Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 15, 1852

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 15, 1852
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Date:1852-12-15

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 15, 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: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: maf 

revision: crb 2019-07-02

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Wednesday Dec 15th
My dear Sister,
Your first letter found me suffering
from another attack of neuralgia just
one month from the other – The pain
was rather less intolerable & confined chiefly
to my face head & neck – it was
preceded by a chill & accompanied
with fever – My mouth too is worse again –
I am taking the medicine given me
by Dr Helmuth
Birth: 1802 Death: 1880-04-08
as to an antidote to the
galvanic action which he says it
is barely possible the plate might produce
in a person of my extreme susceptibility –
I am better to day – sitting up though
feeble – not so much so as a month
ago – I shall probably rally sooner
I have dispatched Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and Caroline
Birth: 1828-05-22 Death: 1906-12-09

to return some visits which are begging
to accumulate for the occasion –
Monday I felt exceedingly depressed
all day – not thinking is the precursor
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of another attack I thought it was
mere homesickness – In the evening
Mr
Birth: 1808-08-03 Death: 1893-09-07
and Mrs Fish
Birth: 1816-12-17 Death: 1887-06-30
were here – also Charles
Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
& Charles Francis Adams
Birth: 1807-08-18 Death: 1886-11-21

Mr Simonton
Birth: 1823-01-30 Death: 1882-11-02
of the Times & some other
gentlemen
Unknown
– I was conscious of being
very dull – In the morning I awoke
after a restless night with violent
pain in my head ^& face^ – which increased
as I arose & dressed myself so that I
was soon obliged to go to bed again –
Dear Fred after he came from the Capitol
came & read “Henry Esmond”
Author: William M. Thackeray Publisher: Harper & Brothers Place of Publication:New York City Date: 1852
for me
until night – Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
had two or three

Unknown at dinner – Fred returns to
Albany tomorrow – I have talked
with Henry about the Little Farm – he
says he is perfectly willing that you
should take g charge of it & do with
it what you think best – He knew
nothing of the back rent but said
he had hoped that the lease expired
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next April until I told him it did
not – he then proposed fitting it up for a
new tenant. I thought is not best
to enter into a detail of your plan
as he seemed quite willing to leave it to you –
As for Dennis
Birth: 1827
I give him up – if there
is one thing more than another upon which
I have remonstrated with him it was
upon lending our Wheelbarrow & other
garden implements – It is but a short
time since he promised me that he would
do it no more – Leaving the carriage
house door unfastened was of a piece with
the rest – The defect seems to belong
to at least the whole p uneducated portion
of the Nation – I am glad I left
Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
there – I will not trouble
you with all my house keeping trials
here but they are legion – and what
is particularly discouraging Henry has
relinquished his plan of giving up the house
in the Spring as I hoped he would
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still I fear from Sumners representation he
would find it exceedingly uncomfortable
any where else – I cannot come again with
such health as I have now – I will
finish this letter when I hear from you
where to send it – Sun Monday 19th
I commenced this letter last Thursday
and have since been waiting for yours which
comes this morning – I am glad to hear all is
well as I began to be troubled because you
said you would write again the next day –
I am better – am going to night to hear
Sontag
Birth: 1806-01-03 Death: 1854-06-17
sing – Caroline is lamenting that her
Opera Cloak is not finished – I am glad
I am past those troubles – Now I want you
to get ready to come here immediately – Mr
Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
goes north some time this
week and returns here about the 10 th
of January – I will write to Fred to let
you know in time & if you wish to meet
you at Auburn – Henry is very desirous to have
you come as well as the rest of us – Now
you need not expect to be very comfortable here
but you shall have just what room you please
when you come – Fanny FAS
can hardly wait for Aunty
to come – we are crowded enough but you can
bear it for a while as well as I – propose to Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

to come along – I have written for George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
& his wife
Birth: 1824-02-11 Death: 1895
to
make their visit while Mr Schoolcraft is absent
Don’t say you are not ready – The children send much love
Love to Frances
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
– Your own Sister