Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 20, 1844

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 20, 1844
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1844-11-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 20, 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: maf 

revision: crb 2018-07-19

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Wednesday evening Nov 20th
My dear Sister,
I intended to have written this letter
in time for the mail to night but have failed
in consequence of not feeling well enough after
dinner – Last Thursday morning Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
received
a letter from his father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
announcing the prospect
of an immediate and fatal termination of mothers
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11

disease – Henry took the cars the same afternoon
(accompanied by Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
) and went immediately
to Florida – I have a letter from him to day
saying his mother is still alive though so
much exhausted that he thinks she cannot
long survive – Henry was so fortunate as to find
a day boat going down the river and reached
Florida Friday evening – he would remain
there until Monday and then should mother
be as comfortable as at the time he is writing
will go to N. York Monday – his letter is
mailed at N. York from which I infer
that he is now there – To day Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
and
Harriet
Birth: 1819-02-06 Death: 1893-11-01
are to sail for Santa Cruz
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Henry will return to Florida on the receipt of
any unfavorable intelligence – As for Fred
he went away about half dressed – Henry
says nothing about him – I hope he has gone
with his father as the dearth of books in
Florida would make his sojourn there very
dull – I shall probably hear further tomorrow
or the next day – I also received a letter
from my cadet
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
today – he is well and his
studies have increased to the number of five
says there was much disappointment about
the result of the election – Your boy
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
is
standing by my side writing you a long
letter which is composed aloud for my
edification – he is a dear little boy – thinks he
has all the responsibility of taking care of his
mother thrown upon him – then he has to keep
Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
in wood and read him to sleep
occasionally – he is well and full of spirits
racing about in the cold whenever the weather
is at all favorable – Clara
Birth: 1827-12-03 Death: 1911-07-07
attended a
small party at Mrs Smith’s
Unknown
T Monday evening
there were about 20 there as they were invited
to come at 6 oclock it proved rather a long
joy! – Clara says she hears many enquiries
Page 3

about Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
among the young people with
whom she is a general favorite – She will
enjoy the novelty of a winter in Albany though
it would undoubtedly enhance the pleasure much
to have you with her to say nothing of other
advantages which your company would afford her –
Will Frances be able to stop here on her way down?
I should write her a long letter fearing she may
not, but I am not able – a constant and much
of the time very severe pain in my side makes it
exceedingly difficult for me to write – Your account of
Mrs Wayland’s
 Death: 1867-01-28
soiree is very characteristic of American
society at lest least as far as this state is concerned
I cannot answer for any other but I think that eating
is the chief attraction for such gatherings especially
with the men and married women – it is a humiliating
thought ^opinion^ and one for which many feel disposed to quarrel
with forgiveness for expressing – I must say I felt both
surprised and mortified to find Miss Sedgwick
Birth: 1789-12-28 Death: 1867-07-31

express so much dissatisfaction with the entertainments
she met in England thereby confirming the English in the
belef belief that our sensuality had not been exaggerated
by Mrs Trollope
Birth: 1779-03-10 Death: 1863-10-06
&c – I am every day making more discoveries
on this same subject and find many persons of whom I
expected better things, plea ^have^ their ideas of enjoyment upon
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a gratification so purely animal – I wish you would inform
Elizabeth
Unknown
of the fate of her letter if you know it – She
thinks it an imperative duty to go every day to the Post
Office for an answer –
Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
has a young son
Birth: 1842-12-11 Death: 1902
Mrs Johnson
Unknown
is with her
Willie’s
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
letter is completed and sealed with 3 wafers and a
black seal – it contains information about the kittens
growing very larger, qe questions about your visit &c
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
NOV 21
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[right Margin] he thinks it accompanies mine to the office – Reade
 Death: 1864
was
to return to Albany on Monday – I presume has gone – he and Mary
Jane
Birth: 1826 Death: 1896
were much together in publick – they called here
of course I did not see them –