Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 10, 1864

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 10, 1864
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1864-12-10

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Lazette Miller Worden, December 10, 1864

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: kle 

revision: ekk 2015-06-30

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Saturday
Dec 10th
Dearest Sister
I have been confined
to my room two days
with neuralgia
A disease, the chief symptom of which is a very acute pain, exacerbating or intermitting, which follows the course of a nervous branch, extends to its ramifications, and seems therefore to be seated in the nerve •
- this
morning I am in the
library again, though
not able to guide my
pen very steadily. Fanny
Birth: 1844-12-09 Death: 1866-10-29

had a letter from Ellen
Birth: 1844-09-14 Death: 1920-04-14

yesterday which said
her mother
Birth: 1810 Death: 1877-01-07
had been
to see you and had
been much entertained
by your "brilliant" con-
versation. I am glad
to hear your eyes are
improving - you must
not use them even to write
to us, dear Sister, though
there are few things I

[top Margin] she
gets rested.
We see nothing
of Mrs Pomeroy
Birth: 1835-09-04 Death: 1892-02-25Certainty: Probable

yet. Love to
all & a kiss
for Nelly
Birth: 1862-09-11 Death: 1921-10-05
-
Sister.

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miss so much as your
letters. Yours of Tuesday
came while I was sick.
I am glad Jenny
Birth: 1839-11-18 Death: 1913-11-09
and
the baby
Birth: 1864-11-10
keep pretty
well. The unfortunate
illness of her nurses
is really extraordinary.
I hope you did not
tempt the second with mince
pie. Whenever you think it
best for Eliza
Unknown
to have more
help you can send for Mary
Jane Benet
Unknown
. I made that
arrangement with Martha
Birth: 1777Certainty: Probable
.
I hope you will have no
repetition of the Young
Birth: 1802-08-08 Death: 1876-03-26Certainty: Probable
's visit.
No you did not write
me they had gone, but Will
Birth: 1839-06-18 Death: 1920-04-29

told me they were not there.
I hope they do not return
this winter. Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
's arm
gets along very slowly, the
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operation of bending it is still
exceedingly painful. Now
that he sees people in his
room in the morning there
is a constant line. He
is very deservedly popular
with the diplomatic corps
and has frequent and long
visits from them. He takes
his breakfast in my room while
Margaret
Unknown
arranges his, then
I do not usually see
him again until evening
unless when Dr Verdi
Birth: 1829-02-10 Death: 1902
is there.
The Dr is very desirous to have
a favourable result to this
difficult operation in surgery,
professes to have no apprehension
about the success of his manage-
ment, though I think it
is obvious he is a little
nervous at times. The
arm is still splinted, this
is the end of the 4th week.
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Lord Lyons
Birth: 1817-04-06 Death: 1887-12-05
went away very
ill. Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
said he never saw
a person so changed in a short
time. Only think of Dr Miller
Unknown

(sufficient) cupping him on the
forehead repeatedly for neuralgia.
His disease had no mitigation
while here. I hope he may improve
away from there[ . ]
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Reason: 
Dr. Sheffield
Unknown
who
was to go with him is very ill
with diptheria. Henry sent
Lord Lyons is a special car -
Donaldson
Birth: 1818 Death: 1886-12-03
went to New York with
him. There seems to be universal
regret at his departure.
You know Byron
Birth: 1788-01-22 Death: 1824-04-19
says -
"Your cold people are beyond all price
When once you've broken their confounded
ice" .
I think the ice was broken in
this instance by the journey to
Niagara. Augustus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
reads
me to sleep every night and
then spends the remainder of his
evening with Fred & Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
. Fanny
has been to the Opera 5 nights
in succession about which I leave
her to tell her own story when