Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 23, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 23, 1845
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-06-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 23, 1845

action: sent

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: tap 2018-03-09

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Monday morning—June 23d
My dear Sister,
I was made happy last night
by the unexpected arrival of our dear Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

having seen the continuation of the examination by the
Newspapers I did not expect him until to day
or tomorrow—He went to New York and Philadelphia
in company with the southern cadets and then
came immediately home without going to
Florida—his reply to my enquiry about not
going to Florida threw a dark shadow over
my glad feelings—he said he could go there
when he returned to the Point—He seems
determined to return and with his fathers
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
in-
fluence on that side mine will weigh but
little—it is a bitter disappointment and will
cause me many tears—from the Point he will
most assuredly enter the Army—I foresaw it
all when the proposition was first made to send
him to Mr Kinsley's
Birth: 1802-02-17 Death: 1849-08-24
school. It will be a sore trial
for me—the grave of many fond hopes—but I must
not anticipate—One suggestion from Henry I think
would change the whole matter—if he lives I
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believe he will repent this immolation of a child
of the high moral excellence and generous
spirit of Augustus— Augustus and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
have
been driving about with Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
all the morning
Henry and Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
have gone to OswegoClara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

was here last night when Augustus came—he went
home with her and remained until 10 oclock –
so I sat up with sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
myself—dear little girl she
is very well and full of life—Augustus looks
at her very frequently—she is a little afraid of
him—he is much thinner I think than he was
last summer—his health is good—says he wants
to go to Canandaigua—his Grandfather will not
be willing to spare him at present—I had a toilsome
week—have finished house cleaning at last—Maria
was here two days—she is quite well—Seth
Hawley
Birth: 1810-02-10 Death: 1884-11-10
spent two days here—then I had to
leave my work to call upon people at the Hotel
—to see Abbot Lawrence
Birth: 1792-12-16 Death: 1855-08-18
when he called &c—
all of which interruptions retard matters con-
siderably—I am writing with one hand on the cradle
Mr and Mrs Lawrence
Birth: 1793-05-20 Death: 1860-08-21
and their two daughters
x Birth: 1832-02-21  Death: 1896-04-01  Birth: 1820-04-18  Death: 1893-08-26 

were on their way to Niagara—intending to
spend the Sabbath with Frank Granger
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31
and
his family
x Birth: 1821-08-30  Death: 1868-09-03  Birth: 1819-09-15  Death: 1892-06-16 
—I was not out of the house last
week except once I went to Clara's—Flora
Unknown

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the little girl behaved so ill that I sent her
home last week—I am toiling with Ann
Unknown

who grows more puerile every day—Henry begins
to think of a new cook—Ann makes out poorly
enough—how strange is it that Clara can think her
a better cook than Mary Coe
Birth: 1819-11-24 Death: 1854-12-18
—She is certainly the
most utterly heedless of any person of her age I have
ever seen—I am frequently asked when Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
is
coming out—I wish you were both here to see how
beautiful the garden is made by innumerable
roses—I went to Church yesterday morning—heard
Mr Cox
Birth: 1793-08-25 Death: 1880-10-02
condemn extemporaneous prayer as though
it were positively sinful—he narrowed down the
way to Heaven in a manner that could be done
by none but a bigot—I presume Mrs Smith
Unknown

was the only person in church who saw any
thing to condemn in the sermon. Willies eyes are
quite free from inflammation now—when I wrote before
there was a slight inflammation of the ball of the
left eye which disappeared the next day without
medicine—I believe I will try the calcarea
again for the spot on the right eye if you think
best—Sister is complaining that I make her sit
on the floor alone—Grandpa and Gus are both asleep
Willie is entertaining Anthony
Unknown
the new waiter
who performs very well so far except that he is rather
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to agreeable to Ann—he has just written a letter to his
mother
Unknown
and brought it to me to direct—this is a good
beginning—I am sorry to hear that your blinds
are to be painted at this time—I hope they
will not be kept 6 weeks as ours were
I presume there is village news but I am not in the
way of hearing it—I wish I could tell some
for Frances—I will look for scraps—
your own Sister–
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN, N.Y.
JUN 23
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