Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, September 29, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, September 29, 1844
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1844-09-29

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, September 29, 1844

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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: jaa 

revision: csh 2018-03-08

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Sunday afternoon Sep 29th
My dear Sister,
It is a dull rainy Sunday – you
must feel very lonely without Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
– I suppose
we may look for her about the middle of this
week – The weather has been rather unfavourable
for her visit to Boston which I should think
must appear to much the greatest advantage
in the Summer – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
are still
absent I have not heard a word from them
since they left– were it not for Willie's
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
merry
voice I should feel quite lonely too – he is
all the time full of glee which one must
be stoical indeed not to share some times
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
has been out making calls three days
in succession which for her is marvellous –
She walked yesterday to S. Goodwin's
Birth: 1807-11-26 Death: 1879-05-13
with
Debby
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and made a number of visits beside
Our Church are at present in considerable com-
motion owing to the resignation of Mr Croswell
Birth: 1807-11-07 Death: 1851-11-09

which preceded his return from Boston
only a few days – he came back Friday –
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is to remain here the next two months and
then returns to Boston where he is to be the
Pastor of a new Church with a salary of
I dont know how much but one
which I suppose he thinks will be paid
as ours has not been for the last year– Our
Church has become so impoverished
that I think they had better employ an
unmarried divine until they pay their
debts at least – some who are the most
able do not pay at all– Capt. Swain
Birth: 1777 Death: 1870-03-10
and
J. Richardson
Birth: 1780-12-19 Death: 1849-04-14
the burden of course falls
unequally upon others and although most
of the people seem to consider it a surprising
affair that the salary cannot be collected
it is to me no way unaccountable –
Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17
seems to take it very coolly– I presume
she has been importuned too frequently to raise
her subscription– I am really sorry to have
Mr and Mrs Croswell
Birth: 1808-02 Death: 1880-12-16
leave– I think them
both estimable persons– she very agreeable
Mr Croswells sermons are always well
written and if not delivered in the most
impressive manner are in the long run
quite as beneficial as any we shall hear–
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I am very glad the explanation with Post
Birth: 1780-11-18 Death: 1846-03-14
has taken
place although it is not particularly calculated
to increase ones esteem for him– whatever thoughts
or wishes he may have had he seems to lack the
[ magnaminity ]
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Alternate Text: magnanimity
to express– it is better as it is–
being decidedly selfish in all other things if he has
any disappointment he may as well enjoy that alone –
I am glad to hear Mrs Spencer
Birth: 1789-02-23 Death: 1868-10-10
has recovered her tranquility
a thing which would not be easy of attainment
for a woman whose feeling were less superficial –
Mr Spencers
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
feelings and opinions are those of every
disappointed politician who has had his own interest
more at heart than that of those he served–
very benevolent people are never so [ sceptical ]
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Alternate Text: skeptical
about
the gratitude or goodness of others – The
two last times I have give Willie Arsenicum I think
it has occasioned a little inflammation of his eyes
to night I shall lessen the quantity – if the
same effect follows cease giving it – the Belladonna
is decidedly beneficial – the day after taking the
Arsenicum he complained that his eyes burned and
the lights of the candle pained them – there was no
inflammation perceptible except a little redness of
the lids – which was all dispensed by the next
dose of Bel – I hardly know what to say about
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Elizabeth
Unknown
– it would of course be a great advantage to me
to have one who had been taught – and William is very
anxious to have her come – but after living with you
who are naturally more indulgent and having a smaller
family can better afford to be, I doubt her being con-
tented with me– her mother
Unknown
too would perceive a great
falling off in her wardrobe I having no clothes to
bestow but jackets and pants– I am decidedly
in favour of a coloured girl as it takes much longer to
teach one that is not, and has not been in the way
of seeing or learning of such things– I should prefer a white
girl did I think I should be so situated as to be able
to keep her longer than this winter and in that caes
case would as soon have one from an alms house as anywhere
As it is you must do what you think best – I would
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN
Sept
29
N.Y.
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[right Margin] like one as soon as is practical– Caroline
Unknown
gets
no time to sew which is quite important– I do not
hear from Albany– I send one dollar for fare
I will not apologize for not sending more as it
is all I have – if more is required I will
send by Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
– your own Sister–