Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 19, 1825

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 19, 1825
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Date:1825-04-19

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 19, 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: jjm 

revision: crb 2016-04-19

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New York 19. Apl. 1825
Dear Brother
Yours of the 14th has this mo-
ment been received- most sincerely do I enter
into all your apprehension for the safety of
your dear Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
- Do take every measure to
restore her health- and I know, perfectly well
I need not say so, for I am sure you will -
I have a great idea of seeking relief for the
complaints of the ^bodily^ system, by applying remedies
to the mind- So great indeed are the sym-
pathies of the corporeal and the mental system
that neither suffers that the other does not
feel- I have so often seen the beneficial
effects resulting from a visit to friends or
a change of air & scenery &c that I am
sure you judge correctly when you think it
best to take a little jaunt with your love -
Would it be too far to bring her here - we
should be dilighed to see her if her strength is
sufficient to enable her to come -

[left Margin] I shall not read this to my dear Marcia as my usual custom is -
nor shall I show her yours- every such occurance is but too well

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I shall go tomorrow morning & tell Colt that
agreeably to an intimation from me that he
had given encouragement to pay the 15 April
you will draw on me for that amount -
& if possible get the money- & if Muir
Birth: 1790 Death: 1868-02-17

presents the [ dft ]
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. I shall inform him of
this letter & give him a memorandum (open)
to you- I shall not accept the dft unless
he tells me he was to use it for you
or was had made his calculations to use
if for himself- in which case I will
go out & borrow the money - I am not
now where I can convenently have
a little money when & as long as
I please as formerly-
Our little Augustus
Birth: 1820-05-18 Death: 1889-05-08
is recovering -
If this afternoon proves fine, he will
ride out for the first- Very unexpectedly
Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
& Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
came down yesterday week -
the day after )- the funeral of our

[left Margin] caulculated to open afresh the wounds which sap their very very life blood
from her heart,- How is Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
- How is "Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
- Oh how

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dearly beloved & much lamented Aurelia
Birth: 1821 Death: 1825-04-08
-
they stayed but one day & set off the
following morning & reached home at 8
in the evening - they are to be down soon
again
My new business is working me to
death - I am obliged to be occupied devote
12 hours every day to my business - and
this added to my fatigue of nursing at night.
wears me down- Super added
to this with the recent
affliction, my dear Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28

is in very delicate health- she grievs for
her little one, I fear immoderately- nor
can she be induced to leave her home or
to take the air - But yesterday and a day
of sunshine & prosperity seemed to be dawning
upon my withering hopes & now alas how
how ^is^ it succeeeded by a day of mourning & darkness.
My child is gone - but it increases my interest in the
world to come - My prayer to God is that I
shall be enabled to sustain His affli ective Providence
without murmuring

[left Margin] I wish I could get out to see you - my very warmest love
Sister Frances, Sister L & Aunt C.
B. J. S

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Why do you write so short- or rather why have you
not written before- we have been exceedingly anxious to
hear from F.
Birth: 1787-08-14 Death: 1855-08-16
- and had not forgotten that we had never
heard of her recovery- Pray and let it not be so long
again till we hear from you- Our interest in you
and your dear family increases every day - our anxiety
to hear from you when we anxiously hope they may be near-
ing, we cannot describe, but you can in some measure
relieve - do write soon - & believe me as ever the same
devoted affectionate friend & brother
B
Wm. Henry Seward Esq
Auburn
New York
New-York Apr 20
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
April 18
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