Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, February 22, 1838

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, February 22, 1838
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Distributor:Seward Family Papers Project

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1838-02-22

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, February 22, 1838

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: sgl 

revision: crb 2015-11-11

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Auburn Febrary 22nd
My dear Jennings
I returned from Albany last Tuesday evening after
an uncomftortable journey and ab a very brief visit there. The
object of my visit to Albany (which I have not before had an
opportunity to explain to you) was to attend a Committee
appointed at the Episcopal State Convention last sum-
mer to designate the boundary line for the division of this
diocese.
I have received your letter in relation to the Lumber-
man’s Bank and am glad to find that you have done
so much and so wisely. I must request you bear in
mind that your letters during my absence have not al-
ways found me in the order of time in which they
were written. My suggestions are therefore to be received
rather as suggestions than instructions. You have
done in the absence of them quite as well as I could
have advised even had I been with you.
I want to leave here every day, but I scarcely
find time an hour a day for preperation. The
political concerns of the party have involved me
very much in a thousand explanations and various
duties. I am steadily looking forward to my setting out
for Chautauqua on Monday next, and it requires every hour I
can command. Trusting that the Patriots will not molest
you or the Canadians make you afraid until I come[ . ]
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I remain as always
Your affectionate brother
W.H.Seward
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While I am at Westfield I shall have need to be much alone
in preparing papers, writing up correspondence and studying some other
matters. Will it be too much to ask of you to have a little box
stove put up in my room any how, so I can make a fire off
hand when I want without troubling or disturbing the family
I am sorry to be in a way of making trouble for Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
, but
it seems to me that this is the way to reduce it.
Yours.
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Benjamin J. Seward Esq
Chautauqua Land Office
Westfield
Chautauqua Co.
AUBURN N.Y.
FEB
23
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February 22, 1838