Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 16, 1852

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 16, 1852
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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, February 16, 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: Auburn, NY

transcription: tap 

revision: fdc 2019-05-10

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Washington Feb 16th
My dear Sister,
I have your letter of the
12th to day – I did not think you were
alone all this time or I should have
written again before – I am glad your teeth
have ceased to trouble you – I am much
better than I was last week – went to Church
again yesterday – Friday evening Mrs Anna
Stephens
Birth: 1810-03-30 Death: 1886-08-20
the authoress came to see us with
Mr Dainese
Birth: 1812 Death: 1889-05-25
our Consul to Turkey or Vice
Consul I believe – He is a foreigner but
of what nation I am unable to say –
Mr Pike
Birth: 1811-09-08 Death: 1882-11-29
the correspondent of the Tribune
also dropped in to tea – we had quite
an agreeable evening – Mrs Stephens has
been two years in Europe of which she
seems to have visited every part at precisely
the most agreeable time – She seemed well
pleased with herself and the rest of the
world – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
talked with her while
I was entertained by the gentlemen –
Mr Pike you will know by his letters

[left Margin] The children are
as busy as
busy can be
all the
time

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has a great deal of ability – he is from
Maine – Mr Dainese speaks English
very well and is well informed –
Charles Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
dined with us that day
he was feeling quite badly because
Giddings
Birth: 1795-10-06 Death: 1864-05-27
& Stanly
Birth: 1810-01-10 Death: 1872-07-26
had both disgraced
themselves & the Legislative Hall – I
suppose you read that interesting debate –
I would not have been as much
surprised has Mrs Stanly
Birth: 1811-02-20 Death: 1854-12-20
been engaged
in it as I was to see that Stanly
could descend so low – I do wish
you were here now – I suppose this debate
upon intervention will be the most interesting
of any thing this session – it comes
up again next week but I think
may be still further deferred – Henry will
speak on that subject – If Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

decides not to come why cannot you
come immediately – I received a letter
from Aunty Bowen
Birth: 1816 Death: 1872-07-15
saying she could
not come this winter – I was rather
glad as I think she would find it
dull staying alone with me – I do not
Page 3

like to interrupt the studies of the children
x Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29  Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29 

they are getting along so nicely – Green
Unknown

went to New York Saturday – he is to return
to day or rather was, for the day has
gone now – Tomorrow our dinner comes
off – the guests are to be – Mr Mildmay
Birth: 1810 Death: 1902-07-16

the English gentleman, Mr Dainese, Messrs
Davis
Birth: 1787-01-13 Death: 1854-04-19
, Jones
Birth: 1809-04-20 Death: 1859-10-29
& Sumner of the Senate
a grandson
Birth: 1833-09-22 Death: 1894-08-14
of J- s namesake of
John Q. Adams
Birth: 1767-07-11 Death: 1848-02-23
– Mr Pike & some 5 or 6 members
of the House of Representatives – making 12
in all – I have had some difficulty in
getting waiters as Mrs Gwin's
Birth: 1815-06 Death: 1901-06-26
party
comes off the same evening also Mrs Hall's
Birth: 1811-08-05 Death: 1896-09-03Certainty: Possible

and other dinners – I will finish my
letter tomorrow – the children are so boisterous
that I can write no more now –
Wednesday – I found no time to write yesterday
and when Charles Sumner left at 1/2 past
nine I went with the children to the
nursery and read them to sleep after
which I went to bed myself very
weary and coughed half the night –
I feel proportionably bad this morning
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I succeeded in obtaining good
Unknown so the
dinner went off well – I went into the
room with John Davis – Mr Mildmay
sat on my left – Henry had Mr Barbour
Birth: 1790-08-08 Death: 1855-01-12

of Virginia (a former member of Congress
& a very gentlemanly man) on his right
& Mr Danaise on his left – Mr Danese
Dainese (I cannot spell this name right
without thinking, it is pronounced so
differently – Da,na,sy) is a native of Turkey
making the tour of the U. States – came
over in the vessel with Kossuth
Birth: 1802-09-19 Death: 1894-03-20
– Mr
Jones of Tenessee (the nominee both North &
South for the Vice Presidency) is quite an
agreeable man maugre his being a slave
holder which I suppose he is – T. Y. Howe
Birth: 1801 Death: 1860-07-15

was here and for once very meek – I
went to the table because Henry so much
wishes it & because the guests were most
of them persons I wanted to see – The
party was a mixture of Free soil & slave
holders – Young Adams is ra–ther conceited
You will see Kossuth's letter to the President
Birth: 1800-01-07 Death: 1874-03-08

read in the Senate yesterday – thereby hangs
a tale – Green has come back – thereby
hangs another – Miss Hulbert
Unknown
^the name of the lady^ to whom
Mr Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
was said to be affiance – I made
a mistake in writing it Porter – & I suppose an
awkward attempt to correct it –

[right Margin] Charles Sumner is not "a boy" or
very "young" as the Baltimore Sun intonates
he is about 40 –