Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 31, 1842

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 31, 1842
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Date:1842-12-31

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 31, 1842

action: sent

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:  

revision:  2015-06-16

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Saturday Dec 31 1842
My dear Sister,
My paper and pen were in
readiness yesterday to write this letter but Mrs
Miller
Birth: 1798-10-05 Death: 1885-05-03Certainty: Possible
and Sarah
Birth: 1835-03-18 Death: 1919Certainty: Possible
came to spend the afternoon
with us and prevented my writing – They
came soon after 3 and remained until 9 which
was rather a “long joy” — Mrs Miller with
her usual good breeding observed that the leaves
were almost entirely off from our oleanders,
that the heat of our stove was much less
agreeable than hers &c &c — Sarah appears to
be a good natured industrious little girl without
any striking traits of character – Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
seemed in-
clined to enjoy the company and would far
have entertained them by reading sundry passages
from Curwens journal
Author: George Atkinson Ward Publisher: C. S. Francis and Co. Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1842
, but his audience were
very little interested and of course inattentive –
Curwen
Birth: 1715-12-28 Death: 1802-04-09
was an American Refugee during the

[top Margin] Henry has been to see Mrs Bouck
Birth: 1787 Death: 1861
and the daughter
Birth: 1822-09-02 Death: 1913-03-31

They are in the Dix
x Birth: 1798-07-24  Death: 1879-04-21 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1810  Death: 1884 Certainty: Probable
house

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Revolution – I was interested in what I heard
and shall endeavour to get a peep at the book
before it is returned – Since I wrote before
I have had an excellent letter from Mr Kinsley
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
which
has confirmed me in my opposition to Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

entering the Military Academy – He speaks highly
of the Institution but in answer to my explicit
enquiry says he cannot conscientiously say
that he would select it as the best place to
educate a boy like Augustus – This is confidential
– a candid answer to my questions which perhaps
I had no right to ask – I want you to see the
letter – it has increased the esteem I before felt for
the good man – On the strength of this I have
written a letter to my boy urging him to relin-
quish his purpose of going to West Point – His father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

tells me I can have my own way about it, is
fully impressed with the belief that it is all
because Philip Spencer
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01
was hanged, though I had
written to Mr Kinsley some days before that tragedy
transpired – I distrusted my own judgment before
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receiving Mr K–. letter but as you know have always
been unwilling to have him go there and since he left
home the last time have known no tranquility
I am now entirely willing to assume the responsibility
of opposing it — I have no letter from Augustus in an-
swer – Dear Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has concluded to wait until his
father comes home though I hear he is a little home sick –
I expect them all next week — Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
and Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893

are to come with the remaining furniture Monday –
Henry as soon after as he can – He Fred and H.
Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881
are at the Eagle – left the house last Monday
Fred says Mr Underwood made him a handsome New Years
present – Cooper's
Birth: 1789-09-15 Death: 1851-09-14
works
Author: James Fenimore Cooper Publisher: W. A. Townsend and Company Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1860
— We all laughed heartily
over Mr Wood's
Unknown
fall – he is a perfect Paul Pry whom
I always have heretofore considered rather an exaggerated
fiction – you ought to be thankful that your company
did not stay all night as well as all day this cold
weather – My head is quite well and Willie's
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes
are better – Dr Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
has visited him 3 or 4 times
Dr Ball
Birth: 1801
has buried two children
x Birth:   Death: 1842-12-25  Birth:   Death: 1842-12-24 
– his wife
Birth: 1812
and another
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Editorial Note

Either James Ball
Birth: 1839
(1839-?) or Levenia Ball
Birth: 1842
(1842-?).
child
Unknown
were ill with scarlet fever the last I heard
they still persist in following the old school practice
Our dear little boy is preserved thus far –
I am ashamed to say I have heard nothing from Mrs
Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
– the only fine day we have had during the past
week I went out to do some shopping – had she lived
within a half a mile I should then have gone there –
Christmas we all went to Church – it was very cold
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
went also in the evening – Maria is very
sick but not confined – She was here to work
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Wednesday – was taken sick yesterday – she sent for a
bed, bedstand and bedding which I had promised her –
To day we hear she continues very sick – I am sorry
for the poor creature though it is the penalty of folly
and promiscuness —
I think Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
will have an opportunity to ride much
if she improves all the sleighing we have this winter
Sarah had some experience of the kind to tell Clara
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN
DEC
31
N.Y.
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