Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 29, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 29, 1845
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-11-29

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November 29, 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: ssb 

revision: crb 2018-07-12

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Saturday afternoon
My dear Sister
You will discover by
the chirography that I am writing and
taking care of dear Fan
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
at the same
time – Saturday is a day which occupies
us all with housework – Eliza
Birth: 1833 Death: 1884-07-25
is cleaning
the silver – I have just given sister her dinner
and she is playing by my side occasionally
giving me a jar in the progress of her
amusement – The weather is so extremely
cold that it is not difficult to realize
that Winter has come – Yesterday we were
invited to Mrs Porters
Birth: 1800-04-12 Death: 1886-03-29
to tea – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

and I went at 1/2 past 5 oclock – found
all the ^other^ guests of with guests assembled
and knitting diligently – They were
Mrs Compston
Birth: 1800 Death: 1851-06-04
and Eliza Horner
Birth: 1807 Death: 1876-10-31
– grim —
Mr
Birth: 1802-05-18 Death: 1854-11-28
and Mrs Ward
Birth: 1796 Death: 1861-05-27
– oderiferous –
Nancy Carpenter
Birth: 1790
– antiquated – Mrs
Murphy
Unknown
the mother of Murphy
Unknown
Coarse
and self satisfied – not disagreeably so
however – Mrs Miller
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17Certainty: Probable
in an extraordinary
state of good humour and Mrs Porter
Anna
Birth: 1828-06-01 Death: 1910-05-05
and Charles
Birth: 1826-01-18 Death: 1910-08-28
very agreeable particularly
Charles and his mother – I was most
surprised and pleased to find Charles

[left Margin] Lonard
Birth: 1809-11-29 Death: 1846-03-30Certainty: Possible
does not come–

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changed from the awkward boy of 14 to the
young man of twenty sensible unassuming
and evincing a very amiable disposition –
I talked with him more and more satis-
factorily than with any other person in the
room – He is well looking – a little of the
mother perceptible in his apparel – infinitely
more manly in his appearance than his
father
Birth: 1790-10-24 Death: 1874-02-03
– Anna played upon the piano
Charles accompanied her upon ^with^ the flute
Anna plays very well, but not gracefully
We all came home at 9 oclock precisely
you would have laughed to have seen
me hurrying to bed to be ready for the
wee one when she awoke – Mrs Porter remains
at home this Winter – Nancy Carpenter
spends the winter with her– Anna goes
to Albany to school in February –
I had a letter from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Tuesday he
was at Poughkeepsie on his way to Orange
County
accompanied by whom do you think?
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
quondam teacher Miss Parsons
Birth: 1812

who has gone to take charge of the Seward
Seminary – is not this funny – Henry
went to Mr Parsons
Birth: 1809-05-16 Death: 1864-04-27
to make some enquiries
about a teacher – found Miss Parsons
going to the South – persuaded her with
the assistance of her brother to go to
Florida forthwith – they were on their way
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Henry expected them to be at home to night
but I think it doubtful – his father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24

will find much to engage his attention –
I hope poor Miss Parsons will not get
discouraged in the onset – it is a
dismal place for any one who has
no peculiar interest in the people –
Catherine Miller
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898
is still with Clara she
is a girl of very good mind and every
way more agreeable than her sister
Birth: 1827-12-03 Death: 1911-07-07

I think she will stay all winter –
The boarders
Unknown
will not leave until Spring
though Cla[ ra ]
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is quite tired of them – the
alteration of the house is not completed yet
I have seen Mr
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
and Mrs Blatchford
Birth: 1798-07-24 Death: 1857-12-23
but
once – they were here Tuesday – I
am afraid they do not receive many
civilities from the good people here
Auburn not being famed for attention
to strangers – Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
always enquires if
I do not think you will come out before
the holy days – shall I tell him yes
Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
would be very happy to come
and see you but we are not in funds
at present – he will be at home
until the 6th of Jan – — Eliza wishes
you would ask her mother
Birth: 1810-09-07 Death: 1879-09-21
to send her
a muff when you come – she prefers
dark fur – wishes her mother to look for
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one and send her word of the quality and price
before the purchase she thinks they can be
obtained cheaper at Canandaigua than here
which I think probable – She also wishes
her to enquire the price of dark merino
for a cloak–
This is rather an indication that she is not to leave
at present – I am glad especially for dear Fanny
Tell Frances there are many enquiries about
her – O I neglected to mention that William Hills
Birth: 1821-08-21 Death: 1875-07-12

Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
NOV 30
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[right Margin] and Miss Swain
Birth: 1823-02-06 Death: 1902-07-20
were married Wednesday – a very
quiet wedding – I heard of it accidentaly– married at 5
left for the east in the cars at 8 – this is all
I know — but you may have heard more before
this time –