Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, February 26, 1834

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, February 26, 1834
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1834-02-26

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, February 26, 1834

action: sent

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

location: New London, CT

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: gew 

revision: ekk 2015-10-07

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New London 26 Feb. 1834
My dear Brother,
I owe you a letter these two
or three weeks & having a half hour
to spare, will address you from this
delightful city. This will help to
tell you that I have taken up the
business of rambling again & expect to
push about all over New England
& to be away from home more than
half the time this summer.
This is a charming place –
with a soil but three quarters of an
inch thick & that half covered with
ever enduring granite, it is still so
handsomely moulded up into hills
& dales – lies so delightfully along
the sound – the region is so pleas-
antly fringed with inlets & strands
and with all, there is such an
industry & sobriety in the people
that I am altogether delighted with
New London; I mean to bring my
good lady
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
here some time this summer
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suppose I do so in the spring & bring
my dear Sister Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
along - will
you give consent.
This is the most comfortable
& pleasant military post I have
ever seen. The surgeon
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of the garrison
and his family
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are old & intimate
friends of me & mine, such a meeting
as we had today! It was worth
two hundred dollars - at least in
easy & cheerful times[ . ]
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Reason: 

Harry Seward
Birth: 1793-04-15 Death: 1871-08-27
was a few days
since in N.Y. & so spoke of your note
of $200 as to induce me to believe
that he expects me to pay him the
difference of exchange between N.Y. &
Auburn – & when I mentioned that
you would be down this spring he
said he would defer sending. He
has had the note a long time
& I really do not know when it
is due. Wakeman – has been a
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kind of brother to me of late – lent
me money & backed my paper
when I have had accommodations
from others – he will have a like
claim in you that I think is due
about the first of April. I am
concerned, really, for fear in these
perilous Jackson
Birth: 1767-03-15 Death: 1845-06-08
times that Grover
Birth: 1775-05-10 Death: 1859-11-22

& Gunn
Birth: 1801 Death: 1849
will scarcely leave you room
to meet these things with
convenience – do write me
& if it is not perfectly
agreeable I will try to prevent this
burthen
Burden •
from falling on you.
Old Father Dwight
Birth: 1764-12-15 Death: 1846-06-12
says the Safety
fund Banks are likely to blow up (He
I mean of the Daily Advertiser) do tell
me what you think – is there any
such riddance of the country of the
"little deceiver." Mr Dwight paid your
speech a high compliment without
knowing me. If the Regency cut
their own throatshese one thinks the senatorial trio
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xsenatorial trio
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of N.Y. will occupy & very enviable &
advanced position. God send it may be
so. Do write me oftener. my love to
sister – oh there are some delightful fam-
ilies here – what think you of Cox
Birth: 1793 Death: 1853
's letters.
Three sprightly
A spirit; a shade; a soul; an incorporeal agent • A walking spirit; an apparition • Power which gives cheerfulness or courage • An arrow • To haunt •
young ladies
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A spirit; a shade; a soul; an incorporeal agent • A walking spirit; an apparition • Power which gives cheerfulness or courage • An arrow • To haunt •
young ladies
xThree sprightly
A spirit; a shade; a soul; an incorporeal agent • A walking spirit; an apparition • Power which gives cheerfulness or courage • An arrow • To haunt •
young ladies
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are in the
room with me & a young gentleman
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that
came up with me as aid to my object
all talking at once – this will account
for any [ nots ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: knots
in this long yarn[ . ]
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Reason: 

B.J. Seward
Hon. Wm H Seward
Now in
Albany
N.Y.
NEW LONDON
CT
FEB 27
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
21 Feb 1834.