Letter from Albert Haller Tracy to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1831

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Letter from Albert Haller Tracy to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1831
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Date:1831-09-19

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Letter from Albert Haller Tracy to William Henry Seward, September 19, 1831

action: sent

sender: Albert Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17  Death: 1859-09-12

location: Norwich

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

location: New York, NY

transcription: smc 

revision: smc 2017-11-19

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Norwich Ct. Sep 19. 1831
My dear friend
Yours of the 16th has just reached me and
does not leave time to address you at Albany in reply on the pre-
sumption of you being at Baltimore the 26th. I direct therefore
so as to intercept you at N. Y.– Since my last I have been
worse but am now better and hope to be able after a few
days to take the field again– That I shall be able to attend the
convention is now however out of the question and I must
add that if ^I^ were well the predicament in which your friend-
ship has placed me would render it inexpedient– I could
not under any circumstances act so as to justify a suspi-
cion of seeking a nomination. If it shall come without my
agency, well, but I assure you in the faithfulness of confiding
friendship that I am a stranger to my own heart if there lurks
within it a single aspiration after that or any other office un-
der Heaven– But I trust it will not detract from the sin-
cerity of this asseveration to add that nothing can be plainer
to my perception than that the selection of Mr Spencer
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
would
injure if not ruin the prospects of our cause in New York, and
this opinion I doubt not finds confirmation in the judgment
however little it may be in the action, of every leading antimason
in our state; If then it should be accomplished we must at-
tribute it to the unseen workings of a malign influence that [hole]
foredoomed our destruction– But I am not able to proceed– I
submit to the good sense and firmness, (if any there be) of our
friends, not only believing but knowing that I have nothing at
stake in the matter beyond a deep heartfelt interest in Anti-
masonry which nothing but death can eradicate–
After you reach Baltimore, address me at Albany
where I intend being before your return
In haste yours affectionately
Albert H Tracy
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
S. A. Foot
Birth: 1790-12-17 Death: 1878-05-11

19 Sept 1831