Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 20, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 20, 1845
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-08-20

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, August 20, 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 2018-03-22

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Wednesday morning
My dear Sister,
I have just received your letter
assuring me of the safe arrival of my dear
little boy
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
—We are very lonely without him
particularly sister Fan
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
who looks all about
very intently when we call Willie—
I am now engaged in preparing Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
for College
he leaves us the week after next—Tell
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
the Miss Conklings
x Birth: 1813  Death: 1885-03-12  Birth: 1814-01-27  Death: 1890-07-29 
proved to be
excellent sewers so that I have a prospect
of much less trouble in shirt making
than I had formerly—after Fred comes
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
and then when I am left all
alone I intend to take Willie and Fanny
and come to Canandaigua which will
be about the 1st of October—It seems
to me I have been so hurried the last two
months that I have been perfectly bewildered.
I saw much less of Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
than I should
have done had we been more alone but I
miss him very much—he was always
ready to go with me any where and
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assist me in any way that he could cheerfully
it is hard to be always separated from a child
so dutiful and affectionate but I could bear
even that unrepiningly were i I not constantly
apprehending the evil consequences of a military
life—Should there be a war with Mexico
which I believe is now generally admitted
as probable he is liable at any time to
be sent into active service—Ferdinand
Mumford
Birth: 1818-06-21 Death: 1872-10-01
has been ordered to t Texas
at a season of the year when it is very
probable that the climate will cause
the death of half his regiment—And
this such an unjust war it rivals even
the Florida persecution of the poor Indians.
If any thing could reconcile me to a breach
of the commandment "thou shalt not kill" it
would be a war in defence of just rights
but this wicked appropriation of Mexican
territory at a time when she was thought
too weak for defence admits of no
justification – I am eagerly watching the
papers for a realization of my fears—

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as usual Kiss my boy for me—
I think it must be rather suffocating employment
attending parties in dog days I have more
things to say to you than I shall be able to remember
until October
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Before Augustus left he went with me to
call at Gov Throops
Birth: 1784-08-21 Death: 1874-11-01
—We found abundance
of women in the pretty cottage and
Augustus accused me of making an over
long visit—Among the number was
Harriet Martin
Birth: 1817-04-06 Death: 1883-10-16
formerly of Canandaigua
Not knowing she was there I did not recognize
her—I never have seen her without her bonnet
before—She enquired about you and Frances—
Mrs Throop Martin
Birth: 1818-12-25 Death: 1899-07-09
is agreeable chiefly
because she is unpretending—she and the
Gov—took us all over the house which
is very pretty and escorted us about the
Grounds—Mrs Martin her daughter
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Either Cornelia Eliza Martin
Birth: 1840-02-10 Death: 1927-01-14
(18400210-19270114) or Mary Williams Martin
Birth: 1838-05-05 Death: 1884-01-26
(18380505-18840126)
and
old Mrs Hatch
Birth: 1762-09 Death: 1846-06-23
you know—Throop
Birth: 1808-11-25 Death: 1883-09-19
had gone
on a fishing excursion with some friends
Unknown
—We
returned too late to stop at Judge Conklings
Birth: 1789-10-12 Death: 1874-02-05
as
we purposed—I am sorry about Post
Birth: 1780-11-18 Death: 1846-03-14
—but "the
course of true love & c'—Fan says she is not
engaged—so I tell every body—I hope she wrote nothing
to the contrary to Caroline Smith
Birth: 1807
who I am told lost
her letter in the street and had not found it—I was
told the day after—have heard nothing since as Debby
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is gone probably—shall not—Bronson
Birth: 1792 Death: 1857-06-20
and Debby were
married yesterday at 2 oclock and immediately

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together—tell Willie Nat
Unknown
is well and quite
lonesome without him—Aunt Clara
is pretty well again but I think not as well
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took the cars for Saratoga—to be absent 4 or 5 weeks
Georgia
Birth: 1835
was left with Lydia
Birth: 1811-02-27 Death: 1904-03-13Certainty: Possible
—I have heard no
particulars—Did I write that Henry
Birth: 1814 Death: 1910
and Clary Miller
Birth: 1821 Death: 1907

visited us a day or two before Augustus left—Clara is
still here is to spend some weeks with Aunt Clara
Mary Seward
Birth: 1828 Death: 1905
and she are quite intimate—I like
her appearance much better than Catherine
Unknown

Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
left the same morning with Augustus
with the pleasing assurance that he should bring
Mrs Blatchford
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
in a week or so—Sister has
a number of new pranks which are very amusing
She and kitty have been eating bread and milk
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN, N.Y.
AUG 20
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Augustus was to spend one day with the Weeds
x Birth: 1797  Death: 1858-07-03  Birth: 1797-11-15  Death: 1882-11-22 
and
then go to Boston previous to going to Florida—he had
sufficient money from his pay for all his spending
money after he returned from NY—and also for
the excursion to Boston—