Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 3, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 3, 1842
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Date:1842-07-03

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 3, 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: tap 

revision: crb 2017-07-06

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Sunday July 3d
My dear Sister
I am afraid I shall send you a
dull letter — my head aches so badly since church
I have been lying down with the hope of mitigating the
pain but have only increased it thereby — I was
disappointed to get no letter from my boy
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
this week
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
went to New York last Saturday — stopped
at the Point and took Augustus with him —
he returned to school Sunday evening — Henry
remained until Wednesday — attending the
celebration of the Croton Water works — He came
as far as Sing Sing Wednesday morning and
that evening took the boat to AlbanyMr
Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
came with him — Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16

was returning from N. York and met them on the
boat — Henry has been so hurried since he
returned that he has had no time to write — he
sent me to day a letter from Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
written
at Chip Rhode Island the day after the flight
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flight of Dorr
Birth: 1805-11-05 Death: 1854-12-27
— was ever any thing more ridiculous
from the tenor of Sam’s letter Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
was with him
and Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29Certainty: Possible
— I presume Sam enjoyed it as much
as he did the Heldenburgh war — All
the fine companies (five in number) came out last evening
about 10 oclock in uniform with torches — they
marched through all the streets in town and
made a fine appearance — Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has been
very impatiently expecting the 4th — he has wheels
rockets serpents &c in abundance — I think
our exhibition of fire works will be quite imposing —
I took tea at Mrs Millers
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
yesterday and saw
Tom
Birth: 1817-07-09 Death: 1864-07-23Certainty: Probable
he rather thought you would come out
this week but was by no means certain —
Mrs Millers sister Mrs Waterman
Birth: 1787-10-27 Death: 1863-08-10
is here they
go to Vienna on Wednesday — Maria proposes
making you a visit if you do not say that
you are coming out in your next letter — you
can do as you please as she knows nothing of
my writing — I must tell you of a performance in Church
to day which astonished me exceedingly — After communion
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when the blessing had been pronounced and I had risen to
depart one of the Wardens brought Mrs Miller the cup
which she took and drank — he then presented it to
me after I had risen to leave the church — I declined
taking it and left the Church but discovered that
a very small proportion of the communicants came out
at the same time — On my way home Mrs Miller over
took me — when I interrogated her concerning this (to me)
strange procedure she said that Mr Croswell
Birth: 1807-11-07 Death: 1851-11-09
had desired
the communicants to remain and eat and drink the
consecrated bread and wine which should be left after
the administration of the sacrament — I told her I did not
approve of the custom upon which she became very spirited and
we had rather an animated debate upon the subject — She
saying it was customary in other churches and in intimating that
I was very ignorant not to know that the bread & wine which had been
consecrated was never taken out of the church but according to the
direction of the Rubric was consumed by the priest &c — The Rubric
does so direct but I have never before seen it practiced and had
never given it a thought — How does it strike you? — Am I peculiarly
fastidious or is there an appearance of irreverence in sitting in
your pew and partaking of the same consecrated elements
which you have a few moments before partaken with so
much solemnity at the alter — To me it appears childlishly
inconsistent — almost profane Serene
Birth: 1802
is here she came Wednes-
day — looks about as usual and appears vastly more better
than any one else — to me — Sam
Birth: 1838
and Serene
Birth: 1842 Death: 1917
are with her
we hope you will come out while she remains — the
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time of her sta leaving is quite undecided — Have you read
James'
Birth: 1799-08-09 Death: 1860-06-09
last novel
Author: George Payne Rainsford  James Publisher: Harper & Bros. Place of Publication:New York Date: 1842
H. Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
sent it to me in three
New Worlds I have commenced and find it very interesting
Did you read the Bishop of Oxfords Charge — he discusses the
Oxford Tract controversy — I think we are approximating
rapidly towards romanism — Love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

Your own Sister
AUBURN N.Y.
JUL 3
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[right Margin] If you can get it without money please bring me two yds of the silk
like your aprons — I shall be in funds again one of these days

Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua