Letter from Alvah H. Worden to William Henry Seward, August 7, 1838

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Letter from Alvah H. Worden to William Henry Seward, August 7, 1838
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Date:1838-08-07

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Letter from Alvah H. Worden to William Henry Seward, August 7, 1838

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sender: Alvah Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06  Death: 1856-02-16

location: Canandaigua, NY

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

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: mah 

revision: crb 2016-02-04

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Canand Aug 7 38
My Dear S
I recd a line from Woods
Unknown
yesterday dated at Niagara Falls. I presume
you must have seen him or have heard from him if not he says he is encouraged
at the prospects &c. I regret very much that Sibley
Birth: 1796-11-06 Death: 1852-09-08
has not been at home
he can do a world of good in Niagara County and I am anxious
to know how Boughton
Birth: 1792-07-30 Death: 1866-04-28
and Spalding
Birth: 1800-02-28 Death: 1885-01-07
feel, that is how they will
act. G
Birth: 1792-12-01 Death: 1868-08-31
friends claim them to be in their interest
I wrote you at Buffalo cautioning you about ma-
king a call on Tracy
Birth: 1793-06-17 Death: 1859-09-12
if you have not got my letter you had better
obtain it on your return.
I have been counting strength in town for a day or two
and tonight have had a talk with Townsend
Birth: 1783-06-14 Death: 1854-08-26
. I have long known
that in this Village Granger could not count upon any thing like
an united feeling of Whigs in his favor: and I am struck with
the fact that the Unity is mostly against him, I do not
know as you will get the proper idea which I intend to convey
but you may feel flattered by the reflection that at home in
your own neighborhood you are much the have nothing
like the opposition, free or latent, which exists against G
in his own ^immediate vicinity^ How to continue and give force to the fair
expression of this opinion I am at a loss to say or imagine
It is a matter which must engage our attention. I was
struck also with a remark of Townsends which accorded
with my own sentiments and thoughts. T said he had
thought of making this same remark to you on the State
of opinion & feeling here and was deterred from it for fear
you would think it was intended as flattery or as incorrect
in point of fact beside he said he thought it useless informa-
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And such as you could not act upon as it would not come
well from you, but I communicate it upon mature reflection
as something that may be turned to account. The little hostility
existing against you in Auburn has been wonderfully magni-
fied by G friends, a pretty thorough scrutiny into neighborhood
feeling has been made and without scruple. If it should turn
out that the sensible reflecting, inteligent portion of the Whig
neighbors and friends of Mr G were opposed to him: it might
answer any unpleasant fact set afloat about the state of feel-
ing in another locality. Of course if any this suggestion
should be acted upon it would loose all point or force if
it should be known that I had any agency in it. Inside
I have most particular reasons for not desiring to quarrel
with anybody. I am also desirous that you should exactly
understand the feeling to which I allude, it is not so far as
I can have a hostile embittered feeling, rather a coldness, which
is consistent with personal respect and good will to Mr G. and
such as may exist in this community for years and yet work
no violent outbreak.
Sibley still remains very sick in NY. and I
have strong apprehensions in regard to him
Yours Truly
AW
I am going to take L
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
& F
Birth: 1826 Death: 1909-08-24
to Avon tomorrow or
next day.
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Hon William H Seward
Westfield
Chautauque Co
NY
Canandaigua N.Y.
Aug 8
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
Alvah Worden
August 7. 1838.