Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, January 31, 1852

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, January 31, 1852
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1852-01-31

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, January 31, 1852

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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:
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transcription: smc 

revision: fdc 2019-05-02

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Washington Jan 31st
My dear Sister,
Your good long letter came in just
time to cure a fit of despondency to which
I have yielded, partly because I was sick
and partly because I had not heard from
you Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
or Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
– I have now
letters from you all and though not
entirely well am in my usual spirits–
Augustus letter was written at the Brazos
dated the 20th of November– it is a long
time ago– Allowing two months for a
communication to reach its destination
Augustus has not yet received his orders
for the Coast Survey– He says nothing
of any letters from me– desires to be
remembered to you and Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
I have
written to Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
telling her of this letter–
I have been suffering with Neuralgia
for a week past– kept my bed Wednesday–
I cannot sleep nights for pain but
am better during the day–
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I was quite sure you must be sick
and was devising means of going to you–
Henry writes that he is in the midst
of the vexations of his business at Goshen
Polydore's
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
wife
Birth: 1822 Death: 1872-08-27
has a young child
Birth: 1851-11-10 Death: 1931-06-25

and George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
is to be married so soon
as he gets the small portion of his estate
left by his executor into his own
hands– Henry does not speak of his
amiable & christian nephew the Rev
Augustus Seward
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
– A day or two after
Henry left a letter came from the said
div, threating to force the execution
of his grandfathers
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
will ^by law^ if a settlement
was not immediately made– George
Grier
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20
is to come home with Henry
to finish the business which cannot be
concluded there for the want of time–
Mrs Schoolcraft
Birth: 1815 Death: 1878-03-12
sent me a very flattering
invitation to spend the day with her
yesterday. I compromised by going to tea
at 6 and came home at 1/2 past 8
that being as long as I felt able to
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be away from home– I had a very pleasant
visit– Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
went with me– ^I met^ Mr
Schoolcraft
Birth: 1793-03-28 Death: 1864-12-19
& his daughter
Birth: 1800-01-31 Death: 1842-05-22
for the
first time– He was very agreeable
his daughter is pretty & modest– has
no indication of her Indian extraction–
Mrs Schoolcraft talked much less than
usual– She has a little slave girl
Unknown
of 3
years old that she is training for a her
maid who was in the room the whole
time and seemed to think Fanny a
wonderful affair– She kept close by
her the whole time Fanny for her part
wanted me immediately to buy one for
her, to be free– I do not venture
to go to see any one unless they are sick
or by special invitation– I have made but
two calls one on Mrs Willard
Birth: 1787-02-23 Death: 1870-04-15
& one on
Kate Nelson
Birth: 1805 Death: 1875-04Certainty: Probable
who has been twice to see
me– but this has given offense to some
whose visits I have not returned–
As Mrs Truman Smith
Birth: 1822-03-11 Death: 1901-01-07
cannot go out
I went Monday to see her– she was
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very glad to see me & hoped you would
be here this Winter she was so much
pleased with you– There are of course
enquiries about you by many persons but
I mention hers because they were so hearty
and sincere– Your dress maker
Unknown
says she
wishes you would come– that she never
became so much attached to a stranger–
This was saying a great deal for Miss Ross–
I went the same evening to bring Fanny
home from Mrs Halls
Birth: 1811-08-05 Death: 1896-09-03
– Mrs Hall was
sick– I spend 3 hours every day examining
Henrys letters and disposing of them– clipping
from some 30 or 40 newspapers such
articles as I think he will miss &
wish to see– John Davis
Birth: 1787-01-13 Death: 1854-04-19
and Charles
Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
have both made speeches in the
Senate which I have lost– I regret it
more for the man than the matter
which was not particularly interesting–
Mr Sumner is lauded for natural style–
Mr Green
Birth: 1816-02-18 Death: 1879-06-18
says I must tell you that he thinks
Mr Sumner a "great boy"– You can take his
opinion for what it is worth– He says Mr
Schoolcraft
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