Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 14, 1863

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 14, 1863
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Date:1863-03-14

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Letter from Frances Adeline Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, March 14, 1863

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1844-12-09  Death: 1866-10-29

location: Washington D.C., US

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

location: Auburn, NY

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revision: tap 2018-02-06

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Saturday. March 14th 1863.
My dear Aunty,
Your hoped for letter
was very welcome. I received it Wednsday
evening, together with a nice, natural
one from Mary Titus
Birth: 1846 Death: 1913-03-14
. I am always
so glad to receive letters that two at
a time are quite a windfall. —
Tuesday morning. — Having begun this
letter Saturday I had to go up
stairs, and being busied there, I laid
it aside. Sunday after church I felt
very weak and tired (because, I suppose,
it was the third day since I was
vaccinated) and yesterday I was
hurried all day.
Mother
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
has written you all that
has been going on. I know you
must have been much surprised
to hear of the death of sweet Susan
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Ward
Birth: 1841 Death: 1863-03-09
. Except for the letter the day
before, saying that she was very ill,
we it was entirely unexpected by us,
and very sad news. It seemed, &
indeed was, a very short time since
she visited us, and went away with
her father
Birth: 1797 Death: 1884
, promising to write often,
and in the expectation of often seeing
us again.
I have been out very little, except to drive
or on business. Friday Dr Verdi
Birth: 1839

vaccinated the baby
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
, Mary Shiel
Birth: 1844

and myself. Mother has probably
told you of Dr Verdi's being called
to dress Father's
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
hand — as I know
she wrote you all about that, lest
you should be alarmed by reports.
Father is now able to use his hand
a good deal, though it is still
bandaged — it is doing very well.
The vaccination is "taking" in
all three of the cases.
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Friday evening a number of persons
were here. Some had heard alarming
rumors of Father's accident. Preston
King
Birth: 1806-10-14 Death: 1865-11-12
, Major Austin
Unknown
, Judge Goodrich
Birth: 1804-09-27 Death: 1885-04-19
&
Gov. Ramsay
Birth: 1815-09-08 Death: 1903-04-22
, the new Minnesota senator,
Mr Risley
Birth: 1814 Death: 1893Certainty: Probable
, and General Ord.
Birth: 1818-10-18 Death: 1883-07-22
^called.^ The
latter is Sam Seward's
Birth: 1838-04-16 Death: 1916-02-22
general, to
whom he is strongly attached. He
is one of those men whose [ through ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: thorough
,
energetic way of speaking seems to
mark a fit man for a soldier. I
like him very much.
Saturday, Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
, Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
and my-
self, accompanied by Judge
Goodrich, attended Mrs Lincoln's
Birth: 1818-12-13 Death: 1882-07-16

reception. Mr Lincoln
Birth: 1809-02-12 Death: 1865-04-15
does not
appear at these now. Sunday
we had the strangest combination —
a severe thunder-storm with a
snow-storm. We have a delight-
ful prospect of seeing Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29
every
day at present; as he has to come
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in to attend a Court Martial, in the
city. He was here yesterday — looking
very well.
Last week I received a letter from
Amanda Schooley
Birth: 1842-02-01 Death: 1916-05-13
, who has reached
her new home in California
safely — and thinks she shall like it.
Her mention of those California names,
and the "Ranches," recalled "John
Brent,"
 Publisher: Ticknor et Fields Place of Publication:Boston, MA Date: 1862
and made her travels almost
visible. By the way, the Capt. Parker
Birth: 1825-11-16 Death: 1868-03-30
,
who told us of Winthrop
Birth: 1828-09-22 Death: 1861-06-10
, is an officer
on Gen. Martindale's
Birth: 1815-03-20 Death: 1881-12-13
staff. The papers
announced a short time ago that he
was to be Judge Advocate of all im-
portant Court Martial here — and
spoke of him as a member of the Boston
Bar, a lawyer of high standing.
A later paper said that he was
seriously ill of fever.
Today I have to visit with Anna, the
Dixons
x Birth: 1844-01-16  Death: 1921-03-05  Birth: 1820-07-01  Death: 1871-06-16  Birth: 1814  Death: 1873-03-27 
, whose reception day it is. Then
I must go to Mrs Ropes
Unknown
, who is making
me some spring and summer dresses,
which the present weather seems
to indicate I am not likely to want
for some time. Mother says she
has written you about sending
a barrel ^box^ of clothing for the
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contrabands, to be forwarded at
her expense. Will you put on the
top my dark green calico dress, and
drab moreen f petticoat, (it has
a flounce on the bottom.) I think
Eliza can find both — they are
probably either in the clothes-press
or my wardrobe — I had the I dress
about when I was packing, trying
to make room to bring it. Should
you have an opportunity to send
them by somebody coming down
it would be well. I shall need
them when the weather grows
warmer.
This evening we have another dinner.
Among other guests the Haytien
Chargé
Unknown
is to be here. I have
not met him yet, but hear him
highly spoken of — I enclose his
card for your benefit. A pretty name,
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is it not?
Nelly is growing so remarkable that
we do not know what to do with
such a prodigy. She and Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11

are on very intimate terms.
Please write me another letter soon,
and believe me
Your loving niece
Fanny.
P.S. I'm going to dinner with Mr
Sumner
Birth: 1811-01-06 Death: 1874-03-11
.