Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to Frances Miller Seward, January 13, 1840

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to Frances Miller Seward, January 13, 1840
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Date:1840-01-13

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Letter from Benjamin Jennings Seward to Frances Miller Seward, January 13, 1840

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

location: Westfield, NY

receiver: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Albany, NY

transcription: cnk 

revision: tap 2017-03-28

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Harmony Hall
Westfield Jan 13. 1840
My dear Sister
I fear you will think me
troublesome in writing every week or two -
but I hope you will remember one thing to
my credit - I do not write, after all, half as
often as I would love to write.
Brother Henry
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
, I believe, expects me
to visit Albany in the course of a month
or two - which I suppose is likely to be done
- as dear Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
used to say "time brings
forth all things" - although I see not her
in the world I am to be absent so long.
Many things may then be mentioned - & feelings
expressed which pen & ink are poor - & a sheet
too small to make known. It will be a great
happiness to me to spend a few hours with
you.
But the prominent object of my present
writing is to say that our Miss Denton
Birth: 1810-07-11
&
brother
Birth: 1819-01-19
leave here in a few days - so as to
be passing your place about the middle of
next week. If leisure favours, I have sup-
posed that you might wish to see her a little
& make some enquiries: with this view I
will require Hezekiah to call on you with a
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letter - when you may command the matter
to your liking. Miss D you know is a
sensative plant - but would dearly love to
peep into an executive mansion - but
will be equally cheerful to do just as
you may give lead to her call in the
city. She is disirous of visiting the
female seminary in Albany - and if you
happen to have about you a willing
hearted "Man of Robe" that could do
the service of bearing her through
it would be a great favor. Or if
Mr Blatchford
Birth: 1820-03-09 Death: 1893-07-07
could give her a billet
of introduction to the Principal, it would
answer as well.
Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
commences school this morning
pretty full of courage, like the young Ken
tuckian
Birth: 1777-04-12 Death: 1852-06-29
, to learn the whole of latin in
three months.
Thanks to a Kind Providence, we
are all well - although full of cares —
our new niece
Unknown
"does nicely" as say the
Yankees - and Mary
Birth: 1815 Death: 1879-08-29
gives us much com-
fort in her way.
We are all perfectly delighted with
the message - please ask friend Blatchford
to save me a few fair copies in pamphlet
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form to furnish to my Western friends.
Pray treat with such little attention
as you can our neighbor Mr Dixon
Birth: 1787-07-23 Death: 1875-04-19
of
the Senate.
The likeness of dear, dear Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
is
boxed & will be taken down by the Den-
tons to be copied. Pray be careful of it.
Dr Canfield
Birth: 1798-11-26 Death: 1865-01-05
says he will call for it &
take it to Phil - but is to be first in-
formed that it is in readiness
for him.
And Mr Durand
Birth: 1796-08-21 Death: 1886-09-17
informs me
that he will prepare a copy of
my dearer Marcia for you, at
my expense, upon brother H. sug-
gestion of desire.
These tho' tender & pleasing
little arrangements to my feelings are
but as trifles to the in comparison with
consideration occupying my mind in
regard to the great realities of the upper
world. Had I but a little more knowl-
edge about the employments & occupations
there, I should be entirely unfitted for the
duties of my family & the occupation
of life. Excuse my haste
Your very affectionate brother B.J. Seward
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Mrs. W.H. Seward
Albany
WESTFIELD
JAN
14
N.Y.
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Frances Seward

Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
Jennings Jan
1840