Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 31, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 31, 1843
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Date:1843-01-31

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 31, 1843

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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: crb 2018-07-06

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Jan 31st Tuesday
My dear Sister,
I have been sick since last Friday
with the prevailing influenza – Saturday I was confined
to my bed and most of Sunday – under the
benign influence of homeopathic remedies I am
now much better – Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
and Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
came
back last Friday to make us much trouble I
apprehend – after dining here they went to Luke's
Unknown

and remained until Saturday night when
they came back bringing with them little Harriet
Birth: 1838 Death: 1860-04-22

sick I fear with scarlet fever – I was so
ill at the time that the necessary precautions
were not taken with regard to Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
– he was
allowed to play with Harriet and may have
imbibed the disease — Dr Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
has all along
said I must be very cautious about his getting
scarlet fever as the inflamed state of his blood
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would probably render the disease fatal to him – I have
twice given him belladonna but it increases the inflam-
mation of his eyes so much that I hesitate to repeat
it – I have until this morning hoped Harriet might
be only suffering from a cold – last night she was
very ill and this morning I think has more decided
symptoms than heretofore – I have sent for the Dr
who has not been here since Sunday – We must hope
for the best – Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
and William
Birth: 1797 Death: 1872-09-13Certainty: Possible
are both sick with
the cold – Julia
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
left last night – she has gone to
Mrs Sherwoods
Birth: 1794-02-11 Death: 1866-02-03Certainty: Possible
– Nicolas is waiting for Harriet
to get well enough to leave when he intends to go to
Albany for the purpose of getting a situation on a boat –
I wish they were all back again Harriet is discontented
here – the truth is they are spoiled by a city life and
will not be contented again out of it – I received
your letter Sunday – I hope Fans
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
ball was successful.
Your account of your experience in teaching is much
like my own – Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
studies the whole time
out of school on which account I refuse to hear any more
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of his lessons – he seems to have come to the conclusion
that he cannot enter College after he is 16 and then
must enter Sophomore — Billy
Unknown
always appears
with his slate and pencil at the most inconvenient
seasons as his lessons come in at no particular
time being governed by the progress of his work –
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
has written to his father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
to procure his warrant
for him if possible that he may go to West Point
in June – I shall offer no further remonstrance as
he seems very decided about going – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
believes
what I do not, that had I opposed it more last
Fall he would not have gone – but she knows little of
the fearful responsibility a mother would assume in
directing the education of a boy in opposition to the
judgment of his father who has had more opportunities
of observing in addition to his own experience – My conscien-
tious scruples with regard to a military education are
in no manner changed – on this subject I have ever had
but one opinion – it is in direct opposition to the precepts
of the Gospel — I was sorry Dr Hale
Birth: 1797-11-27 Death: 1863-07-15
came
to preach for us when I could not hear him – he
spent the remainder of the day with Henry – I did not
see him – He does not appear to think Philip Spencer
Birth: 1823-01-28 Death: 1842-12-01

was so totally depraved as he has been represented – for
this I respect him – I have not seen Henry Underwood
Birth: 1818-02-08 Death: 1881

since last week – do not know when he will go
to Canandaigua – Clara thinks she would rather wait
until the days are longer and warmer – Freddy
will be very glad to go when he has an opportunity –
Afternoon – Dr. Robinson has just been here - he says
Harriet has undoubtedly got the scarlet fever though not
badly – she plays about during the day – is sick all night
I am of course very anxious about my boys
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Willie especially – his eyes are so much inflamed
today that he can hardly open them sufficiently to see
to walk across the room – I will write again soon
if our prospects are any worse than at present
In the mean it time I do not forget that we
are in the hands of a merciful God
Adieu
Your own
Sister
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
JAN 31
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