Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 7, 1845

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 7, 1845
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1845-12-07

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 7, 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: ccd 

revision: crb 2018-07-20

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Sunday afternoon
My dear Sister,
Until your letter came last
evening I had persuaded myself you were
too ill to write – I am glad to hear you
are better – I have a cold myself but
it has not made me as sick as
usual – Our winter has come upon us in
good earnest about three weeks earlier
than usual – In the midst of that snow
storm last Monday Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
invited Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
and
Kit
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
to come and eat some oysters – Sam
was asked to bring his wife
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
and Kit
brought his without asking - I hope
they none of them found the evening
more dull than I did – I found it dull
enough and was much relieved when
they left at ten o'clock – I am not one
of those people who admit that poor company
is better than none – Henry brought the
horses home with him by rail road and
steam boat – they are a pair of stout
ponies without having much beauty to
display I have no doubt they will be more
useful than either the greys or browns
We have a huge sleigh belonging to Kit

[top Margin] I have a letter from Lewis Miller
Birth: 1787-06-11 Death: 1857-02-14
– he is at
Savannah – better than when his wife
Birth: 1808-10-29 Death: 1871-10-17
went
to him but not materially better than when
he was here – Henry gives cash again before
Christmas —

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Morgan now but the original proprietor was
Isaack Wood
Unknown
– it is rather too heavy for the
horses without any people – This sleigh
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Horton
Birth: 1810-07-02 Death: 1869-01-10Certainty: Probable
brought from Aurora last
Wednesday Fred driving the two horses
with great dexterity in the high drivers
seat – Thanksgiving Day we rode to Church
and after dinner with Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
and Catherine
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898

went to Skaneateles – Called at George
Leitch's
Birth: 1811-06-11 Death: 1855-02-28
and Mrs Kellogg's
Birth: 1786-03-22
– Mrs Kellogg
appears much as she did 20 years ago
the house is unchanged but the furniture
has become old and rather shabby –
Maryann
Birth: 1805-05-02 Death: 1848-01-09
has a grandson
Birth: 1845-06-25 Death: 1864-07-30
so Mrs Kellogg
is great grandmother Maryann must
be a frivolous grandmother unless she
is changed much since I knew her –
Mrs Leitch
Birth: 1814-07-27 Death: 1862-10-03
was sick – we were not
admitted – Mr Leitch was at Mrs Kellogg's
he has partially recovered from his paralysis
and is fully persuaded that hyrdropathy
will effect a complete restoration – is
now at home on a visit – returns to
Brattleborough next week – I doubt
his recovery – Fred is much grieved that
you are not coming here before he returns
to college – he will come to Canandaigua
if he can – One of his first enquires when
he came home was 'When is Aunty coming'
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Fred is the best or one of the best schol scol scholars
in his class having the maximum number
of marks for lessons – this is gratifying
to his father but a matter of more indifference
to me – Freds collegiate course seems so
much less severe than the discipline to
which Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
is subjected that the
comparison makes me uncomfortable –
I have no letter from Augustus since I wrote
the obstructed navigation is probably the cause.
Henry brought Miss Parsons
Birth: 1812
back to Albany who
after some deliberation has concluded to
take charge of the Seward Seminary – she
returns to Florida and opens her school
the latter part of this month - Mr
Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
is as impatient as ever to have it in operation
I think Miss Parsons will regret having accepted
the situation in about ten days —
I did not see L. Lathrop
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-08-20
he sent your
letter in the midst of the snow storm with
a note from himself expressing his regret
that the storm prevented his delivering the letter
in person – Henry's last interview with the
Dr amounted to his telling him that Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16

was not in a situation to patronize a young
man in a pecuniary manner so I believe
that the Dr gives that up – Why do you intimate
that it is doubtful whether you come out
for a visit - You have no family there as I have
to keep you you at home – Willies
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
eyes
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are not so well since the snow came – Grandpa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

has had two ill turns recently – Sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
does
not walk alone – I do not think she will
immediately – she is very well and fat –
Henry has not smoked any for two months
he is remarkable for having abjured tobacco
in two forms —
You could send the comforter by Mr Seavers
Unknown
(Clara's
boarder) who is in the Post Office and comes home
tomorrow evening – I have the headache which
must apologize for a dull letter – Fred sends
love – your own Sister —
Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
DEC 7
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AUBURN N.Y.
DEC 7
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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
Sister –
1845-46