Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, February 3, 1831

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, February 3, 1831
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1831-02-03

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Frances Miller Seward, February 3, 1831

action: sent

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

location: Albany, NY

receiver: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: lbk 

revision: dxt 2015-09-21

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Anna Seward

Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02
Thursday Feb 3rd
We held a caucus the other night for
the purpose of nominating a U.S. Senator
to be supported by the Anti masonic
A man whose occupation is to lay bricks and stones • A member of the fraternity of the free masons •
members
which exhibited the pecularities of all our
great men. Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
always forward and
assuming had promised John Woodworth
Birth: 1768-11-12 Death: 1858-06-01

the nomination. Maynard
Birth: 1786-11-11 Death: 1832-08-28
ever cautious
and scheming had a great anxiety for
Albert Gallatin's
Birth: 1761-01-29 Death: 1849-08-12
nomination. Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
was
opposed to Spencers course for many reasons,
probably the principal one was that he
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did not care to let him take upon him-
self too much of the management of the
party. Hopkins
Birth: 1772-05-09 Death: 1837-03-09
, who with a great deal
of talent and learning has the unaffected
simplicity and ingeniousness of a child
went to the meeting by request of Maynard
to speak in favor of Gallatin. From a
sense of what course was best for the
party, I was opposed to all the above
mentioned candidates and of course fell
in with Tracy to support some third
man, and we agreed upon James Wads-
worth
Birth: 1768-04-20 Death: 1844-07-07
. Maynard made his speech in
favor of Gallatin. Spencer made his in
favor of Woodworth. Hopkins spoke in
favor of Gallatin. Someone nominated
Tracy, and some other one nominated
Hopkins. I persevered in my course.
Hopkins convinced by my argument against
his own voted for Wadsworth and after
having successfully carried my point I
had the mortification to see Tracy and
Hopkins defeat their own ^and my^ preference for
Wadsworth by consenting themselves to be
candidates. The consequence was we all
had to give up, and then take Mr Works
Birth: 1781 Death: 1868-01-02

name upon which all agreed.
I laughed heartily with ^at^ Tracy the next
time I saw him.