Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 24, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 24, 1846
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Date:1846-05-24

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 24, 1846

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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: pxc 

revision: tap 2018-07-23

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Sunday May 24th
My dear Sister,
Were it not for this day of rest I believe
I should not find time to write at all – We have
been very busily engaged cleaning house this week so much
so that I have hardly taken a needle into my hands—
We have three or four more rooms but the most
essential part is completed. Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
went yesterday
morning to Seneca Falls – he is much better but
I did not think well enough to go from home—
He is very feeble and I think gradually failing –
returns tomorrow – Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
was to meet him at
the depot – I received two letters from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Friday
both mailed at New Orleans – nine day coming
he said he should follow them in a few days
I look for him tomorrow – New Orleans is at
present a military theatre – Henry says nothing
of Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
in connexion with the war
he is not ever in his thoughts as in mine, –
and then he could say nothing to allay my
apprehensions – the shades will continue to deepen
God grant that they may not end in total
darkness — that all my fearful foreboding may
not be realized – I hear nothing from him
or Frederick
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
wrote me more than
a week ago that the smallpox was rife at
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Geneva and wished my advice about being revacci
nated – I have another letter saying the disease
is subsiding – I see Miss Bissel
Birth: 1792 Death: 1861-03-13
occasionally she
always enquires about you – I heard Caroline
Smith
Birth: 1824 Death: 1881-01-22Certainty: Possible
had been sick but saw her in church
today – Mrs. Cox
Birth: 1819 Death: 1868-03-25
and the Miss Conklings
Birth: 1814-01-27 Death: 1890-07-29
are
very punctual in their attendance since his faux
pas – I suppose the air of defiance they assume
has a very supporting effect – Margarette
dresses like a play actress, or a courtesan —
I am told they all blame Goodwin
Birth: 1807-11-26 Death: 1879-05-13
he being
deputized by the vestry to make the unpleasant
communication – they seem to think it a sheer
piece of malice in Goodwin and do not believe
in any general dissatisfaction – The whole
family including Mr Cox
Birth: 1819-11-13 Death: 1895-01-16
are very deficient
in wisdom – and I think rather destitute of
kind feelings – I hear many things which
I can tell better than write –
Old Mr. Wood
Birth: 1784-12-12 Death: 1850-05-24Certainty: Possible
is a provoking old creature but
his opinion is of little weight – There is no
person we meet more prodigal in demonstrations
of respect which however insincere they may
be evince a belief in some natural or factitious
superiority– his malicious observations though
very impudent when addressed to you
will do no harm – it is the penalty all
elevation either of intellect or condition has to
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pay to little minds – I suppose I shall know
something about Mrs Maury's
Birth: 1801-11-01 Death: 1849-09-21
visit when Henry
comes if she does not come with him which I
think possible as he returns by the way of
Washington – Does Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
correspond with
Maria Lathrop
Birth: 1826-04-08 Death: 1908-12-08
I hear occasionally of Maria
having a letter from her whereupon all the
women look at each other very curiously –
Maria's reputation is decidedly bad I think if
I were Frances I would not write to her
any more – There were three girls
Unknown
sent to jail
from Callapoos’s last week I was glad to hear
Maria was not among them — The Dr
Birth: 1796 Death: 1857-08-20
is much to be
pitied and yet his bible tells him the sins of the
fathers are visited upon the children to the third
and fourth generation – The Priest is to come
every third Sunday the congregation having concluded to
give the church to the Bishop so I suppose Eliza
Unknown
will be more
contented – Jane
Unknown
is here to day – Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
will come home
some time this week – I think it was a mistake about his
[ brining ]
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Alternate Text: bringing
a cook from New York – I am inclined to think
Jane will take the cooking as they wish her to do – but it is
not decided – Wyatt's
 Death: 1846-08-17
trial will come up next week
the war has banished Freeman
Birth: 1824 Death: 1847-08-21
from the minds of
the people at present – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
are well
Willie has 9 chickens which occupy all his time.
My spirits are too much depressed to write a cheerful
or an interesting letter – Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
is well your own
Si[ ste ]
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
May 24
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