Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 14, 1851

  • Posted on: 28 March 2019
  • By: admin
xml: 
Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 14, 1851
x

transcriber

Transcriber:spp:pag

student editor

Transcriber:spp:les

Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1851-04-14

In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's persons.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "pla" point to place elements in the project's places.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's staff.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's bibl.xml authority file. verical-align: super; font-size: 12px; text-decoration: underline; text-decoration: line-through; color: red;

Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, April 14, 1851

action: sent

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: Auburn, NY

transcription: pag 

revision: tap 2019-02-14

<>
Page 1

Washington Monday –
April 14th
My dear Sister,
Your good long letter
of Friday having just come
I will commence an answer
which may not be finished
in two or three days – My
Washington sojourn I fear
will be prolonged beyond
the time I had fixed to
go home – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
thinks I ought
not to go before the first
of June – and he will not
I presume be ready to go with
me before that time – however
should Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
come in the
mean time I will perhaps
be able to have him for an escort
My laundress
Unknown
this morning
brought me a bunch of
Page 2

hyacinths violets and
daffodils from her own
garden – they are very
fresh & sweet and so suggestive
of home that I have been
crying about it once or twice
since they came – If I stay
until June I shall lose
not only these but the tulips –
there is no need of my
staying – that is I can
as well leave in 4 weeks
as six. Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
still insists
that he shall go a week
from to day – Will
Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
be ready for
a boarder – & will you
tell Maria
Unknown
to put his
room in order – If Dennis
Birth: 1827

has not finished the front
walk he may leave it
Page 3

for the present as it
will all have to be removed
when the gas is brought in –
Mrs Thomas Love
Birth: 1799-03-15 Death: 1864-09-29
of Buffalo
has just been here – came
over with her daughters
x Birth: 1842  Death: 1924-02  Birth: 1840-01-26  Death: 1931-07-20 
to
meet Walter
Birth: 1818-12-21 Death: 1880-11-01
and his
wife
Birth: 1827 Death: 1915-10-08
who are supposed
to be somewhere between here
and Richmond – on their
return from Havanna.
The weather is pleasant – some
days exceedingly warm
we sleep with our windows
open – still there are many
changes – Wilkenson
Birth: 1817-05-09 Death: 1889-12-02
goes
home tomorrow – we shall
all miss him, he has a
genial nature – his feelings
are still fresh and young
Page 4

though he has been married
sixteen years and cannot
be far from forty – I am to
see his wife
Birth: 1820 Death: 1899
on my return
at Albany where I am to
stop a short time – I hope
that visit of the Harveybottles
x Birth: 1824-09-15  Death: 1902-01-27  Birth: 1812  Death: 1877-01-12 

is over – it is such an effort
for me to talk long at a
time that it actually not
fatigues me to hear long
talk especially about nothing
Your letter made Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
and
I feel is if we could see
Watch
 Death: 1856-04-29
drinking out of that
tub – You must have seen
Henry’s speech before this – I
will enquire if a pamphlet
has been sent you. The little
cellar was locked on the
inside – you can only enter
it through the back Parlor
the key of that door is
Page 5

either over the door
or in the boat house or
the mantlepiece – this was
as I directed Maria –
I assume that you will
have returned from Canandaigua
by the time this letter
reaches you but I doubt
it now when I think
more about it. Henry
dined with Mr Hulseman
 Death: 1864-05-30

Saturday and in the evening
he and Wilkeson went to
Dr Bailey’s
Birth: 1807-12-03 Death: 1859-06-05
to see Mrs
Stowe
Birth: 1811-06-14 Death: 1896-07-01
, who is there for a
few days – I am not
quite sure that I wish
to see her – though I should
if I were well, I presume
Henry says she looks like
her brother
Birth: 1813-06-24 Death: 1887-03-08
– Wilkeson has
Page 6

his peculiar views with
regard to her as he has
about most other things
Tuesday night – I am tired
to night having driven
out this morning with Mrs
Love and her daughters – two
young ladies from boarding
school both giving sad
indications of a scrofulous
diathesis – Mrs Love
is a plain sensible woman –
a spiritualist I learn though
she said nothing on the
subject of her own experience
She was expecting Walter
& his wife & Trumbull
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20

from Richmond to day –
Walter seems to have
made himself sick
with his own medicines
Page 7

taken to prevent an attack
of yellow fever with which
he was threatened at Havanna
Horace Greeley
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29
left for
New York this morning
writing me a letter before
his departure all about
his family who are wander-
ing about Europe yet –
I will send you the letter
by & by – I send with
this Webb
Birth: 1802-02-02 Death: 1884-06-07
in the speech
– only think of his saying
that Henry would go and
fight for the South – I
suppose or rather hope
no one holds Henry respon-
sible for such articles –
though the Union seems to
think him so, for that
Page 8

article on Douglas
Birth: 1813-04-23 Death: 1861-06-03
written by
Pike
Birth: 1811-09-08 Death: 1882-11-29
– I hope you read it
Pike takes Greeley’s place
here as correspondent of the
Tribune – ^Private^ I wish
you would not mention
to our son, that I send
checks to Auburn, when
he comes – I will endeavor
to send him money
in some other way if necessary
He says he owes you $5 –
Wilkeson did not go this
morning but goes tomorrow
He and Henry have gone to drive
in a buggy – Will, has
gone to the Opera – and
Fanny has just taken home
two little girls
Unknown
she borrowed –
Love to Clara – you cant
think how much I want to
see you both – Sister