Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, September 13, 1834

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, September 13, 1834
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Date:1834-09-13

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, September 13, 1834

action: sent

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

location: Boston, MA

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mec 

revision: ekk 2015-10-15

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Boston Sept. 13, 1834
Dear Henry
I have learned, I believe from my
man Cherry
Birth: 1811 Death: 1864
that you returned very soon
from Phil’a & did not visit Great sand
Harbour – but I did not learn why:
will you not, when you write tell me why.
I am so far back on my way
from Bangor; after being in [ Main ]
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during
election & hearing much about poli-
ticks in many little cities. There is
a great deal of antimasonry all
along down east – indeed I have
been so much among them of late
that I feel my close communion &
feelings all coming up fresh to mind
as if they had ^been^ laid by only a few
days since.
You have seen the result of the
convention here; which ^has^ just been held.
Myron Holly
Birth: 1779-04-20 Death: 1841-03-04
attended – & puts up with
me at the Hanover House. – He
says the movement of Gov Davis
Birth: 1787-01-13 Death: 1854-04-19
to win
over antimasons, has effected nothing –

[left Margin] Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
says says send love to Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
fresh and
warm from Yankee land. – We as well expect to
stay a
few days
longer.

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not even one vote; as far as has been
learned; & Dr Phelps
Birth: 1779-09-08 Death: 1873-02-24
confirms the state-
ment. –
Dr Phelps & others around him
rather took me to task because as
he alledged, the antimasons of N.Y. had
changed their Politicks. – I defended – He
adduced Hones
Birth: 1781-10-25 Death: 1851-05-05
old letter & Weeds
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
silence
as evidence. – As to the past, I held
that anti m. could not be answerable
unless it were true; as represented against
them & then was every where denied &
no proof was furnished to substantiate
the declarations of Stone
Birth: 1792-04-20 Death: 1844-08-15Certainty: Probable
: & as to Weeds
silence, it remained to be seen whether
it was not altogether good policy and
at any rate it was poor proof of
what they charged, while Weed was
constantly denying it. And I asked
them, on the supposition of a mistake
in the policy pursued whether it was
subserving the cause they sought to
advance to abuse & criminate in [ they ]
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way they were doing; & to seek to
divide & distract as seemed to be their
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wish! – They seemed to have no clue
to the reasons why Granger
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31
could not
be brought out as a candidate – but
^were^ satisfied with the explanation I gave
them – and more than satisfied with
the account of the state of your mind
& feelings. – Indeed the very sentiment
expressed in Halletts
Birth: 1797-12-02 Death: 1861-09-30
paper to day is
the one that Phelps closed our
protracted conversation
with yesterday – your
election, should it occur,
will be hailed as a
bright omen in the good cause by
anti m. here.
I write at a late hour – ex-
cuse the haste you ^see^ – I do not
forget that you have my promise
to see you in Nov No accounts
of the [ Notern ]
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Alternate Text: Northern
Convention have yet
reached ^here^ - A kind Providence grant
you a safe deliverance & prosper
your [ frends ]
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Alternate Text: friends

Your affectionate Brother
B. J. Seward
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I have heard that Wm H Brown
Birth: 1796-11-09 Death: 1867-06-17
of Ills.
has come on – perhaps he is with you – if
so please give my very kindest regards to
him & tell him I hope to see him
in New York on my return.
Hon. Wm H Seward
Auburn
NY
Boston Sept 15
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
Sept 13. 1834.