Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 7, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 7, 1846
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1846-06-07

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 7, 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: crb 2018-07-12

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Sunday June 8th
My dear Sister,
I have had no letters from you
this week for which I cannot account – for
myself I have never found time to write a
line since Monday – Dr. Brigham
Birth: 1798-12-26 Death: 1849-09-08
came
Tuesday and Dr. Doane
Birth: 1808-04-02 Death: 1852-01-27
Wednesday – Sam
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07

Blatchford has boarded here since he came
back ^(except breakfasts)^ and Mr. Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-02
and Seneca
Birth: 1794 Death: 1859
are
frequent visitors – I have found no
intermission from the labour required to make
them all comfortable – I concluded you
would read an account of the progress of the
trial in the Auburn Journal – You perceive
that little real progress has been made –
the court adjourned over yesterday. Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

does not think a jury of unprejudiced men
can be found to try Wyatt
 Death: 1846-08-17
– and if in a
preliminary trial Freeman
Birth: 1824 Death: 1847-08-21
is found to be insane
he will not probably be tried for murder —
of his insanity I suppose there is not a shadow
of doubt – Dr. Brigham thinks it is a very
clear case – It is marvellous to see the
change which has already taken place in public
opinions two months ago no one was
permitted to intimate any thing of the kind
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now they begin to enquire what will be done with
him if he is acquitted – Of course there is still a
large majority who do not choose to credit his
insanity and many who maintain the obsolete
notion that he should be hanged sane or insane.
among the latter I am sorry to place dear Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

who had she been all this time with us would
think and feel very differently – McClallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16

says the "nigger" ought to be hung –
& how I wish you could hear good Dr
Brigham discuss this point – he is the very
personification of moderation charity and
gentleness – he does not believe in capital punishment
under any circumstances of course is mainly
opposed to the barbarous theory which justifies
executing an insane man though a murderer –
Dr. Brigham went home yesterday is to return
when his presence becomes necessary – Dr. Doane
will remain – There is a letter here for
Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
from Philadelphia which I did not
send on immediately, expecting to hear from you
every mail and thinking you might be
coming so soon as to render it unnecessary –
Henry had a letter from Mrs. Maury
Birth: 1801-11-01 Death: 1849-09-21
last
night – it was written in New York but
she was going back to Washington on some
business which would better become the
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masculine gender – She is coming here but does
not say when so I do not think it worth
while for you to defer your visit on
that account – it will probably be two
or three weeks before she gets along
her letters are more and more disgusting –
I have not seen Clara since Wednesday –
Yesterday the gentlemen and Mary Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
went
to the Lake fishing – I staied at home and prepared
dinner for the party (except Mary) – they
all took tea at Dr. Pitneys
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
– I was invited
but too tired to go – To day I have been
in church three hours and feel proportionally
weary – I hear nothing from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
yet –
or Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
or Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
since I wrote before
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
went to fish and had a very satisfactory
time – Sister
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is fat and precious – she has
a thousand amusing pranks which you
must see to enjoy – I will not write a
long letter as I expect you soon –
Love to Frances – Your own Sister –
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Mrs Alvah Worden
Canandaigua
AUBURN N.Y.
JUN 7
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