Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, September 6, 1837

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, September 6, 1837
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Date:1837-09-06

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, September 6, 1837

action: sent

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

location: Westfield, NY

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

location: Auburn, NY

transcription: kac 

revision: dxt 2015-11-03

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Chautauqua Land Office
Westfield. Sept. 6. 1837
William H. Seward Esq.
Dear Brother
I have your favour of
the 2d inst. Thanks for the pleasing
details it contains of your rides, calls
little visits & pleasures during you jour-
ney and your happiness on your safe
arrival at home. I do not doubt that
a retreat to the bosom of your own little
family from the bustle of business, must
be very pleasant to you. But you do not
tell us where you left Mrs. Worden
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
.
I am glad you mentioned the matter
relating to Oliver Lee
Birth: 1791-12-23 Death: 1846-07-28
& the Miner Mill.
He mentioned his purpose of examining it
next week & asked me to accompany him
to all which I could only look wise & hide
my ignorance, not knowing what was
meant. There came three days ago
a man & son from Seneca to the office
who had conditionally agreed with the
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to give $1,800 for the mill site
& five acres together with all the land

[left Margin] We are rather full of business. Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
is mending. Thank
you.
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overflowed under contract to them. But all
was upon condition that other lands could
be had from us. The hint you gave
me about Morse
Birth: 1810 Death: 1881
determined me to do nothing
although I did not find it necessary to deny
to these applicants any of the terms that are
understood to be usual in the office. Our
young men are informed by Lewis
Birth: 1801-08-07 Death: 1879-10-12Certainty: Probable
the those
hostile to the creation of a mill are desirous
of obtaining frurther liens upon the land from
their office with a view to hinder it—and
they are instructed to renew no contract &
make no sale to anyone to ^the^ lands in
question. I was gratified to hear this
man, who seemed a sensible & practical
man, speak so unconvincingly about their
property—he says the dam never need
be so high as it has been by one or
two feet: & that the pond may therefore
be less objectionable than heretofore.
I am gratified to hear you speak so
favourably of the situation of Lehem
Unknown
. He
is a good fellow—it is a pleasure to
work for him.
Your statement & letter was sent to
Mr. Vanderkemp
Birth: 1783-04-22 Death: 1855-12-04
, the very day you left.
copies of both are herewith. I am all
anxiety to learn how this negotiation is
to [ evntuate ]
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Alternate Text

Alternate Text: eventuate
. Pray keep me advised.

[left Margin] I regret that I should have omitted to mention in my former letter
the sending of your statement to Vanderkemp. I ought to have done it.
Unknown
Copies are retained by Judge Miller
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
on account of postage.
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Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
The mortgage
The charging of property by a debtor to a creditor as security for a debt, on the condition that it shall be returned on the payment of the debt within a certain period • Convey property to a creditor as security on a loan •
men are coming in one after another
all Mullet's
Birth: 1784-10-17 Death: 1858-09-10
men have settled—& some others. Usually
they beg off by giving a note: & paying off costs to Atty
Unknown
:
I am now going over to see how many more
delinquincies there may be among mortgagors—but
believe there will not be many to add. I will send
whatever new cases may be discovered, away, as here-
tofore. —The few remaining unsettled cases in
Ripley have been adjusted either by of
occupants or reversions & notices given.
In Gerry, which you recollect was a
country, we find a number of shiftless fellows upon
plundered lands who refuse to pay up un-
less the price is reduced.—That it so turns
out that the old articles were made by
men who have grown rich by their illgotten
gain and now suppose themselves exhausted
by selling the old article for a trifle & deserting
the land—and we have been hunting up these cases
and shall be able to find responsible men for a
number of them. These we propose to put in train
for collection as soon as the mortgage
The charging of property by a debtor to a creditor as security for a debt, on the condition that it shall be returned on the payment of the debt within a certain period • Convey property to a creditor as security on a loan •
cases are
all looked into.
Mr. James
Unknown
he that you directed Tucker
Birth: 1805-10-05 Death: 1874-04-25
to issue fine
a supreme writ against, is here—says he gave up his
old article to Peacock
Birth: 1780-02-22 Death: 1877-02-21
, six years ago persuant
In accordance with a law, legal document, or resolution • following; going in pursuit •
to his
advertisement—has not considered the land his since
that time—has had nothing to do with it. He goes
home to get affidavits from three of his neighbors to show
that he gave up the article & Peacock agreed to recover
back the land—& he proposes to get a strong letter
from Peacock also to Van Hall
Birth: 1799-12-23
, —what shall I do
in the case?
I am getting very uneasy about our Lumberman
money (about $3,500)—of which we are every day near-
ing a little. I went up yesterday to see Tucker about
it but he was absent. I do not hear from Falconer
Birth: 1780-12-22 Death: 1851-10-20

and I know not what to do about continuing to
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recieve. Your letter of Sept. 3—meets me this moment.
—I was just about to say that I should not re-
cieve Lumberman—& that I should proceed to Warren
without delay—your letter determines me. If I have
any power in negotiation, I as sometimes I have sup
posed I have it shall be put in requisition. The
whole thing has occasioned me a good deal of
uneasiness. I must see what Patchin
Birth: 1805-05-17 Death: 1892-05-17Certainty: Probable
will do
about taking Michigan & other foreign papers—&
make up a judgment how far it will be safe
to pursue the present liberal policy of the office
in regard to the description of money we receive[ d ]
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Supplied

Reason: 
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The Bank of Ba Geneva, Evans
Birth: 1788-03-19 Death: 1850-05-17Certainty: Probable
says refused your
chk for 3853$—he sends to me for something els which
I will send him.—Thanks for the good news of your
letter from Weed
Birth: 1797-11-15 Death: 1882-11-22
. Your grateful Brother B. J. Seward
W. H. Seward Esq
Albany
AUBURN, NY
SEP
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Stamp

Type: postmark
Unknown
At American Hotel
Philadelphia
Penna
Hand Shiftx

Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
B. J. Seward
Sept 6, 1837
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B. J. Seward
B. J. Seward
Sept 6, 1837