Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 4, 1839

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Date:1839-04-04

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to William Henry Seward, April 4, 1839

action: sent

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

location: Westfield, NY

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

location: Albany, NY

transcription: msr 

revision: obm 2017-04-03

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Chautauqua Land Office
Westfield April 4. 1839
Dear Henry
I send you herein a descrip-
tion of the lands redeeded to you
by J. L. Rathbone
Birth: 1791-08-02 Death: 1845-05-13
and of the Mortga-
ges executed by him to the office.
He is to have a guarantee from you
that he is to be kept harmless from
these mortgages-will you not find
time to append it to this paper &
send it to him. By tomorrows mail
I will remit
To relax as intensity; to make less tense or violent • To forgive; to surrender the right of punishing a crime • To pardon, as a fault or crime • To give up; to resign • To send back • To transmit money, bills, or other things in payment for goods • To restore • To slacken • To abate in violence for a time •
him a check for the
sums he advanced & the expenses-
may I beg you if convenient to ex-
ecute this guarantee without delay
so that I have his answer acknowl-
edging a full adjustment and the
matter be no longer on my memo
random or on my mind.
I think I mentioned in my last
that the advances to Underwood
Birth: 1797-03-07 Death: 1864-01-05Certainty: Probable
made
& engaged to be made in a very few
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days would amount to about $1,400
-Today there is an order presented
here by Crane
Birth: 1791-07-01 Death: 1860-05-18
from whom Underwood
purchased his farm in Stockton, for
one thousand dollars more. I am
unable to learn what your contract
with him says—but these sums make
up an sum ^amount^ , so unlike what you men-
tioned that I have thought it my
duty to deny delay payment till
I hear from you—Pray answer me
by return mail if you can.
I send by the mail today, the
list of deeds due to settlers, since the
11 July last—and also, of the discharge
mortgages—to Rich Blatchford
Birth: 1798-04-24 Death: 1875-09-04
-asking him
to propose a power of attorney, such as
was agreed upon by Mr Duer
Birth: 1782-10-07 Death: 1858-08-08
& myself
for Morris Robinson
Birth: 1784-09-02 Death: 1849-05-05
& yourself to execute.
After Blatchford has verified this inure-
ment as to the signature of Robinson
he will send it to you—which when
acknowledged, you will please forward
to me by first return mail.
And if there needs to be any
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peculiar powers in this instrument, you
may write down to Blatchford, what they
may be. I make this suggestion in con-
sequence of a question on my own mind
whether the warranty should not be
the warranty of the proprietor
The person who has the legal right or exclusive right to any thing whether in possession or not •
who
holds the equitable interest, instead
of the Trustees: but you will know.
Our January receipts were
$15,600—February $4,300—March
$3,000—and our daily receipts, now,
not over $50.—The balance, of
March 31. is not yet struck—
in a few days you shall have it.
Gen. CampMr Wharton
Birth: 1808-02-07 Death: 1868-09-09Certainty: Probable
& Baldwin
Birth: 1779-01-22 Death: 1848

Waters
Unknown
—and Walker
Birth: 1802
from Mina are all
to open stores in Barcelona this summer.
Joseph White
Birth: 1801-09-03 Death: 1840-09-22Certainty: Probable
is in the hands of the
sheriff again—and report says that
N.A. Lowry
Birth: 1805-10-22 Death: 1852-02-23
is wading in deep water.
Yours as ever
B.J. Seward
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
B.J. Seward
Apl 12. 1839