Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 4, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 4, 1856
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1856-05-04

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, May 4, 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: jxm 

revision: fdc 2019-10-22

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Sunday night May 4th
My dear Sister
I have just been reading
over your letter of last Monday
and find there are some things
in it I have not answered–
After your letter to Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
came
the next day, we thought
of little but poor —Watchie
 Death: 1856-04-29

When I reflect how much
disappointment & sorrow there
is in to be encountered in a the
journey of life– even the
smoothest path having
many sharp thorns–I am
pained by the evidence of the
exceeding sensibility of our
little girl
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
–I had no
conception of the depth &
tenderness of her attachment
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which I think are uncommon
in so young a child–She
has the peculiarity of investing
animals with the attributes
of human beings and mourns
for Watch as she would
for any friend–She has not
until to day seemed like
herself and now talks of
him to me much of the time
I think the hardest heart
would have been softened
could they have heard her
moans with frequent ejac-
ulations of "poor Watchie"
"poor Watchie" in her
disturbed sleep Thursday
night–She looked the
next day as if she had
been ill some time–
To day she has been to church
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and is getting cheerful
again–Henry had a
party of 4 or 5
Unknown to dinner
Friday – I staid with Fanny
leaving Kate
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08Certainty: Possible
to direct & assist
Lewis
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and the
Unknown–Kate
is excellent on such occasions–
Yesterday Mr. Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
was
here to dinner–after dinner
I saw him and the Miss
Webbs’
x Birth: 1830-12-14  Death: 1918-12-04 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1827-11-30  Death: 1896-10-03 Certainty: Probable
who called at
5 oclock– I talked too
much and slept little
in consequence–To day
Mr Fletcher
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1869-06-21Certainty: Possible
and Matteson
Birth: 1805-08-28 Death: 1889-12-22Certainty: Possible

dined with us–I dine with
the family Sunday's but left
the table early–I wish
I could tell you all that
is going on in the political
world–whatever I do write I
hope you will consider
very private–You have
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probably noticed that theTribune is favoring the K.N.
amalgamation–may have heard
that Raymond
Birth: 1820-01-24 Death: 1869-06-18
does so likewise
that both avow themselves
in favor of Fremont
Birth: 1813-01-21 Death: 1890-07-13
– Some
talk of McLean
Birth: 1785-03-11 Death: 1861-04-04
!!––
Although Henry is placed in an
embarrassing position from
which he would gladly
relieve himself by declining
to be a candidate under any
circumstances–this his friends
or those who so call themselves
will not allow–one thing
is very certain that he will
not continue here long
after the Native American
element is recognized in
the Republican party – Trumbull
Cary
Birth: 1787-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
wrote to day that Greely
Birth: 1811-02-03 Death: 1872-11-29Certainty: Probable

had required George Andrews
Birth: 1821-09-03 Death: 1885-11-18
to
elect a delegate in favor of
Fremont–