Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, November 29, 1833

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, November 29, 1833
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1833-11-29

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, November 29, 1833

action: sent

sender: Benjamin Seward
Birth: 1793-08-23  Death: 1841-02-24

location: New York, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Albany, NY

transcription: cef 

revision: ekk 2015-10-06

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New York. 29 Nov. 1833
Dear Brother
I have your letter & sincerely
thank you for the information it con-
tains. – I had hoped almost against
hope that you would give me some little
insight into anti masonry – and this letter
gives me much satisfaction. Friend Ward
Birth: 1797 Death: 1884Certainty: Probable

has been in, to say that he for one does
not mean to lay down anti masonry – &
is ready if others are that a Governor
shall be nominated & all the Votes given
him that can be procured, less or more,
and as for Dr Milnor
Birth: 1773-06-20 Death: 1844-04-08Certainty: Probable
, he is not the
first good man that has been enchained
in a way he does not understand: – and
he is disposed to let him take his tether
- the end of which will ere long bring him
up & turn him about. – No man in
this land can stand up against public
indignation - not even Dr Milnor.
I sent your little bundle of callers
&c by Mr S. Hinsdale
Certainty: Probable
, Birmington Ver.
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the only person I could find on board
going to Albany or have seen going
there since your letter came. – He took
it on Thursday eve'g – & promised to send
it up to you – he stays a day or
two in Albany: – a merchant.
Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
sends a little box of pills
to sister Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
– she will find them
to be all that the honest Moravian
Circular with them promises – no quackery.
I told you that I had paid over
all the money you left with me (and
a good deal more) and not a farthing
of it had been appropriated, to my
knowledge, in any way to benefit me.
I have since enquired into this matter
and find that Marcia did recieve a
pair of cotton mitts, value one shilling
& some other little article (I cannot for
the life of me think what) worth two
more shillings – as a present. – All
this is of no consequence only to have
all things representation of things to tally
with the things themselves.
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I am in deep trouble again & almost
ashamed to say so to you – the getting
together of housekeeping articles – the having
of an unusual amount of company has
involved me in expenses beyone my cal-
culation & necessitated me to contract
some hand to mouth sort of debts
which are exceedingly troublesome. I
hold brother Pollydors
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
Note for $180
can you not make it convenient
to take it off my hands and
relieve me? I have all a-
long hoped to savve something out
of my salary (of $1.200) but it seems
difficult to begin to save. –The ex-
penses alluded to and the accumulation
of interest & shares, consumes my means
- if you can, help me out of this
scrape, it is my purpose never to
say money to you again (unless grate-
ful memory shall promt it) as long
as I live. Take your own time, but
do help me if you can. B.J. Seward.
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Hon Wm H Seward
Congress Hall
Albany
NEW YORK
NOV
30
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
29 Nov. 1833