Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, April 28, 1837

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, April 28, 1837
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-04-28

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, April 28, 1837

action: sent

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

location: Auburn, NY

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

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: gew 

revision: crb 2015-10-22

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Auburn April 28th 1837.
My dear Jennings,
I have been somewhat disappointed in not
hearing from you since I left, but our mails are so irregular
that I am inclined to throw my censure upon the broad
shoulders of the Post Office department.
My eyes are, for the first, improving, to day, and afford
encouragement that I shall be able to go Eastward
on Tuesday or Wednesday next. I have had daily letters
from Rathbone
Birth: 1791-08-02 Death: 1845-05-13
, written in the most desponding
To be cast down; to be depressed or dejected in spirits • To lose all courage, spirit, or resolution •
tone, and
made constant expectation of having his note of $24,000
protested. He urges me to go to Albany without delay.
In the meantime all the money is pouring in a flood
into the banks and is there detained, and all con-
fidence is gone. The Banks refuse to loan $50 to their
best customers, and all stand trembling before the
storm which threatens to sweep them all by the
board. To add to my discomfort the mail has
failed us every day this week but one. There are
however reports which come by passengers which
give some hope of that the crisis is passed.
I have written to Rathbone advising what I think
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his best course, and I hope fearingly that his apprehen-
sions have proceeded from too great alarm.
I have a letter from our father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
complaining of great-
ly increased debility and urging my haste to Flori-
da
. I am settling my little affairs here with all
the industry I can, in order to leave early next
week. We are all in usual health.
Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
desires to be remembered in your letter
when you write to Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
.
I shall doubtless hear from you when I arrive
at Albany.
In haste
WH. Seward
I have seen Dr Humphreys
Birth: 1785-05-17 Death: 1848-03-09
, & Mr
Birth: 1800-03-21 Death: 1874-09-21
& Mrs Smith
Birth: 1807-07-19 Death: 1855-02-25
. Their
families are all well. I have not yet been able to
call on Mrs Bradley
Birth: 1811-01-11 Death: 1888-06-19
.
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Benjamin J. Seward Esq.
Chautauqua Land Office
Westfield.
AUBURN N.Y.
APR 28.
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Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
From W. H. Seward
Apl. 28 ‘37
Unknown
April 28, 1837