Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 26, 1838

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 26, 1838
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1838-03-26

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, March 26, 1838

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

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

location: Unknown
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transcription: mah 

revision: crb 2016-01-13

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Monday Morn’g 26 March 1838
My dear Henry
I have your favour of the 22d,
so it seems you did not discover before leav-
ing Batavia that the transcripts were with
you, under the cover of the book of Mort-
gages, you have doubtless cast your eye
upon them before this.
You have a statement of the Estate
as concerned with this office; enclosed,
a Copy was sent you on Saturday night
last to Batavia, but I think proper to
send you one to Auburn. I hope they
may prove sufficient to enable you to
effect satisfactory settlement with the
proprietors, & be [ satisfacory ]
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to yourself.
In making up the Expense a/c
(drawn off by Bradley
Birth: 1808-01-19 Death: 1890-07-09
up to $16,000: to be
augmented as you suppose to about $20,000)
I have thought it proper to make a
distinction between Office Expenses, proper,
and your salary, and also of Expenses
incurred abroakd ^while^ raising funds for
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the proprietors. The Contract allowing
three thousand a year office expenses
for 5 years to complete the [ settlemt ]
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is more than complyed with by an
expendidure for the complete [ settlemt ]
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in two years of less than $10,000[ . ]
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Reason: 

The thousand dollars not char-
ged to expenses, but taken out of Cash
I concluded to change on those sheets
& it is the last item on the page, if
admissible by the proprietors & you
think well of it & it can be so
settled. I shall feel under everlas-
ting obligations to you all, if it
cannot, strike it out of expenses
& add it to Cash in hand, it
is not entered in the books & will
not be without your permission.
I wrote the substance of the above
& a little argumentation further
to you at Batavia which will I sup-
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pose fall into Mr Careys
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
hands. This
I regret, but rejoice that so little of all
my forebodings wasere disclosed.
I thank you for the relief your
letter gives me in more veins than
one in relation to my situation here.
Butt will communicate more fully
with ^you^ about it another day.
I am feeble as a ghost, but
keep good courage that as soon
as I can get out onto a saddle
I shall improved[ . ]
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Reason: 

I have sent Plumb
Birth: 1802-06-09 Death: 1877-08-31
the $250.
Rumsey
Birth: 1785-06-01 Death: 1873-07-31
came safely home. He gives
a humorous account of your setting
out with other dignitaries from Buffalo.
Jo White
Unknown
is in deep trouble.
It is said he must be sold out
tomorrow. He offers any thing in the
world for a little money, but he
can get none from me.
Your Grateful Brother
B.J. Seward
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
March 26. 1838