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

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, July 10, 1834
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Date:1834-07-10

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

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: keh 

revision: ekk 2015-10-15

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Albany July 10. 1834
Dear Henry
I recieved a line from you
a few days since, just as I was
setting off from New York. I cannot
recollect its date; but well remember
its contents & thank you for it.
My enquiries and your intimations
do not seem not to tally in regard
to the Gubnatoreal candidate; while you
seem to think Jesse
Birth: 1778-01-04 Death: 1839-10-06
would be, if not the
best, yet a very good one; others consid-
er him a Jackson
Birth: 1767-03-15 Death: 1845-06-08
man; and if otherwise,
few or none would be willing to support
an eleventh hour man. Stowe
Birth: 1809 Death: 1859-02-19Certainty: Probable
says
he conversed with him & told him he
could not support him upon any re-
cantation he ever knew or heard of, of
his alleegence to the Regency. And
as far as I can learn there is an
indisposition to take up V.
Birth: 1786-08-06 Death: 1870-03-18Certainty: Possible
much of
the same cast – and some go so far
as to say that himself & friends
have determined upon his return to [ C ]
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Collier
Birth: 1787-11-13 Death: 1873-03-24
has been spoken of. Sam S.
Birth: 1794-09-01 Death: 1854-09-11Certainty: Probable
also
and Granger
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31
, of course, & though you
say he will in no event be a candi-
date, Hazeltine
Birth: 1793-06-10 Death: 1879-12-20
says he speaks ad-
visedly when he says that he may
become a candidate. The discordant
expression of public feeling as it comes
to my ears, alarms me. The
"Whig" and the [ Ultra ]
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Anti-masons
seem determined to have a candidate.
The Argus is goading on such
spirits and I do really fear the
drawing off of some seven or ten
thousand votes, & this is death to
the Whigs. All this would only ef-
fect the Lieutenancy, insofar as division
would have a tendency to discourage
effort – and still I think success may
be safely counted on.
Burr W. says he knows nothing
of what suit this must but , the costs
of which you ask of him. I had pre-
viously called on him, & found him
in, the day after I wrote you last –
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he says he will see you in town in Sept.
How unfortunate for us: we had
schemed much during winter to bring
you & Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
& Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
together in New
York
this Autumn, spoke to you & re-
cieved some encouragement; mentioned it
to Cornelia: begged you to write her; and
told you she complained: but subsequently
when I saw Frances & Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
spoke
with her, she seemed not to have the
least expectation of being down; & Cor-
nelia wrote me that your
letter did not mention it;
and so we gave up all hope.
Now when we are all dis-
banded – some in one place & some in an-
other, & no two members of the family in one
place; & all our arrangements made for
an absence of 60 or 80 days, we learn
sister Frances talks of coming down.
How delighted we should have been to
have known that she could come & to
have had her company in a tour into
New England. We are expecting Brown
Birth: 1796-11-09 Death: 1867-06-17

& Harriet
Birth: 1807-04-20 Death: 1883
on, late in the season, from
Vandalia. Marcia & her little boys
x Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08 

& her domesticks, are at present in Orange Co [ . ]
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Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
& mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
have been down & paid
us a hurried visit. I scarcely saw them
– mother is thin & feeble – dear old lady
I fear she will not last long.
I plead hard for that the Portraits
might either be exchanged for yours
(which I offered to get & pay for) or
be left till I could get copies – but
failed – am grieved & wounded. Remember
me affectionately to your Frances. Yours &c B.J.S.
Hon Wm H Seward
Auburn
New York
ALBANY
JUL 11
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
BJSeward
July 10. 1834.