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

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, October 6, 1837
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Date:1837-10-06

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, October 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: mah 

revision: ekk 2015-11-24

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Chautauqua Land Office
Westfield Oct 6. 1837.
My dear Henry
Gen Farnsworth
Birth: 1775-07-16 Death: 1855-09-26
has called
on me, with a wish for the settlement
of affairs between you and him. He states
that he is able to shew the continued
recognition of his contract by Peacock
Birth: 1780-02-22 Death: 1877-02-21

after it had run out. & that under it he
had erected a building at Peacocks re-
quest. That on the receipt of Mr. Careys
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20

Circular, recognizing old contracts
he came forward & tendered to Haight
Birth: 1799-11-28 Death: 1866-02-23
.
The principal & interest due under
his contract, who refused the tender
but said he was entitled to a deed.
He further says that he has
been informed that you entertain the
belief that he has been solicitous for
a suit & ^is^ willing to give you trouble.
- against which he protests & affirms
that there is not one word of truth in
the report.

[right Margin] Lewis
Birth: 1801-08-07 Death: 1879-10-12
goes into Stockton next.

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He seems rather anxious to adjust the affair
with me, but on account of the peculiar
interests connected with it, I decline to do
it. He remarked that he had asked of
Mr. Dickson
Birth: 1787-07-23 Death: 1875-04-19Certainty: Probable
what the costs would be up
to the present time, & recieved for reply
“about $70”. This he would expect of
course to pay, and to pay up, prin-
cipal & interest on the contract. &
I doubt not be glad to quit so.
But there has been given him such
strong confidence in the success of his
claim & so much progress has since
been made in it that I doubt whether
he would do more, and since
the necessity of effecting the public mind
has passed away, and your affairs are
found in an easy & favourable position
& especially as you have written two
or three times of late, taking sides with
settlers & extending to them additional
indulgence, I have supposed it more
than probable that you would write the
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old gentleman a kind letter & let him
off on favourable terms. He expects me
to write and begs an early answer.
Capt. Chancy
Birth: 1772 Death: 1840Certainty: Probable
has been in with three
old contracts, and three to stand
between us and him. I gave an article
for one till 1 Jan. which is to be decided
& Deed B. &M. made, when $75 &
inst is paid. The others, renewed
by Deed B &M in the usual way
on an understanding that we will
re[ ceive ]
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Reason: wax-seal
payment in april instead
of Jan'y. The business was con-
ducted with perfect decorum & apparent
satisfaction on all sides. The pride
of consistency, however induces the Capt
to persist on his resolution not to trust
himself under a 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 •
to the Land Office
, and after ^all^ the distrust which the Capt &
his coadjuters professed to feel, it is per-
fectly apparent, that they entertain the
fullest confidence in the justice & mag-
nanimity of the office.
I have been thinking every week
that I would slip off to Batavia the next

[left Margin] Chancy takes a B.&M. on the top of ours for the mill property which he
sells, his interests are now all adjusted with the office.

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and leave returns & obtain papers & get
information, & return by Buffaloe to attend
to a few matters there; but I have been so
full of business I have not made it out yet
& see little prospect of doing it next week
only that the season is advancing & necessi-
ty presses it upon me. If I can I will
go on Monday.
Your statement of a/c with the Batavia
office will go with the present or the fol-
lowing mail.
Your grateful Brother
B.J.S.
B.J. Seward
Oct 6. 1837.
W.H. Seward Esq
Auburn
N.Y.
Westfield N.Y.
OCT 7
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10Certainty: Probable
B.J Seward
Oct 7. 1837