Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, December 1, 1836

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, December 1, 1836
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Date:1836-12-01

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, December 1, 1836

action: sent

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

location: Cincinnati, OH

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: mah 

revision: crb 2015-10-14

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Cincinnati Dec 1. 1836
My dear Brother
I have long delayed the an-
swer of your letter, because I have
been continually in the belief that I
should in a very few days make ar-
rangements to set off to see you and
take an opportunity to answer it in
person. I have been meditating an
enterprize (official) in Cleveland & having
prepared the way, it only remained for
me to arrange matters here so that I
could leave them with safety, & go.
From Cleveland it seemed but a small
matter to slip over to your new office
& pay you a visit, & to do this, soon
has been my constant expectaition. But
I find myself a much more necessary
article here than I had supposed; I
have found myself it impossible to get
away.
Within three days I have been
sent for by my employers to proceed
to Phila and am now in a struggle
to get off in three days more. It
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is still my purpose to visit you. My
route will be from N.Y. via Albany, Auburn
Westfield & home. So that by a running
fire I can see Fanny
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
, the boys
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
, the Judge
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13

and yourself. You shall hear from me
again about it.
I have seen that you have been
in N.Y. & heard that you were in Phil
, and am glad. I have no late letter
from Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
, but hope to hear that you
found time to visit her. Her doctor
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05

stopped a night with us on his way to
Illinois & an hour on his way back.
He likes Illinois, but Cornelia will not
I think, consent to go. I do wish she
was somewhere in the world where she
might find society & enjoy friends
Well we give it up, but not in
despair. Genl Harrison
Birth: 1773-02-09 Death: 1841-04-04
has been greatly
honored, honored beyond his deserving.
And now if Congressmen will only do
what the country has done, leave little
Mattie
Birth: 1782-12-05 Death: 1862-07-24
in the minority, I will say
that the election has resulted most
happily. God send that it may
be so. I have had the pleasure
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of a couple of interviews with Mr Clay
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
&
find him having more courage than
I had expected. I like Clay & al-
ways did, notwithstanding he would not
go antimasonry.
Stone
Unknown
(of Rochester) is in Louisville
soaking, & shuffling, likely to get
through prety soon.
Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
is something better
in health than she was months
ago, but is still thin, weak &
pale. I have a thousand
anxieties about her, but I
know that she is in the hands of a
kind Heavenly Father. This she real-
izes, delightfully, and is calmer for
than I can be under our fears.
Perhaps a lesson of submission is necessary
for me, perhaps, oh I cannot write it!
It would seem to me that no man alive
would feel more broken up & ruined, in
the calamity hinted, at, than I should.
I pray to be delivered from the fear of it
& especially I pray to be submissive come
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what will.
Our family, otherwise, is remarkably
healthy. Give my kind regards to
sister F. & kiss the boys for all three for
Uncle
Your affectionate brother
B.J. Seward
Wm H. Seward Esq
Auburn
New York
Cincinnati. O.
Dec 1
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
B.J.Seward, Dec 1st
1836
Chicago