Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, January 25, 1834

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, January 25, 1834
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Date:1834-01-25

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, January 25, 1834

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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: Auburn, NY

transcription: gew 

revision: ekk 2015-10-07

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New York 25 Jan. 1834
My dear Brother,
I was a few days since in
Phila and being so near was reminded
that I had been guilty of a little bit
of neglect to a dear good exiled sister
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04

& forthwith wrote her a long letter.
Very soon on my return I received her
answer and she complains that she is
forgotten of her friends. I do not ex-
pect (of course) that this poor letter will
be worth a reply, but if it be, let it
^be^ omitted & a line directed in lieu, to her.
A short letter, even, from you will great-
ly rejoice her – she is, poor girl, I fear
born to trouble – she is low spirited and
unhappy – says nothing about removing
to Mine Hill: says her Mahlon
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
is
often from home & she is lonely – do
write to her.
We are very well – and very happy –
money matters are easy with me and
all are cheerful & lighthearted. My
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little family
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08  Birth: 1794-07-23  Death: 1839-10-28 
are very apt to know and
sympathize with me in all my little trou-
bles: where I am depressed, they are down;
when I am relieved, they rejoice. And pros-
pects now are that I shall relieve myself
from the character of a pensioner; & hereafter
exempt all my friends from annoying appli-
cations, hereafter. about money.
Pollydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
is doing better, but oh there
is little hope! George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
I expect (but
it is only a guess, based upon a hint) is
to live in his own house (Gales
Birth: 1745-12-28 Death: 1822-03-10
old
place next the mansion) the coming
year & work the farm; & further re-
serves provisions, pasture &c &c
– and it is all uncertainty with
me till I write you next – or till
I see you here. I hope you will
make your arrangements to come
down, vrouw
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
, pickininis, bagage, and
all the first boat after the ice
is out of the way. Remember
I expect it – and will thank you
if you can, to let me know
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of it beforehand, long enough to write
Cornelia & ensure her presence also.
She wishes to come & we wish to
see her here & it will make her
visit worth ten times as much to
meet Frances & her children
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
also.
I shall write her of this matter
& indeed you may as well com-
municate directly with her and
tell her when you will
be here & meet her.
My Friend Lord
Birth: 1795-09-23 Death: 1868-03-04
of
this city is an applicant for an
auctioneers commission from you. He
is an Episcopalian of the Hobart School
– & what is much more to the pres-
ent purpose, he is an apt merchant
– well understands the office he seeks
– is as honest a man and as
honorable a dealer as anyone
can be who may be his competitor.
– I hope you will favour his
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pretentions: & if he gets the office
I shall greatly rejoice.
Remember me affectionately to Sister
& kiss the little boys for Uncle.
B.J. Seward
Hon Wm H Seward
Of the Senate
Albany
New York
Jan 27
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
Jan 25, 1834