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

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, May 27, 1837
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Date:1837-05-27

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

action: sent

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

location: Albany, NY

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

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: kac 

revision: crb 2015-10-23

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Albany May 27th.
My Dear Jennings
I have been less careful to write to you
because I learned that you had gone to Cincinnati for your
family. Presuming that you found them in their usual health and
that they and you are pleasantly located at Westfield I avail
myself of a vacant hour to say that I am to be detained here
two or three days longer. Tomorrow my associates will arrive
On Monday we shall endeavour to arrange our business so
that I can leave for Auburn. I made a rapid visit to Cor-
nelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
whom I found with her family in health and comfort.
She received a letter from Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
while I was there.
On my return to New York I found our father
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
and mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11

waiting my arrival. His strength was considerably re-
newed. They came on to this city with me and after spend-
ing the day, yesterday, this morning returned with Judge
Miller
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
to Auburn. They intend to go to Westfield and
if his strength continues sufficient to make their long
contemplated visit to Illinois.
I hope to join them at Auburn in two or three days.
The way is opened with auspicious projects for a nego-
tiation with the Holland Company to close our concerns
as originally proposed and as you know. I am to go to
New York in June to proceed with the negotiation. Now
all this depends upon the "statement" having been completed
and forwarded, of which I am without advice.
If it has been sent it is well, and I shall have it tomorow
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If not it should be sent to Auburn as early as possible.
I shall wait there for an early answer to this letter and
I hope you will be able to tell me whether it is important
that I should go to Chautauqua earlier than July. As I
wish if possible to go to New York and bring to some
shape the effort to arrange matters before alluded to.
The panic and pressure having reached its crisis
in New York seems to be carrying no less than its full
measure of terror through the country. I find it of all
places the most uncomfortable here and heartily wish
myself again in Chautauqua.
I write under the excitement of the day and
the scenes around me and I scarcely can write at all.
I shall come to some repose at Auburn and will write
more at large there.
Ever yours
W. H. Seward
B. J. Seward Esq.
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Benj. J. Seward Esq.
Chautauqua Land Office
Westfield
ALBANY
MAY
25
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Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
May 27, 1837