Letter from Mahlon Dickerson Canfield to William Henry Seward, November 21, 1831

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Letter from Mahlon Dickerson Canfield to William Henry Seward, November 21, 1831
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Date:1831-11-21

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Letter from Mahlon Dickerson Canfield to William Henry Seward, November 21, 1831

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sender: Mahlon Canfield
Birth: 1798-11-26  Death: 1865-01-05

location: Bargaintown, NJ

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: ekk 

revision: crb 2016-03-15

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Bargain Town 21st Nov 1831
My dear Henry
After having been separated from
my wife
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
& boy
Birth: 1829-12-04 Death: 1867-10-25
more than two months I had the
happiness to meet them on Sunday last about
midway between this place & Philad. I need not
tell you or rather attempt to tell you how happy
it made me to press them once more closely to
my heart.
This is one of those pure & holy delights
which none but a husband & parent can know
or appreciate, & which constitutes those happy
moments which well repay all the cares &
ills of life.
Cornelia has laid upon me a mere obligation
for I much doubt if she would have come back
for all this country & all that is in it saving &
accepting myself. Having seen better things
abroad she is rather out of humour with home
I do not at all wonder at this. I used to feel
so too. indeed I feel something of it yet – &
would not by any means object to exchanging this
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for a better & more pleasant one. But where can
I find it? C. says Auburn is the place. Now if
I were sure of that I would move immediately.
But I cannot think of risking much by in
any such attempt. The State of N York is full of
Physicians & in every town & village there is
a crushing opposition. I presume you have a
full show & that all have their friends.
Without encroaching further upon your time
I would submit a few questions the answers
to which (when your leisure will permit) will
chiefly govern me in deciding on the question
of going to Auburn.
What is the value of D Humphrey
Birth: 1785-05-17 Death: 1848-03-09
's practice, what
kind of physician & why does he go away? What is
the manner & treatment of ^your^ physicians towards
each other liberal and courteous or mean
& trickish? Do you hear any complaints of
their stealing each others patients?
What is the value of the house & lot occupied
by DH & the yearly rent? In what condition,
what outbuildings & how much ground attached,
What are the practices of your law relative to
Licensed practioners from other States? And lastly
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how does your militia system affect persons who
have held malicious offices in other States.
Here is a fine thing of interrogations truly. If I could
ever leave home I might come and see you & thus save
you the trouble of decyphering Hieroglyphics which is
if my eyes do not deceive me would puzzle
Champollion
Birth: 1790-12-23 Death: 1832-03-04
himself. However I have left a
hiatus of one page so there is some comfort in
that.
With affectionate regard
& respect I remain Yours
M.D. Canfield
W H. Seward Esq
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Free
M. D. Canfield
P.M.
W.H. Seward Esq.
Auburn
Cayuga Co
New York
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
M. D. Canfield
21 Nov. 1831