Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 2, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 2, 1843
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1843-07-02

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, July 2, 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: msr 

revision: crb 2018-03-06

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Sunday. July 2d
My dear Sister,
I have just answered a letter from my boy
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

which came three or four days ago—he has not passed
his examination yet though expecting to be examined
every day—I hope soon to hear from him again—I am
better as you will infer from my being able to write though
still feeling the effects of the influenza sensibly— it is
no ordinary cold—Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
was very ill but half of his
sickness I imparted to the medicine ^he^ took—I begin now
to think I was wrong as I have not ceased to suffer
with nausea since the 2d day of my illness up to
the present time—Julia
Birth: 1811 Death: 1847-07-24
had hardly recovered so as to be
about house before Mr Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
was attacked—he of course
thinks no one was ever so sick before—his groans last night
kept us all awake—and even awed Bob
 Death: 1844-01-25
to silence—
Did Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
write that poor little Jenny
 Death: 1843-06-24
was dead—Maria
left all the birds out in a severe storm of rain and wind
the unfortunate little bird would not leave her eggs and was
drowned upon her nest–Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and I tried in vain to rescusitate
her—She is buried in the garden Fred and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
performed
the obsequies—Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
will mourn the loss of her pet—
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Dick is just beginning to regain his cheerfulness and Bob his
voice since their drenching—I could cover pages of
foolscap with the relation of household grievances—will
commence with telling you that you must not depend upon
Maria Johnson
Unknown
—I do not think she intends to go to your
house—she proves very faithless and has behaved very
ill the last three or four days—I do not know what
Margaret
Unknown
might have been alone, but she is completely under
Maria's guidance—They have both given me notice that
they intend to leave Tuesday—I do not expect Abbey until
the last of the week and having no one in view at present
must hire by the day—I am glad they did not go while
I was sick in bed—Margaret is going to Aurora to a
publick house where she seems to fancy she is to have high
wages for doing nothing—I asked Maria yesterday if she
intended to go to you—She answered she did not know, she
did not want to live where she would have to clean all the
time—I told her if she wished to live in the dirt I presumed she
would not find it difficult to accommodate herself but
that she could not do so with you—Nothing more has
passed on the subject—I was intending to write to you
last week that she was a very poor washer and ironer she
has discovered so many worse qualities since that it
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perhaps as well as it is—I shall say nothing more to her—
Were Abbey at home I should feel relieved to get them both out
of the house—Thursday and Friday night Willie was so
unwell and had such symptoms of croup that I sent
for Dr Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
both times at dawn of day after being
up with him myself half the night—the Dr said it was
the influenza and not croup—he is now quite well
again and has gone with Fred to make their usual Sunday
visit at Clara's
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
—I am so confident that you will come
out this week that I might not have written at all
only to tell you about the girl—If any arrangement
could be made for the baby
Unknown
I presume Clara would
consent to your taking our Maria—Her not being able
to milk is a great inconvenience to Clara—at present she
and the Baby are both thin—Maria has faults enough
but she certainly works better than the people I get—
Fred and Willie are very impatient to have you come—we
all wish it much—Henry went this afternoon to Utica
to attend Court where he may be all the week—
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
will come with you I hope—
your own Sister—
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN, N.Y.
JUL 3
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