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

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 23, 1842
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1842-12-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 23, 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: tap 2017-10-26

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Friday Dec 23d – 1842
My dear Sister,
You may expect a very disagreeable
ill-looking letter from me taking it for granted that
the letter will bear a striking resemblance to its writer –
I have been sick all the week partly in consequence
of a hurt and partly on account of the horrible
fate of Philip Spencer
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01
– I cannot conceive any
thing more awful – if it does not nearly kill
his mother
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10
she has more philosophy or less feeling
(rather synonymous) than other women – Though I
might hope under a similar dispensation by the
grace of God, to attain resignation under an affliction
so terrible, I should never expect entirely to recover
from such a soul subduing affliction – I felt
precisely as you did in regard to the sudden
infliction of punishment for a crime let it be of
what nature it might but further accounts
seem to palliate what at first appeared so aggravated –
The official account may afford still further
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information – The men all seem to think it just right to
hang a boy of 19 without an hour for preparation,
and some of the women too – Dear Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
came
near having a nervous fever – as neither of us
slept the night the news came – she had chills
and fever all night – thinking of course that
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
although he is one of the best boys in the
world would one day be caught and hanged without
judge or jury – No mother with 3 boys
x Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 
can
know what trials are in store for her but I trust God
will preserve mine from such fearful crimes –
My nervous system has received another shock from
a blow upon my head – I was washing the dining
room closet, one of the upper doors was open when
I rose suddenly under it whereby the sharp edge
was thrust into my head – I felt as though my
head was crushed – the blood gushed from the wound
I ran into the kitchen and employed Maria to
pour upon it cold water in abundance – I continued
to apply cloths wet in cold water all day
(hydropathy) – my head has ached much of the time
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since one or two day violently – I have also suffered
from nausea – the cold water had the effect to
prevent any soreness and had my head been like that
of any other person I presume would have prevented all
ill effects – Your letter came yesterday morning – I
think you had great moral courage to venture out that
cold Sunday – as you say nothing of your cold I hope
it is better – Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
has not recovered yet from
hers – I called there again this week – Sarah Miller
Birth: 1782
is
spending two or three days with her – Mrs Miller says
the state of her finances are is such that she cannot any longer
afford to keep house – she wishes Clara to take her house and
board her – I am afraid Clara will find it an uncom-
fortable change if she does – Mc Clallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
is rather inclined
to go – nothing decided yet however – We went to Compstons
Birth: 1790 Death: 1850-04-03

Tuesday and saw all the boarders Mrs Wood
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, Perry
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
and Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24

Mrs Dill and Perry are in the third story – the house is
large – Mrs Dill’s rooms are the same as Debby’s – Leonard
Birth: 1809-11-29 Death: 1846-03-30

and Amanda
 Death: 1847-11-10
have moved back to the old place –
Griswold
Birth: 1817 Death: 1879-12-23
keeps Leonards house – so they change about –
I cannot say much in favour of Clara’s visit – the
Cloak is here yet and the man sick – if she had
it I doubt whether she would get away from home
this cold weather – you must come if Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
goes
to Albany – Will Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
go with her father –
I have no doubt you have had much difficulty in [ decyphring ]
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the veto – I find Henry’s letters illegible and they are
written more carefully – Willie’s eyes continue bad
I have two letters, and medicine from Dr Ward
Birth: 1806-10-23 Death: 1895-02-24

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with a very nice note from H. Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
who sent
them – I hear nothing of the N. Y. people – Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
has
gone to Washington – Love to Frances – your own
Sister
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
DEC 23
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