Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, June 11, 1827

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, June 11, 1827
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1827-06-11

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, June 11, 1827

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: ekk 

revision: crb 2016-02-02

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N.Y. 11 June 1827.
My Good Brother
I recd. a letter on Saturday
last from Father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
– the first intelligence
official, since he left us, of the returning
party, the wedding - or the wedding day.
I must confess however that it was
not so much in relation to these sub-
jects as another, that I was sorely
disappointed in not hearing from him
or you. The situation of my own affairs
just then occupied me most (you see
how selfish the world grows) – and I was
extremely anxious to learn from you
and from him the result of any con-
ference you may have had over my
sad case. The letter I have
discourages the idea of my going on
to St L., but if I can make out any-
thing of a temptation to the people there
to let me off, or even an assurance that
if I vacate my post here that I
shall be helped into another, I will
still think of going on.
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I think I shall not be able to show to
father that good reasons exist for going
on if I succeed in satisfying myself.
- What said he? – will he do anything
toward helping me to buy my peace – will
he leave me and his property ultimately
at the mercy of these fellows – will he
aid me if I go out & bring myself
back out of business? I am more
solicitous that he should protect me
than relieve me at present – perhaps
it is because I fear so much that
he will not do nothing to prevent
his property from falling into their
hands. Suppose you write him &
say whatever seems proper to bring
his mind to this subject, & to effect
this very desirable object. I am sorry
to trouble you, but it appears to me
toso great an object to have you bring
this matter about that I hope you
will excuse me.
Well, are you safe at home. I had
hoped that if you concluded to take
the madam
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
& all home, that you would
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drop down from Newburgh & finish your
visit with us. How did Frances & little
Austus
Birth: 1826-10-01 Death: 1876-09-11
stand the ride home – How did
Aunt Clary
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05
like Orange. New York she
said she loved because she saw such
prety nice new milk pails in it.
Tell Washington
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
I owe him two
letters, his pamphlet came safe to
hand, he has my thanks. I was
glad to get it. Have you written to
Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
– what did you
say - & what said she
to you – Poor girl – she
keeps writing to every body that she
is very happy – the country is very
lovely – the society very good &c&c – I
fear that it is a painful struggle
to her to look so deep as is necessary
to see all these interesting circumstan-
ces in her present situation.
Write me soon as convenient and
as much at length as you can afford
Your affectionate Brother
B J Seward
My best Regards to all.
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Wm H Seward Esq
Auburn
N.Y.
NEW YORK JUN 11
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
B.J. Seward
June 11
1827