Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 26, 1843

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 26, 1843
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Date:1843-11-26

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 26, 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: cnk 

revision: tap 2018-07-17

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Sunday Nov 26th 1843
My dear Sister,
We had a comfortable ride home
the cars were not crowded and the day so dark
that Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was not obliged to have his eyes
covered he was very happy to be able to look
out at the window and run about the car
I felt so lonely when I came home that I put on
my hat and shawl after dinner and went to
Clara’s
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
where I staid to tea – One after another
the smiling faces that used to greet me when
I returned home in my earlier years, have all
departed, yours Grandma’s
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
Clara’s – at times the
feeling of desertion is very painful – My close
eyed boy was here to welcome my return – he had
dined every day with Clara during my absence
a letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
assuring me of his health
also contributed to my comfort – The kitchen
department had gone on as well as I could
expect Catherine
Unknown
does not find any place yet
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for once every body seems to be supplied with help–
My wrapper remains in the same state – after seeing
the street filled with those which are short I am
very well content to let mine remain as it is
in length – I found it infinitely more comfortable
than a cloak in traveling – Friday was baking
day – in addition I had the headache – We
were invited to a party at Mrs Cheadell’s
Birth: 1807-10-03 Death: 1874-03-11
which
I did not feel able to attend – Yesterday I went
to make visits of which I have now accomplished
20 since I returned from N. York – when I have made
about 25 more I shall be relieved for the Winter
I went to see Mrs Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22
who certainly talks in a very
strange manner for a person who makes any pretension
to sanity – I will not attempt to relate any
of the extravagant stories she told about the
Atkinsons
x Birth: 1837  Death: 1837  Birth: 1831  Death: 1832-03-04  Birth: 1828  Death: 1828-07-30  Birth: 1824  Death: 1825-03-26  Birth: 1799  Death: 1863-11-27  Birth: 1823  Death: 1843-10-09  Birth: 1829  Death: 1843-10-10  Birth: 1790  Death: 1843-07-17 
– she says there is no truth in the report
about the cellar – that the two sons are still lying
at the point of death and Mrs Atkinson is par-
tially deranged – though in the next breath she said
Mrs Atkinson was all ready to accompany her home
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at one time – it is utterly impossible to know the true state
of the case from any thing Mrs Hills says – I went to see Debby
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from whom I learned that Mrs Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
went to meet John
Birth: 1804 Death: 1866

rather in pursuance of the advice of her friends than from
any information received from John – She however received a
letter from John saying he was at Hins- or Hillsdale in Michigan
where he proposed remaining until he heard from her – he enquired
whether she would come this Winter or in the Spring but made
no arrangement further – he said he had not received any letters
from her – his ^letters^ are also supposed to have been detained a long
time as there were two or three came at one time – After
some deliberation Maryann concluded to go to him this Winter
which I presume means that she concluded to go to Leonards
Birth: 1809-11-29 Death: 1846-03-30

as they are keeping house – Dr Briggs
Birth: 1807-12-05 Death: 1888-04-24
accompanied her to Buffalo
she had some other acquaintance to go with her to Detroit
went without any nurse with those three children
x
Unknown Birth: 1843-07-01  Death: 1845-07-07  Birth: 1840-07-03  Death: 1923 

Amanda
 Death: 1847-11-10
is very much out of health which made her more
anxious to go – Debby says Capt. Warden
Birth: 1803-10-21 Death: 1861-03-22
has been here and
is not satisfied with his employers – he probably would not
be satisfied with any, unless he could be supported without
labour – Debby had numerous other items of news which
were not very important we went to Mrs Cheadells
(Debby was at the party the evening previous)- and called upon
Mrs Dr Dimond
Birth: 1816-09-09 Death: 1895-05-31
who is pretty and agreeable – I also went
to see Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05
who enquired very particularly about the
society at Canandaigua – it is certainly very amusing
to hear how many persons there are in our small town
who are unable to find any “society” – the word is rather
too comprehensive to have any definite meaning without
further explanation but I suppose it means fashionable society
as there is about the same amount of intelligent & well bred
people ^women I mean^ in all towns of this size – I think upon the whole
if the dissatisfied portion should get together I think they would
form quite a large circle by themselves – It is a pity that
the female sex cannot all inhabit large towns that being the
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the chief object of the ambition of so many – It is Monday
afternoon – Clara spent last evening with me – Pray what did
you tell me about the eggs I have forgotten – The cranberries
in the basket went this morning I suppose will reach
you before my letter – Love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
– your own Sister
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
does not come yet – I expect him daily –
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN
N.Y.
NOV
27
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