Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 23, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 23, 1842
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Date:1842-10-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 23, 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: nwh 

revision: crb 2017-11-14

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Albany Sunday Oc 23rd
My dear Sister,
I believe this is my last Sunday in Albany
I hope to get away the last of this week – the house is in
deplorable confusion – On account of the want of a wood house
all our packing must be done within doors — the hall &
dining room are filled with boxes, straw and dust are
abundant – we still eat in the dining room and sit in
the hall – I left the hall carpet until the last – the house
is so comfortless without it – Tuesday a man
Unknown
came to
box the furniture – I had a hard day's work and when night
came and I actually sat down I had a succession of chills
and fever – it seemed impossible for me to go out but
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
seemed so disappointed that I resolved to dress
myself and go to Mrs Townsends
Birth: 1790-01-12 Death: 1849-08-17
for 1/2 an hour – I felt
better before nine oclock came – we went at a quarter past –
found the bride
Birth: 1820-04-22 Death: 1845-09-08
, groom
Birth: 1809-07-03 Death: 1890-12-01
, &c receiving their guests of which
there was already a room full – more even coming
until we came away – I offered my congratulations
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spoke with half a dozen people who recognized me and was at
home before the clock struck ten – so nervous and
overwrought that I slept no refreshing sleep all night –
There were abundance of young people of both sexes – the ladies
all in white, with tight, short sleeves (tourners are de-
clining) the gentlemen with light vest, and long whiskers.
John Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
was there – he came here on Thursday — has
become an uncompromising Tyler
Birth: 1790-03-29 Death: 1862-01-18
man, opposed to Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29

and would you believe it in favour of Bouck
Birth: 1786-01-07 Death: 1859-04-19
for
Governor – of course he has no more sympathy with the
whig party – He is far from bearing his honours meekly
altogether more disagreeable than he was formally –
haughty and overbearing – there never was a man so universally
disliked. I understand his 'definition of his position' is to
appear in a Rochester paper shortly – He returned to N.Y
last evening – I have done now admiring and respecting
men for their talents – I received a letter from Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

last week – he appears rather undecided about going to
West Point – His father wishes him to go – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
wrote
a few lines – Tompkins Miller
Birth: 1818-10-07 Death: 1890-05-01
was there with a wife
Birth: 1822-09-24 Death: 1912-11-16

and one of Ezra's
Birth: 1790-05-28 Death: 1856-05-10
daughters
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898Certainty: Probable
Mary
Birth: 1819-09-19 Death: 1856-10Certainty: Possible
is back again
and she too has seen fit to get married – Marie
Unknown

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is of no use that I can learn she was talking of
going to Aurora – I have written to Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
and Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

to day – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
is to stay here – Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
and Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
keep
house for Henry until the 1st of Jan – I have packed up
every thing but such articles as were absolutely necessary
for them – they will not be able to entertain company as
their number of plates is rather limited – Bill
Birth: 1797 Death: 1872-09-13Certainty: Possible
goes with
me – Jane
Unknown
will leave when I do – We have been much
favoured in having so few rainy days – the weather is
colder but not unpleasant – When will you be at Auburn?
I hope pretty soon – it is a long time since I have seen you
5 months — I have still all my cards to leave – The people
here wonder why I go home before Henry's term of office expires
is it not strange that I am so insensible to the delights of
Albany society that I prefer to pack up my things and
make my arrangements for the winter in Oct instead of
waiting until the freezing month of Jan.? thereby depriving
myself of two whole months of intellectual intercourse with the
citizens — Well there is no accounting for taste – Even Henry
seems to think it strange that I am glad to get released —
Your letter for this week does not come yet –
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Willies
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes are almost well – Monday morning – No letter from
you yet – I hope you are not sick – I am rather
discouraged this morning – My head aches violently
every thing seems to stand still for I am unable
to work – still I am going out to leave my cards
though I am hardly able to sit up – I hope to be
better tomorrow –
It seems to me now almost impossible to get away this
week – I shall try – Henry thinks of going to N. Y. to day
I have the whole of the morning left to me – it is
just as well perhaps — your own Sister –
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
Paid W.H.S.
ALBANY
OCT
N.Y.
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