Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Sarah D. Hance, August 28, 1856

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Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Sarah D. Hance, August 28, 1856
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Date:1856-08-28

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Letter from Lazette Miller Worden to Sarah D. Hance, August 28, 1856

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

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: Sarah Hance
Birth: 1820-01-25  Death: 1867-06-10

location: Unknown
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revision: ska 2019-11-19

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Auburn August 28th
Dearest Sarah
I owe you many apologies for so long
delaying to answer your last very kind letter–
I could give many but will only say now that
I have suffered all summer with weak eyes
which has prevented my either writing or
reading as much as usual– I am sorry
to learn by your letter to Mrs. Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
that
you are not as well as I wish you were –
The truth is dear Sarah, you have confined
yourself too strictly to your school duties &
I am very glad to know you will have a
month or two of rest, before you again re-
sume the task– Which I know will be
more agreeable than those you have hither
to been engaged in– Although I had hoped
to see you the 1st of next month, I am glad
for your sake, that the time of your
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engagement is postponed a month or
six weeks longer– I had many things
to ask you of yourself and much to tell
you of my own plans, all of which I
will defer until we meet– I am
very delightfully situated– with my
family connections and kind friends all
about me– & I look back upon my
life in Canandaigua as nineteen years
of discipline which though perhaps ne-
cessary, is not pleasant to remember –
Frances
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23
still continues there though she
feels as if it were not her permanent
home– it is better for her husband
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
’s
business to be there at present & there-
fore I try to reconcile her to the ne-
cessity – My grandson
Birth: 1854-02 Death: 1931-05-23
is the brightest
& bravest little boy (of two years and
a half old) I have ever seen– well
merry & & beautiful– he and his mother
have been out here & made us a
very pleasant visit this summer–
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They will spend some part of the winter
in Washington this winter –
I am building this summer – dear Sarah – building
a house to live in – now don’t imagine me
as sailing about with calf skin boots (not
laced up) without stockings, & with little
(if any – other clothing & sleeping on
the floor & cooking in the middle of a
dooryard– for I try to appear as much
like a person living in a christian
community as if I were not having
a house made of brick & stone–
it will not be finished before next Spring
after your return from Washington & then
if we all live– What busy times it will
be getting moved & visiting & all that–
I have not heard from Miss Beecher
Birth: 1800-09-06 Death: 1878-05-12
since
early in June– then she was meditating
another change in her mode of life–she
was dissatisfied with Livonia & wanted
to be back to Canandaigua – asked me
if I could find no vacancies in a
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school here for her – of course I
could not – She enquired about you
& Miss Elizabeth Hance
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– said she
had heard nothing from either of you
in a long time. Mr. Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
is still
in Washington - awaiting the result of
the Army Bill in the House of Rep-
resentatives– I fear it will eventually
pass- though so far the Republicans have
taken a noble stand against it– They
will not yield but will be defeated
by numbers- The Administration being
the strongest if they recal all the absent
members– I see no hope for Kansas ex-
cepting in Mr. Seward’s election–
I am writing a very long letter– which
I hope you will answer where you
think I deserve it– I have been a
very poor correspondent for the last
nine months– How are your parents
x Birth: 1794-02-24  Death: 1862-06-26  Birth: 1782-09-27  Death: 1888-04-18 
?–
Greet them with kindness for me &
believe me yours ever faithfully
L.M. Worden
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I have your “Margaret Fuller”
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here. The old “Curiosity Shop”
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is at Can-
andaigua but I
will fetch it out– if you wish- the
first time I go there– or if you are there
first my daughter will hand it to you