Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, October 16, 1834

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, October 16, 1834
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1834-10-16

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, October 16, 1834

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

location: Troy, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mah 

revision: ekk 2015-10-15

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Troy 16 Oct. 1834
My dear Brother
You tell me that our
Western friends Mr.
Birth: 1783-07-12 Death: 1852-01-27Certainty: Probable
& Mrs Brown
Birth: 1785 Death: 1870Certainty: Probable

have been with you: I am
glad. I doubt not you were
pleased. And you ask
me about Pollydore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
.
He found a place some
two weeks since in Newburgh
where a man was wanted to
keep a stable for a small
tavern, & engaged to supply
it. I heard of when in
F. & endeavoured to dissuade
him from it, but found him
not in a situation to be
reasoned with & I did not
succeed. He left on Sun[ - ]
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I Find has gone west from A. I suppose
you have seen him. All is well
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day. I followed him in
the dead hours of the night
& on Monday morning. Find’g
him determined not to return
obtained from him an assignment
to his father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
, of all his prop-
erty for the benefit, first of
his wife & creditors & then
of his family: I left him
a few days after, when on
my return home. I saw in
his new vocation, endeavo-
ured to take him home
with me. he utterly declined
but ^he^ fully followed me soon
after. In the city he soon
got in with an Omnibus
driver & hired himself to
him. he eluded me. I sought
him at all hours but
could not find him. he drove
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team two or three trips & was discharged
, robbed of his money, disgraced, wet,
muddied, led about among the stable
boys in an upper ward, exhibbeted as
a brother of the Governor. The jeer, scoff
but & ridicule of a mad Jackson mob:
my heart sickens at the recital & I
felt as if I could kick the Jessup?
that told me. I cannot find
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he slept that awful night.
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ning following he rode home
& at present is at work with
his father at days work. It was
my wish to get him over to Massachu-
setts
out of the reach of rum, but
know not that it will do of
any avail. he is debased, I say
what I mean, he is debased beyond
anything I could conjecture.
Your Hurried brother
B.J. Seward
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Hon. Wm H. Seward
Auburn
New York
Troy
Oct
16
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William Seward

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