Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, February 1, 1832

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, February 1, 1832
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1832-02-01

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, February 1, 1832

action: sent

sender: Benjamin Seward
Birth: 1793-08-23  Death: 1841-02-24

location: Shawneetown, IL

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: cef 

revision: ekk 2015-09-17

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Shawneetown 1 Feb 1832
Dear Brother Henry
I wrote you a harty letter a few
days since from America, and am seated
at a lawyers table, writing with a silver pen
as you may observe, addressing you again.
In the apprehension that that letter may
have miscarried I write at this time to say
that I have I have compromised my diffi-
culties with Col Post
Birth: 1780-11-18 Death: 1846-03-14
on terms very satisfac-
tory to me, (provided it be in be in your
power to raise me the sum of six hundred
dollars.). He gives me up all my lia-
bilities to him, with proper assignments to you
for about Fifty thousand dollars, and he
furnishes me with about twelve hundred dol-
lars worth of land, with which I hope
to purchase my peace from other creditors
into the bargain, provided, I need it in
the settlement with them, if not I am
not to take it, and if I do he is not
to hold a scrape of a pen against me
for it, and still it is understood between
us that in the happening of any event
by which I am made able, while he is
rich poor, I am to pay him this sum
without interest. Poor Post is perfectly
poor as to present means, he relies
upon this six hundred dollars as a
capital to support him in trade. I
forget to mention that I have paid
him 40$, am to pay $60 in a
few months & $100 during summer
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Thus $800 buys me, all claims of his
& the assignment is to be made to you.
If you cannot go $600, do try & go $450
& I will sell all I have to make up
the residue, and I wish you if you please
to advance the whole, as soon as pos-
sible & take duplicate reciepts from
Alderman Woodruff
Birth: 1781 Death: 1855Certainty: Probable
^for use of Justus Post^ , Broad Way
New York, send one to me at
Hillsboro Montgomery Co Ill.
The river is running ice like
wildfire. I have but a mo-
ment, many are waiting, excuse
this wretched scroll, send me
the Antimasonic news.
Do not fail me, if you can
possibly avoid it & I will forever
call you as I ever did the
best of Brothers in trouble.
Yours as ever
B.J Seward

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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
Feb 1, 1832