Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 23, 1850

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 23, 1850
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1850-06-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, June 23, 1850

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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: Unknown
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transcription: aca 

revision: tap 2019-01-31

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Editorial Note

Sunday was June 23 in 1850
Sunday, June 24
My dear Sister, Friday evening about 9 oclock
I received a Telegraph message from Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10

saying he would dine with us the next
day — I was very much hurried all that
morning to get the house arranged as
we are not yet quite through cleaning —
Henry came at a 1/2 past two — Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
met him
at the depot — He looked pale and weary,
as he was — it commenced raining so that
our first visit to the garden was made
under an umbrella — Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
took the
horse and went down for Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

who came up to tea — I was so tired
when I went to bed that I could not sleep
Henry who was quite as much fatigued
slept very soundly — He left Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
and
Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
well, in Washington with Mr. Schoolcraft
Birth: 1815 Death: 1878-03-12

Henry thinks Augustus will not sail before
September so that he will be at home again
for some weeks - but I have nothing in
particular from Augustus himself on that
subject — he undoubtedly has his own views —
In that event I shall not go to Washington
until near the close of the session —
George Seward
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
having written to me that he
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wishes Sarah
Birth: 1833-06-08 Death: 1891-06-12
to come here and make a
visit I suppose now I must write
for her – it was a suggestion of Henry's
which I regret as by the time Sarah's visit
is made Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
will be ready to come —
I think Sarah ought to go home and see to
those little boys
x Birth: 1844-11-20  Death: 1917-01-31  Birth: 1840-11-08  Death: 1910-11-28  Birth: 1838-04-16  Death: 1916-02-22  Birth: 1835-01-09  Death: 1926 
who have been left alone
nearly the whole time since last December
with that cross housekeeper
Unknown
— I have a great
mind to tell her so — Henry expects to
return to Washington either tomorrow night
or Tuesday morning — The rain has made
every thing fresh and green — it is a pleasant
time to be at home — Last Tuesday
morning I went to the wedding at the
Lake — Willie brought Lyon and a Buggy
from the Livery stable and drove me out —
I had an invitation to ride out with Mr.
Birth: 1792 Death: 1857-06-20

and Mrs. Bronson
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in a carriage but found that
Willie would be greatly disappointed if I did not
go with him — There were somewhere about 60
persons at the wedding — Those that I knew were
the Weeds
x Birth:   Death: 1869-08-16  Birth: 1782-03-17  Death: 1863-03-15 
, the Sherwood family
x Birth: 1820  Death: 1841-10-13  Birth: 1822-03-29  Death: 1886-06-04  Birth: 1829  Death: 1852-05-17  Birth: 1822  Death: 1882-07-18  Birth: 1796-03-24  Death: 1852-11-14  Birth: 1793-09-16  Death: 1871-04-16 
, Dr.
Birth: 1786-11-18 Death: 1853-04-20
& Mrs. Pitney
Birth: 1797-12-04 Death: 1862-05

Mr. & Mrs. Bronson, Miss Myers
Unknown
— There were some
strangers — Charles Pomeroy
Birth: 1808-03-08 Death: 1867-09-18
was master of ceremonies
and performed his part very well — Mr. Martin
Birth: 1808-11-25 Death: 1883-09-19

has been enlarging his house — it is quite con-
venient, internally improved – but I think
the low cottage appears much better from
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the street than the town — the color
is nearly black and in consequence of the increased
height seems much nearer the road than
formerly — There was one bridesmaid
Unknown
whose name
I did not hear — the groomsman
Birth: 1827-05-04 Death: 1903-02-11
a young
gentleman from Utica — The groom was a
Mr. Hart of Utica — The bride
Birth: 1828-02-23 Death: 1916
was arrayed
in a white mull with I should think a
silk underdress but the opaqueness of the
material did not admit of a determination –
high neck — bobinet veil — and a large
white boquet dangling nearly to the feet
I think that is the present style but I don't
fancy it – a pink sash and a bouquet
with pink flowers distinguished the bridesmaid —
The were married by a Presbyterian cleric
Unknown
from
Utica — many of the guests were also from
that place — A table was set in the
front parlour with a pyramid of
cocoanuts in the center, white & pink — it
should have been all white — a large loaf
of frosted plumb cake on one side and also
of almond cake on the other — ice cream
sponge cake in a basket and lemonade —
In a small room adjoining was a table
with coffee bread and butter & cold ham — Mrs.
Sherwood was the only person I saw tempted
by the hot coffee that very hot morning —
Mrs. Conckling
Birth: 1791 Death: 1851-04-14
and her daughter Mary
Birth: 1813 Death: 1885-03-12
were there
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I was the first to leave — reached home very warm
about 12 o clock — Mrs. Blatchfords
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
party came
off the evening previous — I did not go —
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
said it was very pleasant —
I was invited to Mrs. Burts
Birth: 1823-06-23 Death: 1886-10-27
(Joshua
Birth: 1810-09-27 Death: 1871-06-13
) to a
party Friday evening — declined — as did
Clara — Henry sends love — I am sorry
he is obliged to return so soon he is far
from well — I conclude this letter in
haste (Monday) think it may not be too late
for the mail — Mr. Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
spent Sunday
with us — Willie went home with him
in pursuit of a pet lamb — Fanny is well —
Your own
Sister —