Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, May 15, 1838

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, May 15, 1838
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Distributor:Seward Family Papers Project

Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1838-05-15

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, May 15, 1838

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

location: Florida, NY

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

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: sgl 

revision: ekk 2015-11-11

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Florida May 15.
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Editorial Note

Date in margin on page 2 by recipient is 1837; However, based on the death years of the three children mentioned in the letter-Horace, George Grier, and Ira Van Duzer, the year is 1838.
My dear Jennings,
Matters being finally matured at New
York
Messrs Cary
Birth: 1786-08-11 Death: 1869-06-20
[ , ]
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Lay
Birth: 1798-07-26 Death: 1860-10-21
and the other associates arrived
there last week. But a long and labored division of con-
tracts remains to be made and all the deeds and sched-
ules are to be copied two or three times. It was impossible
to perform this labor there. After an ineffectual effort to
adjourn to Auburn, we agreed to meet here. I came up
last Saturday. Today they all came up. I am to meet
them at Goshen, and we have possession of our good
fathers
Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24
house until all is done.
I hoped to have time to write you fully from here. But
at present sentences must go for paragraphs.
Frances Tuthill
Birth: 1801-01-16 Death: 1860-02-07
has been bereaved of both (and her only) children
x Birth: 1835-11-01  Death: 1838-04-20  Birth: 1837-08-17  Death: 1838-04-24 
.
God of Mercy! What a fearful afflictions!
I attended yesterday the funeral of Margaret (Jennings) Van Du-
zers
Birth: 1800-04-02 Death: 1867-11-03
second child
Birth: 1828-05-19 Death: 1837-05-12
, who fell in the barn and died of the fracture
of his skull.
Locky
Birth: 1805-07-15 Death: 1848-05-14
is still in miserable health, and Polidore
Birth: 1799-07-02 Death: 1872-04-25
’s relapse
makes infinite unhappiness in addition to severe trials of pov-
erty.
Our Uncle Ben
Birth: 1762-11-30 Death: 1840-01-12
is probably in his last illness.
Our Father and Mother
Birth: 1769-11-27 Death: 1844-12-11
both with renovated health are re-
pairing[ , ]
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altering and improving their home.
I will receive your letters as heretofore addressed
care of Am T. Co. N.Y. Hope to get through here in 10 days or less.
Then a hurried visit to N.Y.[ , ]
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Philadelphia [ , ]
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Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
& George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
, then
to Auburn. Tempe
Birth: 1812-09-30 Death: 1848-10-18
is very ill but probably convalesant.
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Benjamin J. Seward Esq.
Westfield
Chautauqua Co
N. York
GOSHEN
MAY 16
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May 15, 1837