Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, November 27, 1835

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Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, November 27, 1835



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Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, November 27, 1835

action: sent

sender: Samuel Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05  Death: 1849-08-24

location: Florida, NY

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

location: Geneva, NY

transcription: mah 

revision: crb 2015-10-06

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Florida 27th Nov 1835
My dear Henry
Thomas C Cummin
Birth: 1814-03-28 Death: 1885-03-24
is with
in, he sets out on a Tour of collection
for his employers through the western
country and perhaps as far as St
. It gives me pleasure to have
an oppertunity of writing you so
direct. Edwins
Birth: 1799 Death: 1872-04-23
three remaining Chd
are recovering their usual health
who lives with him is very bored
spending a few days in N.Y. that
muddy foggy weather I was exposed
took a severe cold and am very much
oppresed for breath. By a letter direct
from Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
I learn they are well &
pleasantly situated in Cincinnanatti
I had also a letter from Washington
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
last Mail, they are well and much
pleased with their visit to Florida but
W. and his partner Wells
cannot agree
exactly well in the conducting of their
Merchantile concerns. Each believes he
posseses superior qualifications for
& management. The sale of the Mortg
premises of J M Vancy
Dist I see is in the
Democrat. After Archibald Owen
myself calling on Brad Wood
. His neglecting
or refusing to settle I made oath to the
Bill returned it to B&McC and have
heard nothing from them since.
On the subject of the Loans you mention
I observe that to extricate the family from
childish folly and extravegance and
answer some other purposes I was
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compeled to have recourse to the Bank
for a loan of $6000[ . ]


This sum I have
worn down to $1500. Payments of money
on Int. is of all things the most uncertain
Our Country never was doing as well
still there are but few disposed to pay
off their obligations. The Location and Loans
you mention meet my view exactly and
if payments come in as I expect the probabi-
[ ty ]

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Alternate Text: ility
is I may be able to furnish one or both
the persons mentioned but I can speak
with more certainty sometime hence
About the time set by the Comr of
Highways for opening and removing ob-
structions from our road Jayne
Birth: 1778 Death: 1863

& Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
put in the hands of Peter Aspell

a petition to the present Judges of Com
Pleas to vacate the road this lay some days
in his hands but no others signing it Curtin
came and took it away privately.
They then made a great blow that they
were going to appeal to the higher Court
This died without a struggle. Jayne and
on the Court bill being laid before
the board of Supervisors appealed to them
for higher damages. I was called as a witness
He opened the cause and commensed
reviewing the proceedings of the Jury at
nooon and at twelve OClock at night
the Supervisors supported & confirmed
the apprisal of the Jury in every J O T
Bradner for Appelants Monell
for the
Court. The Magnanimous reason for
which the road was laid. Jayne being
a Comt. The mean do over he took to get it
vacated. The objections he made to its
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being a road and every other point
was proved before the board. Jayne
laid in and proved by his three
hundred Dollars damage. The Jury
allowed him Eleven and the Supervisors
approved of it as a righteous verdict
Thus he has at length been foiled
in every undertaking. What will
be next I know not but have
no expectations that his eternal
rancor will stop here
Dr Cumming
Birth: 1776-07-15 Death: 1863-01-09
has just brot a
third wife
from Phild> two other
ladies are with her This adds very
much to the pleasure of our November
[ slaying ]

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Alternate Text: sleighing

Your late address to the
Citizens of Auburn has been Recd
The reading of which gives great
pleasure to your old schoolmates
Mr Websters
Birth: 1782-01-18 Death: 1852-10-24
address to the Citizens
of Boston is also before the Public
and very much admired.
The Constitutional sentiments
contained in that speech ought
to be rivedted in every Whigs breast
in the Union. Shall I have the
opportunity of meeting you
in Albany this winter if my
health admits. We are anxious
to hear what effect this cold weather
has on our dear Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
. Present
our respects to Judge. M.
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
& affectionately
remember us to all
Saml S Seward
W H Seward Esq
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for Wm I hold a Bond & Mortg against
John Sayres
Long Ridge Farm of $1500
the interest of which Harry G Windsor
years ago assumed the payment of but the
collection of which from him has always
been nearly as much as it was worth
The annual Int. is due [ simce ]

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Alternate Text: since
1st of May &
I see no prospect of [ geting ]

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Alternate Text: getting
it. I am worn
out with the trifleing falsehoods of this
faithless man. Will you take the Bond &
Mortg. and foreclose them in order that
I may place the money in more punc-
tual hands. He has [ forfeted ]

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Alternate Text: forfeited
his word
and deceived me so often that he thinks
it a mere business of course. This has
been so often the case that his most
solemn engagement is not worth a
single shard. The weather is cold. Good
slaying, but I fear the boys Nuts are
froze up in the [ Canall ]

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Alternate Text: canal

William H Seward Esq
To business Mr
T. C Cummin
Geneva N.Y.
Dec 10


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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10