Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 12, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 12, 1843
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Date:1843-03-12

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 12, 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 2018-07-09

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Sunday afternoon
My dear Sister,
Your letter came yesterday – I hasten
to commence an answer before I am incapacitated by
headache – It is a charming spring day – we have all
been to church except Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
and our Unitarian guest
Unknown

He and Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
have now walked over to Judge Conklings
Birth: 1789-10-12 Death: 1874-02-05

Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
has taken Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
to divert and I am left alone –
I hope now our Spring is fairly commenced we have
had a long Winter put it all together – I have
a letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
to day – his vacation will
commence in less than 3 weeks' – he begins to talk
of coming home and is inclined to think the
river will not be open – We hear nothing new from
Washington in relation to his appointment – John C.
Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
has become Secretary of the Treasury – the War
department being left vacant – I suppose if he does
not choose to use his influence to get a warrant
that this will afford him some sort of an
though it is none in truth – I feel perfectly
willing to have it all in the hands of Him who
'seeth not as man seeth' – We had a dull preacher
Unknown

to day I don't know who – Mr. Croswell
Birth: 1807-11-07 Death: 1851-11-09
was not
there – Fernando Wood
Birth: 1812-06-14 Death: 1881-02-14
is here again and I have
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not called upon Anna
Birth: 1822-02-02 Death: 1859-12-09Certainty: Probable
– This is inexcusable – Though the
the weather has been tolerable and I have many visits
to make I have not been out this week – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

would not go with me – I could not even per-
suade her to go and see Mr. Hardings
Birth: 1792-09-01 Death: 1866-04-01
pictures
Henry says he is making an excellent likeness
of Pa – Willie's eyes have been so bad this last
week or two that I have taken much care of him
Dr. Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
, whom I like more & more, advises
me to consult an occulist, or at least concurred
in my opinion that it was best – he offered to write
to Dr Beigler
Birth: 1818 Death: 1858-08-03
and ask ascertain whether he had
neglected any homeopathic prescriptions which would
be of use but I do not think he can be benefitted
by a physician – Henry does not seem quite
sure that Dr. Munn
Birth: 1804-04-07 Death: 1847-12-12
is as good an occulist
as he is represented for no other reason than
that he does not know him – I hope he will not
grow any more [ sceptical ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: skeptical
as he grows older
for I think now he is rather too much addicted
to doubting – I feel unwilling to have our dear
little boy shut up in a dark room, excluded from
the delightful air and sunshine of this next
8 months – patient as he is it is cruel to
neglect any means which may lead to a
restoration – Gurnee
Birth: 1807-10-01 Death: 1863-12-10Certainty: Probable
came and went again very
suddenly – I only saw him at dinner he returned
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the same day – he says Aunt Schooley
Birth: 1774 Death: 1850-01-31
is nearly
blind her eye sight is so imperfect that she
does not recognize her own children
x Birth: 1810  Death:   Birth: 1809  Death:   Birth: 1806-05-23  Death: 1850-05-23  Birth: 1801  Death: 1868-09  Birth: 1797-10-18  Death: 1873-10-24 
until she
hears them speak – Poor woman if her life of toil
and trouble is to be closed in darkness I trust she
will have a brighter home in a future state of
existence – She and Schooley
Birth: 1768-05-30 Death: 1870-02-16
old and helpless as they
are, are living entirely alone – Verily the love of
children is not in an ascending series – Harry
did not seem to know any thing about his parents I
hope he will not look for filial love and reverence
from his children
Unknown
– but he will, and complain
of their ingratitude if it is not rendered –What
reasonable creatures we are – I presume there are
two versions of the corrosive sublimate story – I trust
the homeopathic physicians will not kill as many
in this way as the allopathy have with calomel
and the improper use of other remedies – Once in a while
you come across one honest enough to confess how much
mischief has been done in this way – Dont you think I
am reading Mrs. Trollope
Birth: 1779-03-10 Death: 1863-10-06
– I took up the book
Author: Frances M. Trollope Publisher: Whittaker, Treacher & Co. Place of Publication:London Date: 1832
yesterday
and was surprised to find how my views and sentiments
had changed in 10 years – Her censures though very
illnatured have generally their foundation in truth –
I think I shall pursue her journeyings forth tomorrow–
Fred and I went out to look at the comets tail
last night it was visible though dim — Fred thinks
he has seen it today but the sun light almost
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blinded him – this will be a “sign in the heavens” for
the Millerites – I have a letter from Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
– he
says I have not heard from Mamma since Nov —
Love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
— your own
Sister
3 cups of dough – 3 eggs – 2 sugar –1 butter – a little pearlash
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
MAR 12
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