Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, October 23, 1837

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, October 23, 1837
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Date:1837-10-23

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, October 23, 1837

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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: kac 

revision: crb 2015-11-09

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Auburn October 23d.1837
My dear Jennings,
I have to make my acknowledgments for you[ r ]
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full
and satisfactory letter of the 19th. and for your kindness in sending
the newspapers which accompanied it.
I went with Judge Miller
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
on Sunday the 15th. to Elmira to
attend as a delegate from Chautauqua county the New York
and Erie railroad Convention. I was obliged to spend the
week before that time in preparing papers for the convention
and all the time since in revising them for publication.
They will be published in a few days and I will take
with me or send to Chautauqua if earlier opportunity
offer some number of copies. Should my long absence
excite surprise or complaint please refer to this occu-
pation as it is a labor in which the good people of
Chautauqua are deeply interested.
I send by Mr. Cary
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
the copies of my address on Edu-
cation. I wish when they come to hand you would deliver
them to Austin Smith Esq
Birth: 1804-03-16 Death: 1904-10-24
for distribution, except a few
copies you may retain, one of which to be sent to each
newspaper in the county, and the others to be delivered
to our friends or those who ought to be so.
I am compelled in some sort to remain here until
after the election. A conspiracy raised its head here in
the Senatorial Convention, taking encouragement from
my absence, to eject me from the political concerns
of this region on the ground of my change of residence and
indifference to the ^local^ interests of the party. It has been well
rebuked, but must not have the occasion for reviving
which my absence from the polls would give. I shall
leave here as soon as I shall have put in my vote on
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the first day. Notwithstanding this arrangement however
I shall go to Chautauqua whenever and as much earlier
as you shall think my presence required there.
The American Trust Co. prefer that these funds and
mortgages shall be at ten years instead of five, and
it is a clear gain to us if we can collect semi annu-
al interest instead of annual. The principal is less
important. We lose all the depreciation of uncurrent
paper, and bear all the hazard. The Holland Company
and the American Trust Co. lose nothing and hazard nothing.
To make a clear full case of manifest right so as to dis-
arm the people generally and the friends of the Lumbermans
Bank in particular of all good ground of complaint seems
to be most important, and it was with that view that
I adopted the course suggested in my former letters. I think
you misestimate the amount of uncurrent money
which will be thrown upon our hands. The truth is People
having much money can always do better with it than
we can in the way I have proposed—but they would nev-
er be satisfied if in such woful times we rejected it
altogether.
I hope to bring my settlement of the Eastern matter
to a close within a few days.
All are well here. I have no news from Florida.
Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
joins in love to Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
and Mrs. Thompson
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and
all the family. I congratulate you upon having secured
Mrs. Deaton's
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society and her usefulness to the people.
Faithfully yours d always,
W.H. Seward
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Benjamin J. Seward Esq.
Land Office
Westfield,
Chautauqua Co.
AUBURN N.Y.
OCTOBER
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Benjamin Seward

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