Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November, 1846

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November, 1846
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Date:1846-11

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, November, 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 2018-07-16

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Sunday afternoon
My dear Sister
Another rainy Sunday
I have not to day attempted to write go
to church – all my maidens have been
to hear the priest – Margaret
Unknown
came safe
Teusday – she is a smart girl and I
think good tempered – I am glad upon
the whole that she is as old as she is –
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
sent her Catherine
Birth: 1836
to me one day
but she and Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
were too near of
an age. Maria
Unknown
continues very low yet
I doubt her recovery – I went to see
her Monday and found her nearly
senseless deaf and stupid – She hardly
knew me – her symptoms were all bad
Dr Robinson
Birth: 1804-02-04 Death: 1889-07-28
had not seen her since
Saturday – I think I mentioned that
she had become dissatisfied with Dr
Robinson and sent for Briggs
Birth: 1807-12-05 Death: 1888-04-24
the
day previous – Briggs however had
not come – I sent immediately for Dr
Robinson who was not to be found I then
sent for Blanch Fosgate
Birth: 1809 Death: 1887-09-11
– he too was
absent – Dr Robinson came first but
did not see the bad symptoms that I

[top Margin] preferred one like yours —
Tomorrow Fred will put yours into the hands
of the conductor to take to Canandaigua – Henry
is impatient to have it on the way – Willie
and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
are will —


[left Margin] Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
who will never cease to torment me has been to
me to write to you to ask the Waylands
x Birth:   Death: 1867-01-28  Birth:   Death: 1863-10-16 

if they will pay William
Birth: 1830
for the time he
was there – also if they do not
want her services this winter!!
I think they will

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knowing that he was rather dull about
discoveries of this kind I feared to trust
his judgement – he left some medicine
which he said would relieve her –
I came home and sent for Dr Fosgate
and requested him to see Maria and let
me know what he thought of her present
situation — He came back after seeing her
and having an interview with Briggs
who had called in the interim – He
said she was very sick and fast sinking
with a typhus fever which would prove
fatal – Of course he thought her case
had been mismanaged but said little
on that subject – In the evening Maria
sent for me to come over as Dr Briggs
was there I was not well enough to go
and did not see any good purpose that
would be served by going – Clara came over
she had just been there and thought as
I did that Maria was in a very dangerous
state – I sent word to Peter
Certainty: Possible
that he had
better go and see her – in the mean time
Maria had refused to take any more homoeopathic
medicine and Clara thought she ought
to have some other Dr – I expected Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
in
the cars and concluded to do nothing until
he came – When he came he said it was
Page 3

best to send Dr Fosgate to see her, which
I did immediately it was now late in
the evening – Blanch went but found
that since Clara had left Peter had
come and brought Briggs as she
was then under his care Dr Fosgate
declined interfering – Henry and I went
to see her Teusday – Dr Briggs had com-
menced what they call a very active course
she was blistered purged &c &c – She
knew Henry and appeared a little more
intelligent — evidently much better satisfied
with the “active course” than with the
other – Wednesday I was constantly
occupied preparing for Henrys guests 30 to
supper consisting of the board of Supervisors
Unknown

and superintendents of the poor with
a few others – Thursday and Friday
the weather was so unpropitious that I did
not go out and as we heard favourable
accounts from Dr Briggs I did not think
it essential – I went again yesterday
and found her much less improved than
I supposed – she is free from pain but stupid
and almost totally deaf – Briggs told Henry
he thought she would get well – Dr Fosgate
has never intimated that he thought
there was the least chance of her
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recovery but I do not know that he has seen
her since Teusday – Dr Robinson has
not been seen by us since Monday –
so the matter stands – I shall be much
surprised if she ever recovers – She is assisted
now by the town – but has from us every
thing she needs to make her comfortable –
An old colored woman
Unknown
has the children
Unknown
in
charge who I presume expects to be paid for
her services as she will not accept any
of my offers to provide for the children
When Maria was more intelligent than she
now is she told me she felt quite sure she should
not get well and wished me to see that
you Mary was sent to you and the other
child taken to his father
Unknown
– Mary is
apparently a bright pleasant child would
be uncommonly pretty were it not for
the cast of her eyes – they are both
well – My time has been so much broken
up by going to see Maria — and interviews
with Drs that I have accomplished little
the last two weeks – Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
came home
unexpectedly yesterday – he has a vacation of
sixth six weeks – is well, and cheerful as
ever – I have a letter from Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
who
is well – Henry brought you a very pretty
cashmere shawl ^scarf^ like Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
except it is
red – he brought me a very expensive
red crepe scarf – I would much have