Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 29, 1851

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 29, 1851
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1851-12-29

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 29, 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: Unknown
Unknown

transcription: meb 

revision: vxa 2019-02-18

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Washington Monday 29th Dec —
My dear Sister,
I have your second letter.
How much I wish you were here— Kossuth
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20

is to come tomorrow — Nothing had been
done about his reception until late Saturday
evening & he was then expected to day —
About 8 oclock the Marshall
Unknown
came
round and said the Secretary of State
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24

desired Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
& Mr Shields
Birth: 1810-05-10 Death: 1879-06-01
to take rooms
for Kossuth & his suite at the hotel —
Henry went to Browns and engaged the
rooms — Sunday morning he went over
to Baltimore to see Kossuth himself — taking
Green
Unknown
with him — He came back delighted
with his interview — he says Kossuth
is the embodiment of truth and earnestness
I asked if he had prepared him for a cold
reception here — he said Kossuth had
prepared himself, that he was entirely
equal to any emergency & that it

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Lazette Worden

Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
Sister
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was impossible to anticipate him — He says
Kossuth is the handsomest man he has
ever seen — dignified and refined in his
manner — Henry was introduced to Madam
Kossuth
Birth: 1809 Death: 1865
Mr Pulsky
Birth: 1814-09-17 Death: 1897-09-09
& madam
Birth: 1815 Death: 1866
and others
of the suite — they all seemed perfectly
acquainted with him — If they remain
here long enough they are to dine with us
after the official dinners have passed —
The President
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08
and Mr Webster give dinners —
Mr Webster is to call on Kossuth at the
Hotel — this he volunteered to do —
The weather has been much colder than any
I have ever seen in Washington — the Thermometer
was at zero last week — What an
immense loss the burning of the Library
is to the nation — The fire was supposed
to be communicated from the end of a
joist entering one of the furnace fleus —
I am so much afraid of fire that I
hesitate about having our house at home
opened for that purpose — If you think you
will go out in January I will leave it
until then — I cannot make up my
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mind to send Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
to the lake until
you have seen those walls — I have written to
him in the mean time to go to Mr Hager
Birth: 1819 Death: 1880-07-07Certainty: Probable

Willie writes that Bob is sick — how sit
sick is he & what can we do with him?
Unless he is very sick I suppose he
ought to be taken out of the stable
occasionally and led about if not
driven — I have seen two or three of
my neighbours but have not been out —
This is the first day I have felt
tolerably well — I suffer constantly
with neuralgia day and night — All
the rooms are put in order but two — this
house required whitewashing but the weather
is too cold — so I let it go for the present
I do not hear from Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
since he left
us — Mr Coxe
Birth: 1792-01-30 Death: 1865-04-24
who has a nephew
Unknown
in
the Coast Survey says Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
will
be here until Spring as their employment
is now in the offices — I shall not
look for him earlier than February —
Charles Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
came and dined with
us Friday without any especial invitation
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he interests me very much — I am reading
a volume of his speeches on various
occasions chiefly in regard to slavery
he is evidently a disciple of Dr Channing
Birth: 1780-04-07 Death: 1842-10-02

for whom he had great veneration —
A natural truthfulness of character with
a quick perception of right & wrong which I
think he possesses in an eminent degree have
peculiarly fitted him for the reception
of such teachings as Dr Channings— I doubt
whether he ever becomes a polotician – his
taste is evidently for a literary life
and he is homesick enough here —
Green is all the secretary Henry has
at present — he takes his meals
here — Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
does not
come back until after the 1st of Jan —
Mary
Birth: 1819-11-24 Death: 1854-12-18Certainty: Probable
feels very unhappy about little Nat’s
Unknown

going to Marie’s
Unknown
she says the children
Unknown
will
maul her so that she will become thin
I promised to ask you to change her home if
you discovered that she was losing flesh —
when you went home — Love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

your own Sister —