Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, December 8, 1858

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, December 8, 1858
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1858-12-08

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, December 8, 1858

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: mmh 

revision: agw 2020-11-19

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Wednesday–
Teusday Dec 8
My dear Sister
I received your Saturday
letter yesterday — the day Poor
Maria
Birth: 1824 Death: 1858-12
was to be buried — I
suppose we shall never know
much more about her death.
I do not think she had any
intention of killing herself —
That now is less important
than who is to take care of her
children
x Birth: 1855  Death:   Birth:   Death:   Birth: 1850  Death:   Birth: 1844  Death:  
— Let a mother be what
she will her place is not often
supplied to her children & I very
much doubt the capacity of
Mary
Birth: 1836
to take charge of them
if she can & James
Birth: 1808-01-01 Death: 1884-11-21
will
provide for them all will be

[top Margin] I wonder if he will receive a call
there — Love to Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

Sister –



[left Margin] How monstrous that murder at
at the
State Prison

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very well — I have thought
of little else since Maria’s
death yet I see no clear prospect
Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
says the Orphan Asylum
or the Alms house — The 1st
will not be likely to take a family
and the 2d is but one avenue
to a life of crime — When is there
to be a place provided for destitute
children where they may be
made comparatively industrious —
Until such a place is furnished
vice & crime must abound
I hope you drew money on
Henry’s account for the funeral
expenses — Thursday –
I was interrupted yesterday
by a visit from Mr
Birth: 1824
& Mrs
Gray
Birth: 1841
— they called in the
morning & Henry invited them

[right Margin] I miss my gold chain — I took it from my watch &
thought I put it up the morning I left – Will you ask
Eliza if she saw any thing of it — It is that which


[top Margin] Henry gave me before we were
married — I should grieve


[left Margin] to lose it —
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to dinner the same evening —
I have never seen Henrietta
appear so well — She is more
than usually intelligent —
Her husband is a Scotchman
very well looking, evidently
older than his wife of whom
he seems quite proud —
She was dressed in very good
taste — They return to day
to Auburn — then to Buffalo
and after a month to Cuba
x

Cuba


for the Winter — Henry dis-
suaded them from going on
the Southern road which he
says is chiefly trestle work
and seems very dangerous —
It must prove so I think
when the road gets older —
I do not know when I shall finish
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this letter. I have been interrupted
again by a Carpenter
Unknown
, an Upholster
Unknown

and a woman
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to clean house —
Then Mrs Gray came over to see
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
— Fanny was out so I saw
her — they are to go this afternoon
It is Fanny’s birth day — She is
now to commence her 15th year —
She has been over to see Miss
Howland
Birth: 1827-11-20 Death: 1929-06-29
this morning & takes
Bell
Birth: 1858
to see Rover Baker —
Henry says keep the pen until
you have an opportunity to send
it by some one coming here —
I wish Dr
Birth: 1796-03-11 Death: 1865-09-30
& Mrs Wayland
Birth: 1801-12-09 Death: 1872-10-22
could
obtain such a place as they
wish — Of course Henry will aid
them all he can — At Tarrytown
I do not think they would
change their clergyman — At
Hastings I do not know — I think
the Minturn’s
x Birth: 1811  Death: 1886-11-27  Birth: 1805-11-16  Death: 1866-01-09 
are abroad now.
I see Mr Van Ranseallear
Birth: 1819-04-15 Death: 1900-02-17
is to leave
RochesterHuson
Birth: 1822 Death: 1861-10-14
wanted Dr Cressey
Birth: 1811-02-06 Death: 1866