Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 10, 1834

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 10, 1834
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1834-03-10

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 10, 1834

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: keh 

revision: ekk 2015-10-07

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Wm Henry
You are the very best brother I ever
had except six. Thank you a thousand
times for the prospect of getting your
letters. I had heard that they
were out, and already had deter-
mined to see them somehow in
a neat little scrapbook – gotten
up on purpose to contain them –
appropriately lettered & set in my
bookcase: – and I have been won-
dering if sister Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
would not
make herself busy to get them to
me: – but it is all arranged. Tell
friend Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
, I have dropped the
Whig – because the Whig man has
mixed up all sorts of things with
it, as if anti masonry were a poor
thing to follow alone – and I am
a little fearful that Thurlow is
scarcely anti masonish enough for me.
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I will send him the subscription for
a year, by the first gentleman I see
going to Albany.
Your late letter alarmed me
exceedingly. As I read it over hastily
and sayw the terms protest, and
cannot &c and the strong language
it bore, I had the queerest sensa-
tions imaginable. I have long
known that I ought to be sent to
the Penitentiary, & now thought I
the time has come. Still as I had
always intended & in the main succeeded
in doing justice to you, I could not
for the skin of me tell for what par-
ticular sin, I was about to be killed.
On a more attentive perusal, the
matter was unriddled & I found re-
lief. It is all right. The note
that Harry Seward
Birth: 1793-04-15 Death: 1871-08-27
has is one
of the three which you are kind
enough to say you have calculated
upon, and I suppose it is past due.
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Wakemans, I learn is due the 1st April
– it is possible that Harrys is due
some months after, but I think not.
His inducement to call my attention to
it is that he dislikes to send it to
Auburn for collection & lose the pre-
mium for a draft – & as he has been
a thorough going-steel friend of mine I
can scarcely allow him to do so, at
his own cost. If it be just as con-
venient for you to pay
it in Albany, you may
send it to me at my
risk and I will send you the note
– if not inform me & I will tell
him to send it to Auburn. Wakemans
I suppose has gone to Auburn.
Your announcement that you cannot
visit us this Spring grieves us much.
We had hoped to see you here – with
Sisters Frances & Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04

Your Brother
B.J. Seward
NY 10 March 1834

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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
NY. 10 March 1834
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I send to Frances the first of a series of
letters from the Mediteranean by the Prince of
Letter writers, a Chaplain on board the Delaware
Stewart
Birth: 1795-10-16 Death: 1870-12-15
. I do not like Cox
Birth: 1793 Death: 1853Certainty: Probable
– one may
read three columns of excursive description
& have but three ideas left.
Hon. Wm H Seward
now in
Albany
NEW-YORK
MAR 10
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B.J Seward
March 10. [ 1836 ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: 1834