Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, June 19, 1837

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, June 19, 1837
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1837-06-19

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, June 19, 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: mah 

revision: crb 2015-11-02

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Auburn June 19th.
My dear Jennings,
It is with the greatest satisfaction that I am at length
hailing once more from my much loved home. I arrived yesterday
about 3 O.Clock, found all my family
x Birth: 1830-07-08  Death: 1915-04-25  Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11 
well and Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
espe=
cially improved in health. I found also our parents
x Birth: 1769-11-27  Death: 1844-12-11  Birth: 1768-12-05  Death: 1849-08-24 
here
impatiently awaiting my return. Father had continued to
improve in strength until Wednesday last, when he took a
cold and has been very feeble and sick ever since. He has
been bled today, and as so often happens suddenly to him
seems tonight vastly better.
He is desirous to go with mother to Chautauque imme=
diately. I am very solicitous that they should go there
much on my own account but more on your and Mar-
cias
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
. But after my long pilgrimage I am quite un-
willing to leave home forthwith, and my little
affairs can scarcely suffer it. I at the same time
feel quite unwilling that he shall travel alone. If
it is needful that I go to secure you a visit from
them I shall not hesitate to do so. My little family
have been expecting to go on my return but I can scarce-
ly think of taking them and Lazette
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and her daughter
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24

all at once with our parents. And yet I see no
other way, and Nicholas
Birth: 1801-12-24 Death: 1893
too I suppose must go to
be with his family
x Birth: 1830  Death:   Birth:   Death: 1888-08-20 
. Now just at this moment I
am not prepared to straighten all this, but I will
study it all out in a few days, and you will see
more or less of us or know the reason why without
delay.
Page 2

For three weeks I was constantly expecting to return home
and therefore directed no letters to be sent to me. Two of
Frances’ containing the substance of some of yours were
ordered from Goshen back on the same ground. To that
I have had in all this long going only the two
letters you sent to me at Albany. I had become
very solicitous about the office. I have today read
your numerous letters from April 30th to 7 June, and
thank you for them all.
It is enough that all is well.
Not knowing whether my letters would fall into
your hands Or Others I have not spoken explicitly
about our affairs east.
The loan is effected, the details to be completed at
a future day but in time. How, I will explain in my
next letter if I write again before leaving home.
All is right. You may be as liberal as you think best
therefore in taking mortgages. I have a great deal to
say to you but am not yet sufficiently composed to
write.
I rejoice and so do all around me to hear that
Marcias health is improved and that she looks
with satisfaction upon her new home. We shall
have great pleasure in comparing notes with her.
Affectionat[ e ]
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ly
W.H.S.
You will do well to write me until I give notice of
a fixed time to take leave. Commend me to all my
friends, not forgetting Mr Hughes
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Page 3

Benjamin J. Seward Esq.
Chautauque Land Office
Westfield.
Auburn N.Y.
Jun 21
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Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
June 19. 1837