Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, September 3, 1837

  • Posted on: 10 March 2016
  • By: admin
xml: 
Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, September 3, 1837
x

transcriber

Transcriber:spp:ahf

Distributor:Seward Family Papers Project

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-09-03

In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's persons.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "pla" point to place elements in the project's places.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's staff.xml authority file. In the context of this project, private URIs with the prefix "psn" point to person elements in the project's bibl.xml authority file. verical-align: super; font-size: 12px; text-decoration: underline; text-decoration: line-through; color: red;

Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, September 3, 1837

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: ahf 

revision: dxt 2015-11-03

<>
Page 1

Auburn Sunday Sept. 4th.
x

Editorial Note

Sunday was Sept. 3

My dear J,
I wrote you yesterday, and received last night your letter of
the 31st. Assuredly you must not receive a dollar of Lumbermans money
now. I doubt not you came to the same conclusion. In regard to
funds or fraud of that kind and drafts maturing, if you have not
already done so I think you ought to get Tucker
Birth: 1805-10-05 Death: 1874-04-25
to go with you
to Jamestown, there take Lowry
Birth: 1805-10-22 Death: 1852-02-23
if you can ‑ go to the Bank at
Warren and get such pay or collateral as you can. I men-
tion Tucker & Lowry because we have a claim in house
upon them, both having Assured us that these receipts should
be good and in all events provided for. I regret that this
explosion did not happen before I left, but trust you will
be able to secure against further evil, and perhaps make
safe for what has happened.
If there are fears[ , ]
x

Supplied

Reason: 
threats[ , ]
x

Supplied

Reason: 
and complaints it is well. It shows
that our business will be attended to, and it is unnecessary to
deal more in terror, at least at present, let the temper and
tone now be conciliating, and remember that from them who
can do nothing, nothing must be required so All will be well.
I trusted Mr Haight
Birth: 1799-11-28 Death: 1866-02-23
would before this time have advised
me of the number of outstanding contracts. Did you write or
rather read my letter to Mr Vanderkemp
Birth: 1783-04-22 Death: 1855-12-04
?
I return the bill, I Know I never received the bill in ques‑
tion. It is one of the few against which I was always on
my guard, because the impudence of of using the name of
H Baldwin
Birth: 1797-02-04 Death: 1863-08-22
a friend of mine, a lawyer at Syracuse as Caution
had impressed me when I saw a caution a long time
since against the forgery. Besides I have received no bills
of that size of any body except the Lumberman's Bank.
Page 2
I am sure this bill was not of that parcel. Your own recollec-
tion will probably confirm this, that is you will remember
whether you sent passed the Money to Mr Kibbes
Birth: 1767-03-04 Death: 1841-08-04Certainty: Probable
out of that parcel,
I cannot say what effect Mr K's personal explanation might have
with me but in the absence of that, I cannot believe that this
vile counterfeit was ever received by any one of us, or paid
out to him.
Nothing yet from Baltimore. I think I will go there the
last of this week.
There is an universal despondency in this region about money
affairs.
Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
writes that Croswell
Birth: 1797-05-29 Death: 1871-06-13Certainty: Probable
stays away voluntarily. Blair
Birth: 1791-04-12 Death: 1876-10-18

will be deprived of the state printing, but Polk
Birth: 1795-11-02 Death: 1849-06-15
will probably
be reelected Speaker, and that is best for us, though the dissent-
ing Jackson men will rue it. Van Buren
Birth: 1782-12-05 Death: 1862-07-24
will recommend Treas‑
ury notes, and not to pay over the surplus, but the latter will
not avail. The Sub Treasury scheme is abandoned.
The Banks cannot and will not resume specie payments
this winter. The Philadelphia Banks refuse to join in the
proposed convention.
You are too sensitive. I like long letters, but long habit
of being hurried by a multitude of various cares prevents
my writing such, and so it seemed to me it is as inconvenient
to others to write them as it is for me. I barely intended in
the expression to which You refer to relieve you from the labor
of writing letters which might be too exacting on your time.
Please believe me as I am, always plain of speech, meaning noth-
ing more than I say, and having no deeper motive then I express.
Disposed always to be satisfied that what you do is rightly
done and sure always that it is done with pure motives.
It is time for Church.
Adieu
Your H
Page 3

Nothing wrong about Henry Seymour's
Birth: 1780-05-30 Death: 1837-08-26
affairs, Monomania
produced by apprehensions unfounded of loss of property.
All safe, so writes Weed.
Page 4

Benjamin J. Seward Esq.
Chataqua Land office
Westfield
N.Y.
Double
Auburn N.Y.
Sep 3 4
x

Stamp

Type: postmark

Hand Shiftx

Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
September 4, 1837