Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 10, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 10, 1843
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1843-10-10

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, October 10, 1843

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: New York, NY

receiver: Lazette Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01  Death: 1875-10-03

location: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: pxc 

revision: crb 2018-07-10

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New York Tuesday Oct 10
My dear Sister,
I looked in vain for a letter from
you while at West Point and although I was
well aware of the irregularity of the mails I
could not avoid feeling disappointed that
no letter came – We remained there until Mon-
day morning – then I took leave of my boy
for many long months – I had proposed
returning and spending some part of another
week but our intercourse was so unsatisfactory
and interfered so much with Augustus'
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
studies
that he thought himself that I had better not
return – We saw many of the officers of the
institution including the Clergyman and physician
the conversation I had with them did much
towards reconciling me to situation of my
boy still I have so many apprehensions about
his health that I am by no means comfortable
I think sometimes I should be quite reconciled
if Augustus could when ill be under the
care of a homeopathic physician – Dr. Wheaton
Birth: 1787-01-05 Death: 1860-04-23

said he was very ill for 15 days – fever
which I made him acknowledge by close enquiry
was occasioned to his exposure during the
summer – they are obliged while on guard
to walk for four hours in the open air
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along the bank of the river exposed to the influence
of miasma arising from the low ground on the
opposite side – I am constantly hearing accounts
of young men whose health has been injured or
destroyed by a residence at the point – The
first five months is acknowledged by all graduates
to be the most severe – one cadet told me that
were he now to leave the institution there was
nothing – no inducements could be offered that
would lead him to subject himself to the hardship
which he had undergone the first year – I have
almost filled my letter with that which has entirely
filled my heart for the last week – Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

went to the Post Office early the morning we
left – I asked Augustus to redirect any letters
that came, to Albany, as my stay at any
other place was too uncertain to admit of
sending there any where beside – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
remained
with me at the point – we all came here Monday
morning – in the Newburgh Boat – reached the
city at eleven oclock – went to the Astor house
and dined – I was to go to Mrs Blatchford's
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23

that evening and Henry to return to Albany –
when Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
came I ascertained indirectly
that one of the children was very dangerously
ill – of course though he politely urged it I
declined accompanying him home and decided
upon accepting the cordial invitation of Col.
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
and
Mrs. Webb
 Death: 1848-07-01
to come immediately to their house
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Col. Webb and Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
dined with us at the Astor house
after dinner we came home with the Col – and Henry
after a stay of 10 minutes took his departure for
the steam boat – Our room was full as usual
while we were at the Astor – Henry did not
succeed in finding Mr. Inman
Birth: 1801-10-28 Death: 1846-01-17
– I was sick
and tired – returned to my room soon after tea –
This morning at 1/2 past nine I made my first visit
to Dr. Parmly
Birth: 1797-03-13 Death: 1874-12-13
– my side tooth is set with very
little trouble – the wedge between a couple of teeth
which are to be filled gives me more pain than
setting half a dozen – Tomorrow I go again and
hope to get through which will depend upon
the Dr – It is my intention to leave here Saturday
for Florida where I shall spend Sunday and Monday
perhaps Tuesday – then to Albany – and then
home I hope certainly as early as the last
of next week – I cannot until I hear from
you make any arrangement about my dear little
boy
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
– Henry was to send on any letter he might
find at Albany – unless they meet me here
I must wait until I go to Albany – Sam
came here this afternoon to let me know that
his sister was no better – I shall not go they
there to make any stay if I go at all – Sam
says he sent you two baskets by Pomeroy: express
did they come safely – Freddy has been quite
ill to day with the sick headache which I fear
he inherits from his fathers family – Kiss my precious
one for me – love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
– your own Sister
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
NEW YORK
OCT 11
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