Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, August 24, 1838

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, August 24, 1838
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1838-08-24

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, August 24, 1838

action: sent

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

location: Westfield, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: keh 

revision: ekk 2015-11-18

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Augst
Dear H.
Fox
Birth: 1797-08-21 Death: 1883-02-11
is here: from Ellicottville
says his Co will send the right men – already
public sentiment has selected them & no doubt
remains about who they will be & how they
will go. Great efforts have been made by
T.
Birth: 1795-02-08 Death: 1864-11-02Certainty: Probable
to bring men to sustain G.
Birth: 1800-04-21 Death: 1863-09-12Certainty: Probable
– but the in-
dications are strong, very strong against
this influence. He remarks that it is
a conceded point that G would get the
whole whig vote & satisfy the party: –
but if the other candidate is proposed
many V.B
Birth: 1782-12-05 Death: 1862-07-24
voters would go for him.
The difference he says will be several
hundred certainly – probably a good
many hundred. What this means
with exactness I do not know. He
showed a good deal of fear lest
B.
Birth: 1783-09-15 Death: 1863-08-30Certainty: Probable
should be selected – says Patterson
Birth: 1799-11-11 Death: 1879-10-15

had written him, that this would
promote harmony – but that he wrote
back, strong, that his want of tact
makes him a dangerous leader
for ultimate success – G. must be
the 2d choice not B.

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write you about the convention at
^Lansingburgh or New Scotland^ Albany – but suppose you have heard all about it
ere this. The Agent writes from N.Y. that
if he can he will furnish a place for Oliphant
Unknown
.
Ten miles of the RR are let-low.
Bailey
Unknown
of Oorange was at Tappan & spoke favourably
of things at G. Everything he says are right in
Rockland. V.P.
Birth: 1786-08-06 Death: 1870-03-18Certainty: Probable
tells him all will be right in N.Y.
He met his excellent friend G.
Unknown
at the springs who said
The question was not complicated – it was only whether
G. or B should be nominated!! Thus he talked!
He also speaks of Gibbs as being right & so
many & in such strong terms that I fancy
he he is too sanguine.
Our little caucas here is doing good
getting out papers & calling in men.

[left Margin] He mentions that Plumb
Birth: 1802-06-09 Death: 1877-08-31Certainty: Probable
of Lodi
Unknown
told him that in Erie the current is
at this time setting against T. & G. The Co, it is is against them.
Buffalo people write Plumb, that the city is against them & P. thinks
the right
kind of man
will be sent.
We flatter some
here – rather
I – for I carry
a stiff
upper lip as
the wags
have it
can you not send us
a word of
comfort.
Page 2

P. Lot 2. T. 2. R 15. Sold Mr Underwood
is 128 Acres at $4 not 155 Acres. Right
We are marking off ownerships in
the Land Legers – and in the salesbook.
The errors are numerous & perplexing.
Humphrey
Birth: 1814-03-15 Death: 1885-06-09
prepared the table of used land
reverted land & expired contracts – and
it had been better to have paid him
for lying in bed & hired his work
done well than now to consume
so much time to test his results.
Young
Birth: 1796 Death: 1877Certainty: Probable
& Patchin
Birth: 1805-05-17 Death: 1892-05-17Certainty: Probable
are with us
& we are doing all we can.
Smith
Birth: 1807-05-13 Death: 1864-07-29
writes from Avon that it
is not likely he will go to Auburn.
I shall write him that I think
it doubtful whether his habit of
inattention is not invetrate – and that
as he is likely to relapse, it might be
pleasenter to devise some business while
with his father
Birth: 1784-04-09 Death: 1847-01-12
& take his own time
& inducements to leave us – but that
if he will apply himself, few could give
better satisfaction. Yours with gratitude
B.
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W. H. Seward Esq
Auburn
N.Y.
Westfield, N.Y.
25 Aug '38
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B. J. Seward
Aug. 24, 1838.