Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 13, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 13, 1845
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-08-13

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 13, 1845

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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: tap 2018-03-22

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13th 1845
My dear Sister,
I should have answered your
letter immediately had not Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
been
better – I had the sick headache all day Monday
and learning she was better did not go down
Monday night Mr. Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
came – Mary
Birth: 1823-10-29 Death: 1852-02-14

was not with him – her mother
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
being sick –
As Henry
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
had gone to Rochester Mr. Blatchford
remained only one night deferring his
visit until his return – I went to Clara's
last evening – found her about house again
and looking much better – I hear from
her two or three times each day through
the boys – Augustus and Fred went to
commencement at Geneva– Fred came
home the next evening – Augustus and
Clarence the day following – Augustus
went out with William Muir
Birth: 1824-09-16 Death: 1900-05-02
in a wagon
On their return they dined at Mr Gay's
Birth: 1806 Death: 1878Certainty: Possible

where Lilas
Unknown
is making a visit – Augustus
has been to Aurora to see Dougherty
Birth: 1826-05

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next Monday he leaves home for another
two years, and then he will enter the
Army if not called there before by a war –
I have not dared to think of all this as I
shall when he is gone – I cannot shake
his determination and am unwilling to mar
the pleasure of his brief visit by continual
remonstrance – it is realizing the fears I
have always had since he first went to the
Point – for four years the sound of a drum
has awakened none but melancholy association
he can never know – (men never do know half
the suffering they cause)– how many sleepless
nights and sad days he will bring his
mother – I feel that I have no right to urge
these selfish considerations if other reasons do
not suffice to change his resolution –
He is still gentle, good and I trust unchanged
in his principles – but his home is never now
to be with me – it is a crushing reflection that
so it will be with all my children after
the first 15 years – it is not strange that women
more than men cling to the hope of a better
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world to come – has Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
told you how
dear Sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is she tries hard to talk says
ba-da- pa- ma- and ca - for cat- whenever
she hears a person called she calls too–
Augustus loves her very much he often
carries her about and amuses her a long
time– I hoped to be able to write you a
long letter but the large ironing has
occupied too much of my time and
I must conclude now to be in time
for the mail– your own Sister
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Mrs Alvah Warden
Canandaigua