Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 27, 1837

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 27, 1837
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-03-27

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 27, 1837

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: Westfield, NY

transcription: msr 

revision: tap 2017-02-17

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Cincinnati March 27.
My dear Brother
On leaving you, I concluded
to apprize my employers at once of my
determination ^to resign my office^ and addressed a letter to
the Sec
Unknown
from Erie
Unknown
.
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Editorial Note

Either Erie, PA or Erie County, NY.
My conclusion was
to allow the public effect I was engaged
in, in Auburn (about the first days of March)
to be considered the end of my services-&
to make my arrangements for getting away
from here, without serious injury to the
interests heretofore entrusted to me, so as
to join you by the first days of April.
This I hope still to do.
I am happy to say that in sub-
mitting, with all frankness my objects
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and motives, in this proceeding to those
of my friends, with whom I usually con-
sult in personal matters, I am sustained
in the propriety of my cause by their
deliberate judgment, placed upon record.
Still in turning away from ^a^
service in which I have certainly
spent months and years of pleasing
employment,—and in uprooting plans
which it is not possible for a stranger
unacquainted with them to carry
forward in my stead, I find occas-
sion not only for regret, but for
a thousand fears whether I have
done right. But the fact is
just so, that I have done it.
part for Marcias
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
sake-& then for
yours-& then for others as well as
myself. I hope God approves
the motives by which I have been
actuated: to Him & to you I am ex-
ceedingly thankful for what appears
be a great blessing in prospect for
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my poor affected wife- the opportunity
of enjoying exercise & air. For most
of the winter she has been unable to
lift a chair although she has
been but little of the time bed ridden
-she walks up & down stairs now
with difficulty-but helpless to be better
-the idea of having sister
Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
with her seven
months at Westfield-and
[hole] dear Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
also
[hole] bly Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
, seems
to invigorate her & inspire
her with new life & strength.
You may expect me
in a week- & with me I will
bring some little books of maternal
instruction for Frances to use with
her children.
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
Send our loves to
her warm & tender.
Your grateful Brother
B.J. Seward.
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Wm. H. Seward Esq
Westfield
Chautauqua Co
New York
Single
CINCINNATI
MAR
27
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Stamp

Type: postmark

Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
March 27. 1837