Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, May 9, 1840

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, May 9, 1840
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Date:1840-05-09

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, May 9, 1840

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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: Albany, NY

transcription: aca 

revision: tap 2017-09-13

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Chautauqua Land Office
Westfield May 9. 1840
Dear Henry
Before this reaches you I hope
you will be in the enjoyment of a breathing
spell. I would not defeat this benevo-
lence; but leave my enquiries for the
occurrance of some leisure hour
when you shall have recovered from the
oppressions of the winter.
The Trust estate in Auburn is in
a dilapidated state & is comparatively
unproductive, for want of some incon-
siderable alterations & repairs. When
in Auburn, I procured estimates &
formed plans of for improvement, with the
view of representing them to the Trust
Co in connexion with a report of an ap-
propriation of funds laid out upon the
estate. But after all, I thought it
better to leave it for consultation with
you. The situation of that estate can
not be considered satisfactory: shall I
leave it for yourself, or some agent there
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to look into & provide for – or will you
have me explain it further to you &
upon advisement undertake the improve-
ment; or shall it be for the present?
The first year of Cook
Birth: 1800-11-20 Death: 1866-10-16
& M.
Birth: 1794-02-11 Death: 1856-11-22
Bond
terminates on the 13th of June – at which
their interest (some twenty two hundred
dollars) becomes due – beside an ad-
vance for taxes: when under ordinary
circumstances, it would be proper
to address them a note: but supposing
it probable there may ^be^ considerations of
delay unknown to me, I have conclu-
ded not to move without instructions.
Jones
Birth: 1775-08-07 Death: 1862-08-02Certainty: Probable
has asked for a few days
in the payment of his interest & seems
disposed to observe punctuality.
Further consultations confirm
me in the opinion that all is
safe in this county. I have seen
Plumb
Birth: 1802-06-09 Death: 1877-08-31
as you suggested I submitted
my views to him & others as you
suggested: all is well.
Mr. Cary
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
has been here and
seems pleased with the condition
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of affairs. I was quite surprised
at his account of the struggle about
the Registry law – and am most
happy that you have come out (as
I think you have) unscathed.
Would it not be well for me
to drop down & see you in Auburn
or Albany after your return
from New York & Orange Co.?
If yes, please inform me a
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hile while before hand if you
can. I am sadly unsettled
in policy touching several
points of land office affairs & would
like much to see you if your leis-
ure permit.
Your grateful Brother
BJ Seward
I believe every thing was satisfactory
to Mr. Cary in the Chautauqua Bank.
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W.H. Seward Esq.
Albany
WESTFIELD
MAY
10
N.Y.
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Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
B. J. Seward
May 9, 1840