Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 28, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 28, 1842
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Date:1842-08-28

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 28, 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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: meb 

revision: crb 2017-11-13

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Sunday evening Albany
My dear Sister,
Here we are again – We left Wednesday
evening at three oclock — I persuaded Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
to come along –
I thought many times during the sleepless night preceding
our departure of the many, many times you had been
with me to assist and cheer – The prospect of a short
stay however prevented the depression I have heretofore ex-
perienced though dear Clara said she felt just as bad as
though she were not going along – McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
accompanied
us to Syracuse – at Utica we met Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
at the depot
with Mr Devereux
Birth: 1774-08-05 Death: 1848-12-10
– took a hurried breakfast and proceeded
upon our journey which we accomplished in about the usual
time – The day was oppressively warm – poor Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
suffered
much with his eyes – it was pitiful to see him with
his face buried in a lap or on a cushion when he
would so much have enjoyed the journey – his patient
endurance of his affliction renders it the more touching.
He felt so large that day that he would not allow
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any woman to hold him in their her lap – was much pleased
to find himself in Albany again which he says is his home
he remembered every body and every thing perfectly and enjoyed
a renewal of the intercourse with old worn out toys and
defaced books – His eyes became so much worse, together with
considerable fever that I sent for Dr Williams
Birth: 1784-09-19 Death: 1870-12-08
late Wednesday
night he is now undergoing the usual purging operations calomel
and rhubarb – the Dr fears that his disease has become chronic
and will require something more than the usual remedies – he
proposes as a counter irritant to pierce one of his ears and keep
it open with a thread in place of a blister – I shall not
subscribe to this barbarous operation until other means have entirely
failed – The bad success of Dr Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
prevents my proposing
homeopathy again though were it my own case I should have no
hesitation in employing Dr Ward
Birth: 1806-10-23 Death: 1895-02-24
— Thursday I was sick all day
Friday the "Bank of England" Mr Parmly
Unknown
and the Lieutenant Gov
Birth: 1783-09-15 Death: 1863-08-30

dined with us — the former seems to be a kind hearted
liberal old gentleman very intent upon acquiring information
about America – He has been to Niagara, spent some days
with the Wadsworths
Birth: 1768-04-20 Death: 1844-07-07
– spoke in very high terms of Miss Wadsworth
Birth: 1815 Death: 1851

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Mr Bradish was very agreeable and in fine spirits with
the prospect of being the next Governor — Yesterday it rained most
of the day — Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
and Bowen
Birth: 1808-02-25 Death: 1886-09-29
came and stayed until this evening
I am busily engaged when I have a moment of time in preparing
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
for school. he has grown very much and outgrown
most of his clothes – returns this week to school – I am afraid
Clara is having rather a dull visit — We went to see the Yates'
Birth: 1770-10-07 Death: 1854-03-30

Friday morning – tomorrow I will try to go with her to Troy as
the nax next day we may have Lord Ashburton
Birth: 1774-10-27 Death: 1848-05-12
to Dinner – I
hope not – The Webbs
x Birth:   Death: 1848-07-01  Birth: 1802-02-02  Death: 1884-06-07 
are to be here this week – They are
yet at Sharon SpringsMrs Ruggles
Birth: 1800-09-26 Death: 1878-10-12
is at Saratoga – She too
will be in Albany this week – Henry gave Ruggles
Birth: 1800-04-11 Death: 1881-08-28
a very proper
invitation to bring her here which I hope he will fail to do —
Mrs Blatchford
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
Mary
Birth: 1823-10-29 Death: 1852-02-14
and the children
x Birth:   Death:   Birth: 1836-05-25  Death: 1908-10-01 
are at Lansingburgh I presume
Henry will wish me to call them tomorrow if I go to Troy – it is not
vexatious — There seems to be no immediate prospect of an adjournment
of the Legislature – Upon the whole there will be no getting to
Orange County this week I fear and Clara thinks she must
go home at the expiration of the fortnight – Monday morning
I wrote my eyes out last evening – This morning I must finish
A abruptly [ We are ]
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going to the Capitol for Clara to see Geo Seal
Davis
Birth: 1788 Death: 1867-06-24
who used to persecute her so much when a child
and then to Troy – The Monday evening previous to my
coming down Henry had all the members state officers &c
to supper – Dr Doane's
Birth: 1808-04-02 Death: 1852-01-27
immense turtle weighing 120 lbs was
converted into steaks and soup for their entertainment together
with the usual accompaniments of ice creams oranges ices
jellies &c – This I hope was the last – I am sorry
on your account that the weather continues so warm
Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
sends abundance of love – he will commence
school at the same time with Clarence — your own
Sister
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
ALBANY N.Y.
AUG 28
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
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