Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, December 17, 1838

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, December 17, 1838
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Institution:University of Rochester

Repository:Rare Books and Special Collections

Date:1838-12-17

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Letter from William Henry Seward to Benjamin Jennings Seward, December 17, 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: ahf 

revision: ekk 2015-10-28

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Auburn Dec. 17. 1838.
My dear Jennings,
I have needed ubiquity since the election. I intended
to go to Chautauqua, but I could not. Even this hour is stolen
from pressing cares and clamorous demands of every form to
tell you why I did not come, what I mean to do, and what
I think you must do.
I was obliged to go to Albany. I staid the shortest time to
make half the arrangements for such a home as I need,
I came back. Amid interruptions of every five minutes and
lasting sometimes (ring now of the street doorbell) all day and
night, I have prepared the material of my message. I have devoted
to it every hour I had from 8 to 12 until last night. Today
I have written four letters and done no more but answer
calls from home and abroad.
I steal away to Albany the [ momet ]
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my papers ready and other things ne=
cessary done. There (what a prospect) to recieve my message,
and complete domestic arrangements. I leave Frances
Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
at
home, sick all winter, and live, how you may imagine.
What I want you to do is thus.
Remember 1st. I want to close all my accounts in Chautauqua
2d. Appoint you agent.
3d. Apportion all monies received (& expenses) since 20th Feb.
last. among the properties
4th Shew each proprietor
The person who has the legal right or exclusive right to any thing whether in possession or not •
his account of lands & monies.
5th. Sell and convey all
6th . Establish the new principles of doing business under the
new arrangement.
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When the bustle of the 1st. of January is over & you have all the papers
perfect for all this as far your knowledge of the affairs of the
office will permit, come to Albany and we will complete
them together. I will then notify our friends to join us there,
and John Duer
Birth: 1782-10-07 Death: 1858-08-08
to come up from New York.
Thus I have said all that is needful, only to bring with
you every question that embarrasses with you and the papers bear-
ing on it. After two or three weeks this excitement and bustle
will wear away. I will have a home for you.
Time is too precious to expend even in grateful acknowl=
edgements of love affection and gratitude to you and to my
dear sister
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
. Let me know from time to time when I may expect
you to the end that I may advise you as to my probable engage-
ments. Commend me to Mrs Thompson
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Lauretta
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Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24Certainty: Probable
and not
forgetting Jane
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, and the boy
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.
Say to everybody in Chautauqua that I am poor in lan-
guage to express my gratitude and hope to be with them early in
the Spring.
God bless you all,
W.H.S
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Benjamin J. Seward Esq.
Westfield
Chautauqua Co.
Auburn N.Y
DEC
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Benjamin Seward

Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24Certainty: Probable
December 17. 1838