Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 23, 1857

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 23, 1857
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1857-12-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 23, 1857

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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: Washington D.C., US

transcription: tap 

revision: ska 2020-01-28

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Auburn Wednesday Dec 23
My dear Sister
I am alone in the
office with the three dogs
ranged around the stove
for company – Miss Hance
Birth: 1820-01-25 Death: 1867-06-10

and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
have gone to
Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
's to tea – I should
have gone too but could
not leave Mary
Unknown
alone
with Willis
Birth: 1830
– Mary is making
Christmas presents for her
folks
Unknown
at home – They have
moved into your neighbour-
hood – occupying their own
house – which Abbey
Birth: 1822 Death: 1895-09-16
seems
to be painting – is it by Henry's
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24

direction? – I have seen Mr
Brown
Birth: 1805-04-19 Death: 1886-01-20
but once since you went
away –
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Your letter of Sunday came
to day – I am relieved to see
that you are well again –
Fanny also received one from
Kate
Birth: 1837 Death: 1878-04-08
, and more doll fur-
niture – the letters have all
gone to be read to Clara this
afternoon – I was sorry about
the silver which I intended to
send with you – I await Henry's
directions about it – The
corn which Louisa
Birth: 1825
prepared
so nicely was left too –
(I wish I had a better pen) –
I wish you would not come
home until I hear from the
Mellen's
x Birth: 1830  Death: 1902  Birth: 1822  Death: 1896 
to whom I have written –
unless Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
should be coming
North of which there are
many rumours – I shall not
be able to leave here until you
come, though I should like
much to be in Washington with
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you – I would rather
not go down until some
time in February – but
one or the other of us must be
there if Mr & Mrs Mellen go –
It is impossible to leave this place
in the care of Willis – he drinks
so constantly that I am in
continual expectation of some
new explosion – He has had
two affrays in the street one
with an Irishman
Unknown
one with
a Dutchman
Unknown
– for the latter
he has been in the Justice's
Court to day – Although I
have had the barn door nailed
up I heard of him Monday
riding 'Fanny
 Death: 1860
' about the streets
he must have taken her through
the cow house – It is impossible
to control him – I shall try to
endure him through the Winter if
he keeps out of jail – I fear he
drinks at Rhoades store – he is
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seen there so often – So far he
takes good care of the horse
and cow – and does his
work about house well –
Mrs Lucas
Birth: 1794-01-12 Death: 1876-05-12
& Miss Lord
Unknown
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Editorial Note

Either Nancy Marvin Lord
Birth: 1798-08-26 Death: 1872-08-16
or Betsey J. Lord
Birth: 1802-11-27 Death: 1877-03-30
called
this afternoon – made many
enquiries about you & expressed
great admiration of Pisgah –
Miss Lord leaves tomorrow –
I see by the papers that the
"Cahaba" the steamer in which
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
went to Cuba
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Cuba

has
arrived safely at N. Orleans
I received a letter from
Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
yesterday – Mrs Lucas
reported that Caroline Day
Birth: 1824 Death: 1881-01-22

was to attend a party at
Mrs Chesebro's to night –
Last week the Perrys
x Birth: 1810  Death: 1877-01-07  Birth: 1807  Death: 1875 
&
Marvins
x Birth: 1810-07-08  Death: 1888-05-06  Birth: 1802-03-17  Death: 1877-03-26 
were invited – I shall
let Fanny go to Canandaigua
if she has a good opportunity –
Frances says she will bring her
home.