Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 10, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 10, 1850



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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 10, 1850

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Lazette Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01  Death: 1875-10-03

location: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: rag 

revision: tap 2019-01-25

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Sunday March 10th 1850
My dear sister,
I have been to Mr Pines’
Birth: 1803-01-09 Death: 1875-12-07
church this
morning, the day was so fine we walked there
and back again – it is a long walk and I am quite
tired – I wish you could hear Mr Pine preach there
is an earnestness and sincerity in his manner that
I think can not be counterfeited – though Mrs
 Death: 1873-11-22
says she thinks him the most affected
man she ever saw – I have not seen her, Fan
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
since you come away and I don’t care to again.
I suppose you are in Canandaigua by this time
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
will feel very lonely without you – I have
no news from home later than your letter written
the day after Frances arrived – I hope she did
not get sick by her rapid traveling – You I
hope are preparing to come here either with Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24

or Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
– I do not yet know whether Clarence
is coming – that I shall probably learn when
I get your next letter – I hear nothing from
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
yet and am beginning to get rather
uneasy about him it is now over five weeks
since his letter came – he cannot be all this
time on the way and if not I cannot account
for his silence – I shall not in any event
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remain here later than the middle of April
which by the time you receive this letter will
be about one month longer – I say in
any event – I may to be sure could I be made
certain that Augustus was on his way
here and should not by that time have
arrived – Henry


and Fred see no cause
for uneasiness and do not think it at all
strange that no letter comes – The second
large dinner came off Wednesday – I believe
satisfactorily – Mr Filmore
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08
and Mr Granger
Birth: 1789-06-03 Death: 1866-08-20Certainty: Possible

were among the guests – They sat each side
of me at table – I must say I found the
latter the most agreeable – Mr Corcorans
Birth: 1798-12-27 Death: 1888-02-24

party was a splendid affair so said the
thousand people there or at least that part
of the thousand I have seen among which
were Mr Granger Mr Filmore and Mrs Hills
Birth: 1796 Death: 1863-04-22

Tuesday morning I went with Mrs Hills to
the Presidents
Birth: 1784-11-24 Death: 1850-07-09
. Mrs Ewings
Birth: 1801-01-01 Death: 1864-02-20
Birth: 1796-06-23 Death: 1870-05-10
\ Prestons
Birth: 1813-01-12 Death: 1891-10-17

we also called at Mrs Merediths
Birth: 1801-02-20 Death: 1853-06-28
and on Mrs
Birth: 1798-10-22 Death: 1877-10-12
neither were ^not^ at home – Mrs Hills was
handsomely dressed and appeared remarkably
well as she does at times you know –
Thursday was the day for Mr Websters
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24
speech – of course all the world assembled at the
capitol – It was a much greater crowd than
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when Mr Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
spoke – of which Frances can tell you
Henry gave me his place – almost every senator gave up
his seat to a lady – The speech you have by this
time read – it was received with great pleasure
distinctly manifested by the southern people and
the many northern people with southern principles
which are not few – I cannot say I was as
much disappointed as many others for the reason
that I did not expect from Mr Webster any
thing very different – A man who has been so
long here without being impelled to raise his voice
on behalf of the oppressed, would not be very likely
to do it now when all the country was asking
of him a compromise – the word is becoming hateful
to me. He is much less eloquent than Henry Clay
because his heart is decidedly colder – people must
have feeling themselves to touch others – Still
he is a forcible speaker and there were some
thrilling passages – particularly that in relation
to the Nashville Convention – The Union is warm
in his praise – the Whig papers concurred – here
I am curious to know what they will say out
of the City of New York in which the commercial interest
makes them all want a compromise – Let it concede
as much as it may to the South – The Whigs
who are really Northern men in spirit have
some of them expressed a fear that Mr Webster
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might make Henry falter – How little they know
his nature – Every compromise of Mr Webster to
southern principles only makes Henry advocate
more strongly the cause which he thinks
just – He speaks tomorrow – I shall not
go – the interest I feel is too deep to make
it pleasant to be there – Mrs Webster
Birth: 1797-09-28 Death: 1882-02-26
sat near
the speakers chair in the most conspicuous
place in the Senate – directly opposite her husband
Well she might – he said nothing to touch
the keenest sensibility_ and she is eminent in
self posession – Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
and Dennis
Birth: 1827
both have
permission to go – I presume there will be room
the galleries for all – Mrs Root
Birth: 1788-10-25 Death: 1871-02-14
said she wanted
to hear Mr Seward poor Mrs Root has had some
trials since we saw her she has lost not only
her husband
Birth: 1773-03-16 Death: 1846-12-24
but a son
Birth: 1809-05-06 Death: 1828-12-12
and daughter
Birth: 1816-02-18 Death: 1838-12-12

She came Friday to see me early that she might
not meet the company – Tell Frances I still
miss her very much and shall until you come
Mr Scammerhorn
Birth: 1791-12-11 Death: 1855-08-22
was very eloquent in his praise
the day he dined here – Mrs Sackett
Birth: 1822-02-06 Death: 1874-11-17
went home
alone the Monday after Frances left – I did not
see her again – Sackett
Birth: 1811-11-18 Death: 1895-09-06
is said to have made a
good speech – I have not read it yet – Mrs Davis
Birth: 1791-02-17 Death: 1872-01-24

was here Friday and said I must give her love to her
– The Mrs Kings
x Birth: 1790-09-17  Death: 1873-08-07  Birth: 1791-12-14  Death: 1878-11-03 
were also here but not the
young ladies
x Birth: 1836-07-08  Death: 1905-12-20 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1829-07-02  Death: 1916-11-23 Certainty: Possible Birth: 1826-06-30  Death: 1890-07-28 Certainty: Possible
– I see no more of the Carrolls
x Birth: 1812-03-27  Death: 1895-02-11  Birth: 1802-03-02  Death: 1863-07-03