Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 12, 1862

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 12, 1862
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Distributor:Seward Family Digital Archive

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1862-03-12

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 12, 1862

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: gew 

revision: ekk 2015-06-30

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Page 1

Wednesday
March 12th
My dear Sister,
I have just sent
a letter to Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

which I dated wrong
but no matter.
I suppose he & Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09

reached home last
night[ . ]
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Reason: 
The same
morning Jenny left I
was quite surprised by
a visit from Mrs
Wright
Birth: 1806-12-25 Death: 1875-01-04Certainty: Probable
- she came
from home the day

[top Margin] I will
try to go
today.
I forgot Mr
Miller’s letter
2nd. I enclosed it
now.

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after you saw her.
She said while she was
here that she preferred
to hear of our reverses
in the war, rather than
of our success, until
the slavery question
was settled - and
this too while William
is among the combatants.
Her patriotism is stronger
than her maternal
instincts. I hope just
now that there may be
many mothers who
have the same philosophy
Page 3

though I have doubts.
Mrs Wright looked very
well. William is with the
Army on the Virginia
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side of the Potomac,
where I hope they will
find the enemy have
left their intrenchments
though we yet have
nothing but rumours
since I read Carl Schurzs
Birth: 1829 Death: 1906

speesch, which seems to me
incontrovertible in argument[ . ]
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Reason: 

I have little hope of perma-
nent peace unless Mr
Lincoln
Birth: 1809-02-12 Death: 1865-04-15
can come to the
conclusion that humanity
Page 4

and liberty are paramount
to the Constitution at this
time. I have all along
felt that God could not
give us a permanent peace
while we supported slavery
and I grow more & more
sure of it everyday. I
have no beleif that subjuga-
tion of it can be effected
will change the character
of the Southern people.
I meant to have gone to see
Mrs Wright yesterday but
Mrs Helmuth
Birth: 1838-06-17 Death: 1918-11-30
came in
the morning and took me
to see a picture which
used up my strength for
that day.
Page 5

Thursday morning
I believe there is a spill
upon Mr Millers
Certainty: Probable
letter.
Yesterday I went to see
Mrs Wright - found her
looking ill & I think
feeling badly about William.
She expressed a wish
to see Mr Miller's letter
so I sent it to her asking
her to return it immediately.
I had previously told her
I was to send it to you
in my letter. I have
waited until this time
no letter comes - mine
must go to the mail
so it is again deferred.
Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29
was to take a
riding lesson today
Page 6

but she did too much
yesterday a and had
some fever last night.
Your letter of Sunday came
last evening. I am glad
the Austins
x Birth: 1833-05-26  Death: 1891-02-25 Certainty: Probable Birth: 1831-08-31  Death: 1886-04-07 Certainty: Probable
are going
away. If you cannot
keep Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
from taking
new boarders until
I come let Will give
her $6 per week. I
am sure I can make
some arrangement when
I see Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
. I wish
the others would go soon.
I have many other things
to say which must
wait until another
letter. Love to Clara[ . ]
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Reason: 

Your own Sister.
I am sorry Eliza
Unknown
& Katy
Certainty: Probable

are sick.