henry spoke of
them as a great luxury – William
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
liked them and said
he 'believed he would go to N. York and see Mrs. Doane
Birth: 1806-03-31 Death: 1887-06-28
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I shall expect your letter by David
– Clara wanted to go to Romulus
this week but Mc Clallan
Birth: 1791-09-07 Death: 1860-11-16
could not go with her – he set out
for N. York this morning – Pa has gone to Seneca Falls
I have never heard a word from the silk for Miss Beecher
Birth: 1805

but presume it was all gone – Henry sent me Miss
Birth: 1752-06-13 Death: 1840-01-06
! (Mad. D' Arblay's) diary and letters yesterday have you
seen them – Hammond
Author: Jabez D. Hammond Publisher: Privately printed Place of Publication:Albany, NY Date: 1842
is very interesting — Your own
Sister –
Mrs. Alvah Worden


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[right Margin] you must not give up your visit – Serene
Birth: 1805 Death: 1884-01-19
is to be here soon