Letter from Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1834

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Letter from Dr. Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1834



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Letter from Dr. Samuel Sweezey Seward to William Henry Seward, August 4, 1834

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sender: Samuel Seward


Name: Samuel Seward Birth: 1768-12-05 Death: 1849-08-24

location: Florida NY


Name:  City:  Florida County:  Orange State:  NY Country:  US

receiver: William Seward


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

location: Auburn NY


Name:  City:  Auburn County:  Cayuga State:  NY Country:  US

transcription: mhr 

revision: ekk 2015-06-23

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Florida 4th Aug 1834
My dear William
Yours of the 26th Ult has been received. I am under
great obligation to you for your unremitting attention to the
road cause – and am perfectly delighted that you have associated
Mr Spencer


Name: John Spencer Birth: 1788-01-08 Death: 1855-05-17
in the case. In the first place a very valuable property
is involved – in the next, the final success of this suit will show
that it was founded in Malice and there was no truth nor
Justice in it, as it regards the opposers of the road or the Town. And
you are fully apprised that I never had any confidence in Biss
attention to it. I rejoice to find that you have confidence
in the final success, for if there ever was a suit that had sub-
stancial merits before the Judges and deserves to be made
an example by the Supreme Court. I hope that you
and Mr Spencer will both be present when the
cause is argued.
After our tour to Europe nothing would
have given us so much pleasure as to have
paid you and our friends at Auburn a visit
my apology for not effecting this desirable ob-
ject rests on the following parts. After six months
absence in the Old World I found myself
involved in debt and my business altogether
deranged. Two months strait application to this
and exposure to to traveling in inclement weather
[ brot ]

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e at on an in flammitory Rheumatisms which
confined me to my room for three months
more, by this time we discovered that Washing- ton


Name: George Seward Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
had extended his farming business very much
in our Absence and that such a bustle and so
large a family was not congenial with our years[ . ]



We then purchased and set about building & settleing
W. by himself[ . ]


This took two months hard labour.
He settled, on looking round we found our winter
wood unhoused one hundred loads of chaff manure
under the pete – our barn stables and every out
building out of repair, to live thus did not com-
port with my feelings. We set about removing
those Necesaries, and not untill some time in
July did we succeed in a settlement retired
and comfortable.
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I have lately had several severe turns of sickness
I am now able to ride out a small distance every
day, but my general health is still declining and
shall be glad to see you here on your way to New York


Name:  City:  New York County:   State:  NY Country:  US
We lament very much to hear that our dear Frances


Name: Frances Seward Birth: 1805-09-24 Death: 1865-06-21
is afflicted
with her eyes and hope she will consent to take a trip a cross
the country and stay with us while you attend the Court of
Errors. It afflicts me very much too that you are redused to
dispectic diet, I earnestly hope you will study your own
constitution and strength and not injure it by close applica-
tions or confinement to the Office.
You say "Our political prospects are cheering" In one sense
I think they are generally so I have become fully con-
vinced that there are a large majority of the American
people who have not only become tired of but are perfectly
indignant at the misrule of Andrew Jackson


Name: Andrew Jackson Birth: 1767-03-15 Death: 1845-06-08
& his Administrati-
on. But the difficulty lies in the want of for-
barance Uninimity good feeling and patriotism
among the leaders of the Whig party. Those leading
characters [ out ]

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to come out as one mass and
show that they are on the peoples side. Remon-
strances protests and resolutions against the
wicked willfull aristocratic and ruinous
oppressions and extravegance of the Jackson
party ought to be published in pamphlet
form and put in every mans hands.
These should be full of pirth and point, and
prove conclusively how fast we are deteri-
orating and loosing our liberties.
These remarks will apply in a measure
to our own state. But our situation requires
immediate actions and Union. It is high
time the peoples minds was prepared for
the strugle. While we doubt hesitate and
disposed ourselves we put a powerfull
weapon into the hands of the enemy. Therefore
for Gods sake settle down on some point.
There is no earthly reason why J C Spencer
should not be the Candidate. John W Taylor


Name: John Taylor Birth: 1784-03-26 Death: 1854-09-18

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Is a good man – and there are enough others
As it respects the L. G. I am decidedly opposed to
your being the Candidate, there are enough
Older more experienced and better quali-
fied for the office. Let the G. come from
the Western District and take the L. some
where East. This will suit both. To your
being a candidate for Senate or Congress
I have no objections. It is said you have
given way to the wish of the people – but the
people must have a Gov. from the West
this releases you from all obligations and
I beg you to avail yourself of it – sometime
home will do for you to be encumbered
with this sleepy office a more active one
will be more Congenial if you must
sacrifice your professional business.
It is the hour of the Mails arival We wish
kindly to be remembered to all our
beloved friends
Affectionately yours
Saml S Seward
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Florida Augt 4th


Type: postmark

William H Seward Esq


Name: William Seward Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
S. S. Seward
August 4th 1834

Monday, August 4, 1834