Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 22, 1847

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 22, 1847



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 22, 1847

action: sent

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: csh 

revision: obm 2018-07-23

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Monday Feb 22nd
My dear Sister
Monday has come round again –
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
has gone to Washington – and you have
not come to see us – I sat up last night
with Mrs Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05-06
and am stupid enough
in consequence to day – Mrs Pitney has
had of late frequent attacks of the same
inflammatory disease with which she
has suffered the last six years – the Dr

calls it inflammation of the stomach perhaps
it is – She suffered greatly last week – one
day the family thought she would not
continue through the day – She has since
that time been constantly under the influence
of opium so that it is very difficult to
ascertain her true situation – I have called
frequently and yesterday morning at her
request went over and sat with her
three hours – as they had no person engaged –
to watch I offered my services and was
gladly accepted – One of the three hours
I was there in the morning she sat with
her hands and feet immersed in warm
water for the purpose of equalizing the
circulation – she has been literally covered
with blisters and two on her back

[top Margin]
to hear the happy [ allsusion ]

Alternate Text

Alternate Text: allusion
to the
Historical Society –
I want much to
go and see Mrs Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04Certainty: Possible
but between Mrs
Birth: 1785-04-24 Death: 1870-04-17Certainty: Probable
and Mrs Pitney my time is occupied –
Mrs Wright laments that you have not written

[left Margin]
I received the little stockings ––
your own
Sister –
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to me give strong indications of mortification
Dr Pitney
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
says she cannot recover and
will not probably survive the ensuing
month – They have sent for her son
Birth: 1825

but he is in Louisiana and cannot reach
her under three weeks – She is only desirous
to live to see her child – is perfectly resigned
to ^in^ the prospect of exchanging worlds and
when free from pain very cheerful – She
has no ties except to her child to make
life desirable – Mrs Salisbury
Birth: 1807 Death: 1890-11-27
her sister
is with her and entirely devoted to her
except yourself I never saw a more faithful
nurse – She lies in the room on a couch
and is always awake and up the moment
Mrs Pitney speaks – I gave her no medicine
during the night, some very light nour-
ishments every two hours – Mrs S– made
diverse revelations to me which were
of such a nature that I must reserve
them until we meet – – You would
have supposed had you seen Mary
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
the first time yesterday that she was
the most affectionate of children nursing
a beloved and venerated mother –
Nothing can exceed her tact unless it be
her duplicity – She is very efficient and
did every thing at the right time and
in the most becoming manner – I no
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longer wonder that she cheats the men
with all my previous [ knowlede ]

Alternate Text

Alternate Text: knowledge
of her char-
acter the conviction would occasionally cross
my mind that she must be influenced
by some worthy motive and I did not
feel quite sure that my suspicions were well
grounded until assured by those who had
a better opportunity of g judging that she
was acting her part – How revolting it
must be to a true nature and yet Mrs Pitney
seemed just as grateful for her attentions
as though they were sincere – Not so with
Mrs S – her high spirit could not brook the
hypocrisy – she often repulsed offered assistance
with a frown – and could ill disguise the
contempt excited by the assumed character –
When I left Mrs Pitney this morning the effect of
the morphine had passed off and she was
in a state of great prostration – Henry went
last night, was detained all night at Syracuse
by the snow storm – I have engaged a
to take Bridgets
Birth: 1810 Death: 1897-03-16Certainty: Possible
place the first of
March – the middle of March Mr Slover

commences pulling down partitions –
Catherine Miller
Birth: 1825 Death: 1898
takes music lessons
here twice a week from Lawrence

altogether we I have not the most
pleasing prospect for the next six weeks
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I was aware that Clara Darling had written an
account of their upset – I was at home preparing
supper for twelve – of course much alarmed
when Dennis
Birth: 1827
came home leading one horse
and reported the other as nearly dead and
the sleigh broken all to pieces – It was
certainly cause for gratitude that they all
escaped unharmed – the poor horse is still
at the farriers
but recovering – The sleigh
is at the carriage makers
– Dennis
who remained motionless with grief the two
first days has again resumed his accustomed
labours – Our Lent has commenced without
a clergyman but the people feel very
piously inclined – The Misses Sherwoods
x Birth: 1822-03-29  Death: 1886-06-04 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1823-11  Death: 1901-02-10 Certainty: Possible

(the leaders) give a party Wednesday – they
commence late in life – Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
in a cradle by the side of Eliza
last night
and has wonderfully increased her cold thereby
by she is at present sitting on Grandpa's
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

lap looking very fat and talking very
hoarse – Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
has gone to see Robert
Birth: 1834 Death: 1884-10-01
he slept with William Henry
Birth: 1823-07 Death: 1900

Maryann Dill
Birth: 1809-01-19 Death: 1886-04-24
called last week she enquired
as every body else does what when you were
coming out – We have Mrs Maury's
Birth: 1801-11-01 Death: 1849-09-21
Author: Sarah Mytton Maury Publisher: Carey and Hart Place of Publication:Philadelphia Date: 1847
usual Morgan
Birth: 1808-06-04 Death: 1877-04-03
took it home before I read it
what I did read was similar to her letters a
compound of fulsome adulation and disgusting
egotism – I send Taylor Hall
– do keep it for
me with Berdans
Birth: 1803 Death: 1827-07-20
letters – it must grace my scrapbook
I have laughed out loud even now to reading it
over all alone – I should like Dr Wayland
Birth: 1796-03-11 Death: 1865-09-30