Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 8, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 8, 1842
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Date:1842-12-08

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 8, 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: pxc 

revision: tap 2018-01-19

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Thursday N Dec 8th 1842
My dear Sister,
It is Thanksgiving morning – I intended
to have gone to Church but a snow storm, which has
since ceased, prevented me – I have no letters from
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
yet so that my anxiety about him is in
no wise diminished – I have letters from Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
– nothing new at Albany – Henry sent me
Bryants
Birth: 1794-11-03 Death: 1878-06-12
versi versification of Webbs
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
pardon which
is quite amusing. Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
prefers to remain in
Albany – Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
to come to Auburn – they do not
decide yet – if Nicolas can get a place I presume
They will stay there – Your letter came
Tuesday – I am glad you went home so comfortably
I was very very lonesome after you were gone
thought more of my absent boys
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
than ever – that
day I had not courage to go to your room
indeed it was not until Tuesday that I
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actually made up the bed – Sunday I went to Church
with a pair of moccasins and returned with feet
thoroughly soaked in water – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
did not go out –
I had no one to read for me in the evening – after
writing a letter to Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
I read Clara to sleep
in about 5 minutes – for the want of better
employment I went early to bed – Monday I
was very sick with headache – Tuesday Mr
Curtis
Birth: 1814-08-13 Death: 1885-08-16
came to set the grate – which he completed
yesterday – I am afraid it will not answer any
purpose the draught is not sufficiently strong
it appears much less than when the fire place
was open – perhaps the grate is not properly set
I am unable to judge – Willie's eye is again
inflamed – I wrote to Dr Ward
Birth: 1806-10-23 Death: 1895-02-24
Saturday saying
his eyes were quite well – There have been a number
of deaths in our neighborhood with the scarlet
fever – no one that we know – there are I believe
one or two cases of smallpox somewhere near the
prison – Among other calamities William contrived
to swallow his slate pencil last night – it still
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remains in his gullet though he can eat and drink
he looks pale and complains that it hurts him constantly
as there is danger of its producing an inflammation
I asked Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
to speak to Pitney
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
on the subject this
morning – it is so far down that I do not think
it can be extracted – it was a little over an inch long
and sharpened at the point – I have seen no
woman-kind since you left except at Church – I saw
Mrs Baldwin
Birth: 1781 Death: 1851Certainty: Probable
and gratified her by telling her you
intended to have seen her again before you went home.
Our new maid
Unknown
remains about stationary – she
did the washing pretty well – her chief merit is
good nature which is so uncommon with her nation
that it is very surprising – Tell Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
I
am much obliged to him for the candle – I shall
not light it until Henry comes home – Mrs Richardsons
Birth: 1778 Death: 1857-08-21

shall be sent – it would have been before this but I
thought I would take it to the Judge's
Birth: 1776-06-05 Death: 1853-04
office myself
the snow has prevented – Love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
– Willie
says he "wishes" he could go to Canandaigua
We have no music and no beaux any more.
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I am reading Mrs Jameson
Author: Mrs. Jameson Publisher: Harper & Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1840
– is the book yours – did you
leave it intentionally – There is a long article in
the Au Argus signed Anti Duellist censuring Henry's decision
in Webbs case —
Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
is much pleased with her present and Willie equally
pleased that it is Abbey's – I was like Mrs Miller
Birth: 1780-09-18 Death: 1850-03-09Certainty: Possible
– it
was so pretty I wondered Fan did not keep it herself
I hear nothing from Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04

your own Sister –
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN
DEC 9
N.Y.
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