Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, December 19, 1858

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, December 19, 1858
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1858-12-19

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Maria Worden, December 19, 1858

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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: nwh 

revision: agw 2020-11-19

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Sunday Dec 19 th
My dear Sister
I am very tired to night
yet I cannot go to bed without
writing a line to you – it being some
days since I have written – I had set
apart this day to write to you & Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

both, but Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
invited the Napiers'
x Birth: 1819-09-19  Death: 1898-12-19  Birth: 1823-12-20  Death: 1911-08-24 
here to dinner with Mr
Birth: 1822-12-29 Death: 1907-12-27
& Mrs
John B Davis
Birth: 1829-07-02 Death: 1916-11-23
– I was quite ill this
morning and thought I should not
be able to go to dinner but grew better
while putting the house in order for
the company – Henry and Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
went
yesterday to Silver Spring
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with Lady
Napier & her children
x Birth: 1846-09-22  Death: 1913-12-06  Birth: 1850-07-03  Death: 1874-02-21  Birth: 1852-01-21  Death: 1919-08-19  Birth: 1848-11-13  Death: 1938-03-09 
— Fanny having
first dined there by invitation with
the children – Henry dined with
them after their return from Mr Blairs
Birth: 1791-04-12 Death: 1876-10-18

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Sam Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
spent a portion of the
evening with me – at which time I
talked so long that I had congestion
^to the chest^ & slept none in consequence – Sam
told me considerable Auburn news
which Mrs Morgan
Birth: 1813-02-16 Death: 1893-10-14
had communicated
to his wife
Birth: 1817-08-27 Death: 1901-06-12
in letter of 6 & 8 pages
Among other things that the Dennis'
x Birth: 1812  Death: 1861-05-21  Birth: 1806  Death: 1866-05-31 

were to come back to Auburn to live –
He seemed to think it cause for
congratulation – says Caroline Dennis
Birth: 1832 Death: 1898

is uncommonly clever – Sam seems to
consider himself established in the
beau monde of N. York – talks of
giving dinners &c &c – There is very
little left of the boy he was when
we first knew him – He is shrewd
& worldly, & calculating – has lost
much of the warmth of manner
which used to make him attractive –
His father
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
and two sisters
x Birth: 1836-05-25  Death: 1908-10-01  Birth: 1834-10-04  Death: 1922-06-24 
are living
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together – Julia has a baby
Birth: 1858-08-10 Death: 1913-08-13
– I think
a boy – Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
was out when Sam was
here – I could not help wishing to show
him the man who had grown from
the boy against whom he entertained
such uncharitable feelings 8 years
ago – Sam enquired about you – where
you were living this winter & whether
you were coming here – John Davis
who dined here is a son of "honest
John
Birth: 1787-01-13 Death: 1854-04-19
" who was Bancrofts
Birth: 1800-10-03 Death: 1891-01-17
secretary
to the Court of St James – He married
2 years ago Frederica King one of
the daughters of James King
Birth: 1791-05-08 Death: 1853-10-03
whom
Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24
knew – John is much im-
proved in person & manners since I
last saw him – She is neither young
or pretty but sensible, natural
in manner & agreeable – John came
to attend court – they leave tomorrow
are keeping house in New York –
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Monday morning —
I fear that you cannot read what I wrote
last night as I find it difficult
myself – It is a dark rainy morning
but not cold – that is cause for gratitude
I write in a room without fire of any
kind – John
Birth: 1827
is making fire in the furnace
I went in Will's room – found him awake
& smiling – Henry & Fanny are asleep &
Bell
Birth: 1858
is so lazy he has not even crawled
into bed since I got up – I will
write to Clara to day and send her
Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
letter from Key West
In order that this may go this morning
I must close it now – I have your
interesting letter of Wednesday last – am glad
Mr Curtis
Birth: 1814-08-13 Death: 1885-08-16Certainty: Possible
had one so appreciative a bearer
All send love your own
Sister —
I think you will find plenty of letter paper
in our garret but no note paper that
is very scarce here