Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, November 18, 1837

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Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, November 18, 1837



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Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, November 18, 1837

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sender: Samuel Seward
Birth: 1768-12-05  Death: 1849-08-24

location: Florida, NY

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

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: crb 

revision: crb 2015-11-09

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Florida 18th Nov 1837
My dear Wm Henry
As years rool on and severe attacks of indisposition
occur I find a stronger aversion to writing.
But the spell is broken, the skales falling
from the eyes of our deluded citizens, the
people of the Empire state are again free.
And who would not rejoice to rain over a
feeble pen on such an occasion. With the
state Old Orange is redeemed our senator vote
stood (as you will have seen before this L. 3914. T. 2945- assembly
6126-2912- Our Citizens had yesterday (17) a proud day in
Goshen, feeble as I was by the assistance of Old friends I took my
Seat in the Court Room and participated with them.
The Whig Republican Hotels were full to overflowing by 12 0.C.
but eating and drinking was not the primary object.
A hasty dinner was taken the notes of this Old stone castle
bell never sounded so surely - The only lamentation was
that not over half could get into the court room.
The meeting was called to order by H.G. Wisner
Birth: 1777 Death: 1842-02-20
Esq. Chr of the
Comt of Arangements. JWWikin
Birth: 1762 Death: 1845
called to chair James
Birth: 1799
John J Garrison
J. Wheeler
N Dubois
Birth: 1773-11-18 Death: 1848-05-10
GN Phillips
Birth: 1802-12-18 Death: 1864-07-15
Col Westfall
Vice Pres Nevels & Parsons
Clks. It being announced
that HAL
. our worthy senator
Birth: 1795-05-24 Death: 1847-08-27
was present he was called on,
by an undivided bust. He was followed by Mr Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
man from Ulster Hon J. Finch
Birth: 1768-07-25 Death: 1843-12-07
I. R. Van Duser
Birth: 1802-05-08 Death: 1841-11-27
Ogden Hoffman
Birth: 1793-05-03 Death: 1856-05-01
. The object of the speakers was
to depict to the meeting in short sentences the
perfidy & fraud of the the Adm. The Sufferings
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of the people under it. The Iron yoak by
which they hid their partisan adherents.
And the wonderfull change wrought for
the enslaved Framers of these United States
Their remark[ s ]


were pithy and pungent
and were received with the roar of Canon
the most vehement shouts of Joy excla-
mations cheering heersaing and bursts
of congratulations ever witnessed in Old
Orange. I might add HGW opened & Closed the
meeting with many sound remarks,
read a speech of Mr Flitcher
Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1869-06-21
of Boston
commented on it and argued himself
much better than in any other public
meeting I have ever heard him. One
accident I must mention - The Inspectors of the
Town of Monroe returned the number of votes cast for
Edward L. Welling
& AS Bunton
neglected to say for what offense
they were supported. The Co board of Canvasers found
without Monroe Vail
Birth: 1771 Death: 1851-10-14
had the Majority. They kept this dark
and returned Vail as having the greatest No of votes & Elected
The Whole No of Votes given in the Co for Benton was 3029 Ditto
for Vail was 2993 giving B. a clear Majority of 36 votes but
the Whigs disavowed the error in Monroe rectified it
call on the board asked an amendment but the Regency
refuse to amend.
Your letter acknowledging the receipt of H Tolhemus

check and stating the health and good wishes of all
the family at Auburn has been gratefully received
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Five weeks ago I was suddenly awaked with the most
invetirate cold I ever had. With a high inflamitory fever
constant disposition to cough my organs of respiration
were so straitened and full that I thought I must sufficate
But by the interposition of a kind Providence I am more
comfortable, still having been redused much lower than you
ever saw me I am but just able to walk. I have got our
Old Vehical fitted up as tight as a drum, the horses gentle
and in good condition, a carefull driver and we are
riding out every fair day. Mamas
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
health is quite good
her hand has improved very much but the skin is so tight
and tender that she can use it but little and the misfortune
is she will try to do to much fabriques herself and makes
herself sick, They are now quilting in the basement
and I scarsely see her three times a day. When you was
last here we talked of several plans for a temprature of heat
I finally settled down on a grate in the Parlour & Peach Orchard
Coal. I wrote to my friend John Steward Esq
who sent
me up an elegant Grate and all the fixtures. It is set by an
experienced workman and work to admiration. I
have have got in our [ vautl ]

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Alternate Text: vault
three Tons of best Peach Orchard
Coal plenty of dry hickory to ignite it. Three small fires
in twenty four hours gives a a temperate heat night &
day and it is really the most comfortable place I ever saw
no place in Europe equals it, wont you come and see
Daniel Josephs
oldest daughter took violent Crasy two weeks
ago they fear she will never be better. Col Post
Birth: 1780-11-18 Death: 1846-03-14
has been
after his wife a pleasant Gentleman and good company. Bobby
Birth: 1790 Death: 1868-02-17
& his wife
Birth: 1801-01-27 Death: 1864-01-08

have divided he sticks to the Bar Room. She has moved to Widow
Roc (Hatzels)
- Love to all friends - dont neglect the Rail Road, I shall
expect to see you pretty early in January. Affectionately yours
WH Seward SS Seward
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William H Seward Esquire
Chatauqua Co
Hand Shiftx

William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Saml. S. Seward
Nov 18, 1837