Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 8, 1825

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 8, 1825
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1825-04-08

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 8, 1825

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

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

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revision: crb 2016-01-29

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N.Y. 8 Apl. 1825
My Dear Brother
I am barely able to inform
you that our dear little Aurelia
Birth: 1821 Death: 1825-04-08
is no more!
She died this morning at 5 OClock after an illness
of two weeks - the last twenty six hours of
which were wasted in violent spasmodic fits-
Her disease from being an inflamation on the chest
which we supposed for two day had been subdued,
became the dropsy in the brain. Few have
suffered more - none that I have ever known
either young or old, have borne their suffering
with more patience. After successive convulsions
for the last twelve hours, which agonized every
beholder, - how welcome the sound of the last
respiration. If a fond Parent might thus
rejoice in death as the end of suffering, how
much more the Philosopher that her disembodied
spirit has escaped from the crosses, afflictions,
& false friendships of an unsatisfying,
faithless world - but above all how may
the Christian rejoice in this happy deliverance
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superadded to the hope of Glory -
Oh my dear Brother you know not our bereave-
ment - but our loss is doubtless her unspeakable
gain. Her Mama
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
, suffers exceedingly. Every
neighbor that steps in, bears testimony - and ever
plaything & garment, which meets us at every
turn of the house, calls to mind the interest
of our child & the magnitude of our loss - But
Gods will be done. Tis ours to "be still".
Poor little Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
is now quite ill
with threatning symptoms of the same complaint-
Perhaps the next you hear from him, may
be from your doubly & now deeply affected Brother
B. J. Seward
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W. H. Seward
Auburn
N.Y.
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B. J. Seward
April 8th
1825