Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 1, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 1, 1856
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1856-05-01

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 1, 1856

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Lazette Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01  Death: 1875-10-03

location: Canandaigua, NY

transcription: ssb 

revision: fdc 2019-10-21

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Thursday night
I cannot sleep dear Sister
to night – I think I have
never before truly realized
how difficult it is to be
a Christian – how hard
it is to "pray for those
who despitefully use you"
I wonder if the person
who struck that blow
knew upon what tender
hearts it would fall
or how, in depriving us
of a faithful guardian
they marred their
own souls –
Dear Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
has at
length cryed herself
Page 2

too sleep – if she dreams
of poor Watch
 Death: 1856-04-29
at all
she will see him as
we have so often fancied
him of late waiting
at the gate to meet
us – I am sorry that
this early grief of hers
should be mingled with
a bitter ingredient –
we both loved Watch
too much and I doubt
not our spirits needed
the discipline this cruel
act has given them –
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
was out to night
when your letter came
but no matter –
I am so glad you and
Willie
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
were there – it is
Page 3

better that Fanny
and I were not – though
we would have been glad
to have caressed the
noble creature once more –
I cannot think the
love and intelligence
that beamed from
those dark eyes of
his was mortal
I choose to be sufficiently
heathen to think so
much of him still
lives somewhere.
Tell Eliza
Certainty: Possible
how kindly
I remember all her
attention to Watch
Good night dear
Sister, I will join
my little girl who
moans in her sleep
Page 4

trusting that we shall
both feel more cheerful
tomorrow – when I will
write you another letter –
your own sister –