Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 30, 1825

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 30, 1825
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1825-03-30

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 30, 1825

action: sent

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

location: New York, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mec 

revision: crb 2016-01-29

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New York 30 March 1826
Dear Henry
After several fruitless attempts of
each to see the other, I met with Mr Colt
to day, who told me that he had made
up his mind to pay the $50 but was
unable – begd to ^be^ allowed untill the 15
of April when he thought he could do
it – if not he would let the process
go forward without complaint.
The writ is returnable, & see 3rd
Monday in Feb 1825 – what is your
further pleasure? –
You may think I have managed
this business badly – I thought you only
wished to get $50 out of him rather than
out of Compston
Unknown
, & have given such in-
dulgences as I thought would effect this
object – perhaps I have judged incorrectly
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Our little boys are quite sick – particularly
Aurelia
Birth: 1821 Death: 1825-04-08
– she is using strong remedies for
an inflamation in the chest – but they operate
unkindly – she is very sick –
How is your much-loved-by-everybody
– dear Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
– seems to me ^it is^ a year and
a half since I received a letter from you –
Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
too is crying aloud, what has
become of Henry's quill – not reflecting
that it has changed masters – and is now
in the hand of a man of business – I
am exceedingly gratified to learn by every
breeze from the West of your application &
I can only regret that some midnight
clarrion did not occasionally bring us
the welcome sound that you were at that
hour if no other could be seized upon was
consecrated to friendship & correspondence.
And sister Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
too how is she – do tell
me – some how I have never given my
consent that I should change my relationship
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with her – & I have horridly suspected every mo-
ment for a few months past that I should
hear the strip of news which should rob
me of the privilege of calling her by the
indearing appellation so suited to my feelings
above all others 'sister Lazette'–.
Do you know that I am so busy that
I can scarce get time to breathe – Well I
am and must now cut
my letter short off, not
in view of the end of my
paper but because I have many more
letters to write to night.
I am opening a set of books for
the Hudson & Delaware Canal Co Bank
– We shall get into full operation by
the 1 June or before –
Do write me – soon
Your affectionate brother
B. J. Seward
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Wm. Henry Seward
Auburn
N.Y.
NEW YORK
MAR 31
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B. J. Seward
March 30
1825