Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 24, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 24, 1856
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1856-03-24

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 24, 1856

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: Auburn, NY

transcription: mlb 

revision: ska 2019-11-12

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Monday March 24th
My dear Sister
Your letter of Friday came
this morning – I am sorry you head
ache continues – Won’t you take of, two
glob. of Aconite dissolved in ½ a tumbler
of water, a teaspoonful every 15 min
until your head feels relieved – I
take 1 1 glob – in this way which sel-
dom fails to mitigate the pain –
I begin to doubt whether there is any
cure for neuralgia in my case – as
I consider it only a manifestation
of disease – either of the nerves or some
other organ — The longer you neglect taking
any thing for your head the more
difficult it will be to find relief, as
you have tried natures remedies ineffec-
tually – Won’t you get the tumbler now
as soon as you have read this letter
I think a little Aconite every two or three
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days would be of service – but when your
head is aching – more than I have
mentioned will aggravate the pain
I am glad you felt able to go up home
Watchie
 Death: 1856-04-29
did not seemsensible that
he had murdered pussy! I wish
Catherine
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08Certainty: Probable
would feed him sufficiently
it is bad enough to be in prison without
adding starvation – I was so sick
the last time I wrote that I hardly
know what my letter contained —
I received a letter from
Mr Sackett
Birth: 1790-08-09 Death: 1865-06-02
about that time – telling
in a humorous way his conversation
with you — though I did not infer
that he had said any thing to hurt
your feelings — I presume he is right
in his calculations of the expense
of your plan, but you certainly have
a right to decide for yourself about
the matter, and I am not surprised
that you want a small house of your
own, it has always been one of
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my ‘castles in the air’ which is not very
likely to have a foundation on the earth.
If Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
should conclude to move
into the old home we will all
be there together for a few months –
You can be building at the same
time – Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
wishes to superintend the
construction — Catherine hears that
her sister
Unknown
is going to Michigan in two
weeks — I think she would like very
much to go to Auburn before her sister
leaves — Will you and Clara talk it
over and write if it is best for her
to come home — does the sister wish it?
I fear she will be disappointed not to
go — I shall be able to find some
kind of help — not however to supply
her place, but she has been a good deal
homesick so that I do no urge her
stay – Fred and Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
have consen-
ted to remain until Friday or Saturday
of this week, in consideration of that
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party which I so much dread — Kate
could go with them if Clara thinks
best – 270 invitations have be issued —
If Auburn was as near as New York
I would go home and stay until it
was over — Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
came the day
I wrote last and stayed until
Saturday — Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
went with him —
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
is re-instated in her own room
writing stories to induce humanity to
animals — She has just been across the
street, at my suggestion to get a
little colored girl
Unknown
who is looking
for a refuse coal in the gutter near
Capt. Palmers
Birth: 1809-04-15 Death: 1862-06-18
house — Our back yard
contains the remains of 18 ton of coal
where I think she will find no
difficulty in filling her old pail with
that which is about half burned
I have done trying to make servants
economize I now only stipulate that
the improvident remains be given to the
needy — this is not always practicable —
I have been often interrupted — will send
this now & commence another tomorrow
All send love — your own Sister

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Mrs Wrights
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04
letter did not follow Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25

here—he will find it in Albany