Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 1, 1853

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 1, 1853
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1853-01-01

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, January 1, 1853

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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: Unknown
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transcription: jaa 

revision: tap 2019-03-22

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Washington
Jan 1st
A happy New Year dear
Sister, mine is much clouded
by your letter saying you
cannot come with Mr
Schoolcraft
Birth: 1804-09-22 Death: 1860-07-07
– If you think
it will answer to shut
up our house at home
do send for Harriet
 Death: 1888-08-20
– I
suppose it would be as
safe as it was last
Winter without any one.
I cannot give up your
visit– it there is hardly
a day passes that some–
thing does not occur
to make us wish you
with us. I have not
yet learned whether
Gus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
is coming here
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If he does, as I hope he may,
he will be an escort
I shall write to him on
the subject immediately.
As it is New Years day
and I am writing in the
Parlour between calls
So you must not expect
a very coherent letter–
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
has gone to make
some visits & left me at
home as usual to entertain
his guests
Unknown
Col Benton
Birth: 1782-03-14 Death: 1858-04-10

is coming to dinner with us
to day – I have a long
story to tell you about one
of the trials of Slavery
but will not commence
it here– Monday morning–
The visitors Unknown
came so fast
Saturday that I was obliged
to give up writing– & yesterday
after being 3 1/2 hours in Church
I was too tired to take up
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my letter again– Seth Hawley
Birth: 1810-02-10 Death: 1884-11-10

came yesterday and is occupying
Mr Schoolcrafts room at present
Caroline
Birth: 1834-07-25 Death: 1922-02-28
had a letter from
Mr Schoolcraft yesterday
who says he is coming home
Thursday– Henry had a box
of handsome cake sent him
from New York– we had
a table with wine frozen
coffee etc.– Col Benton
dined with us and I
shall always be sorry you
were not here– he looked
so like Grandma
Birth: 1751 Death: 1835-10-03
and
talked so well that Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

was captivated with him–
Fanny said "his face & voice
were so pleasant that I
wish he would come here
& live, Mother"– He told
many interesting anecdotes about
Jefferson
Birth: 1743-04-13 Death: 1826-07-04
, Mrs. Madison
Birth: 1768-05-20 Death: 1849-07-12
, &c
Page 4

He talked about slaves as though
they were human beings and
recounted many instances of
their gratitude & affection
to his own family
Birth: 1830-12-14 Death: 1918-12-04
– Upon the
whole had I never seen or
heard of him before I should
think of him as one of the
kindest, most benevolent
and learned of philosophers–
as it is I shall always
remember this evening with
pleasure– Col. Benton is now
living alone writing his recol-
lections of his own times–
Charles Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
came while we
were at dinner so I lost his
visit– Harvey Baldwin
Birth: 1797-02-04 Death: 1863-08-22
&
another gentleman
Unknown
came after
dinner– I was so tired I
could barely sit up until
they were gone– I am glad
New years day comes but
one a year–