Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, May 11, 1837

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, May 11, 1837
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Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-05-11

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, May 11, 1837

action: sent

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

location: Chautauqua, NY

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: obm 

revision: tap 2017-03-24

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Chautauqua Land Office
May 11, 1837.
My dear Brother
Humphrey
Birth: 1814-03-15 Death: 1885-06-09
leaves us in the morning
and is the bearer of the Volume of Mortga-
ges - a little package of twelve Bonds - and
the statement. In regards to the latter
I will remark, that we have taken much
pains to have it correct. We waited for
a book from Steeles
Birth: 1805-12-16 Death: 1879-11-11
, till it was too late
to look elsewhere for another: nor has it
been possible to send you a perfect copy.
Making the statement prior to the day
of its date, has subjected it to a few
emendations, which mutilates it & gives
us some mortification. If you deem it
essential, and have opportunity, it may be
copied by someone in Albany or N. York.
We see few "settlers" - and are taking
little or no money. We have on hand
Chautauqua 240. Pittsburgh & Ohio 220
Eastern 80. Michigan & Canada 39
Erie 115 Monroe (Broken) 5
Safety F. 565 Buffaloe 00 85
Lumbermans 540 Change - (Safe) 29
1540 Goldl 106
1.540
2.024
Off change for use & Broken Bond bills 119
$ 1.905
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Bro't Over $1.905
Uncounted Cash recd to day say 95
Available funds on hand, $2000
There is to you agency a/c
at Jamestown 704.19
$2.704.19
Off your chk mentioned in
your letter 500
$2.204.19
Kibbes
Birth: 1767-03-04 Death: 1841-08-04Certainty: Possible
Note due June 3 ————————— 200.
J Whites
Birth: 1813 Death: 1876Certainty: Possible
Note " " 20 ————————— 511.63
M. Birdsall
Birth: 1774-11-28 Death: 1852-01-07
& co July 11 ———————————200._____
$3.115.82
J. Jackson
Certainty: Possible
50 - & some
small cash vouchers that
you will recollect — say ______________________100______
$3.215.82
No other cash transaction has occurred
of any size, since I wrote you except the
$200 with Birdsall & payment to Hoskin
Birth: 1799-10-16

in full $83.
Walter Smith
Birth: 1800-03-21 Death: 1874-09-21
has not returned.
I marvel that you did not receive
my five or six letters before you left
Albany. I write you today addressed
to Florida.
The unhappy & critical situation of
my family
x Birth: 1820-05-18  Death: 1889-05-08  Birth: 1828-10-07  Death: 1897-07-24  Birth: 1794-07-23  Death: 1839-10-28 
requires my attention. I
have in the morning, to furnish them
what relief I can. I hope this will
be agreeable to you. During my
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absence, I request Mr Bradley
Birth: 1808-01-19 Death: 1890-07-09
to report
the receipts of money to you twice every
week — directed for the present to the care
of Mr Rathbone
Birth: 1791-08-02 Death: 1845-05-13
, Albany.
My stay will be protracted an
hour beyond necessity - say four weeks
- and it will be my first object on my
return to remodel Mr Bradleys, depart-
ment - and my continued object to
push the business of the office
till the business now behind shall
be brought up & until the estate
is settled.
I am beginning, better to
understand my position & find
many reasons for wishing to see
you. I have some suggestions to
make relating to the course to be
pursued hereafter - & hope that it will
not be long until I shall see you
here with Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
& the boys
x Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11  Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25 
.
Your affectionate Brother
B. J. Seward
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Wm H. Seward Esq
Care J. L. Rathbone
Albany
Mr. Humphrey
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B. J Seward
May 11, 1837.
Unknown
B.J. Seward
May 11. 1837