Letter from Major Henry Seymour in Hartford Connecticut to his brother Lediard, a shipping merchant located in Havana Cuba. Interesting content talking about British pirates and plunderers, price of beef, their corrupt brother-in-law Nathaniel Ingraham, etc..
The Seymours were a very prominent Connecticut family.
Lediard Seymour corresponded with President Thomas Jefferson (see sample about Cuba below).
Written on fold:
4 pages, two with text, one with address.
Vertical and horizontal folds to make envelope. Paper toned. Tear where seal broken.
9 x 7 ¼”
Major Henry Seymour was born 25 December 1764. He was the oldest son of Mary Ledyard Seymour and Colonel Thomas Seymour, the first Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut. In 1780, he went to Philadelphia to begin a mercantile career. He was chosen by his employer to carry money to Fishkill and to bring back vouchers for monthly supplies; during this service, he narrowly escaped capture by British forces. Henry Seymour was living in New York in 1784, but he later returned to Hartford. Major Henry Seymour was an officer of the Governor's Horse Guards from 1803-1807. He married Jane Ellery (d. 1851) on 19 June 1804 in Hartford. One of their three children was Thomas Hart Seymour (1808-1868), Governor of Connecticut from 1850-1853. Major Henry Seymour died in Hartford, Connecticut, on 13 May 1846.
Ledyard (Lediard) Seymour (1771–1848) was a native of Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale College in 1792, he entered the mercantile business in New York with the support of his wife’s family. Losses to British spoliations forced him into bankruptcy by 1797. He removed to Havana in 1800, where he remained for three years before returning to Hartford. In 1805, he wrote TJ seeking a post in “any one of the Spanish Colonies,” but did not receive an appointment
Seymour’s brother in law was New York merchant Nathaniel G. Ingraham, who owned the brigantine Aurora.
To Thomas Jefferson from Ledyard Seymour, 1 November 1801
From Ledyard Seymour
Havana November 1st. 1801.
With sentiments of Respect, and esteem, I humbly hasten to the dwelling of the first Magistrate, of the Republick of America, for by this name, have I been taught, to Address, that part of the Western world, over which he presides…
…Arriving the 8th September; I departed the 25th. inst. from this apostate land of Law, reason and justice, together with William Stoddert Bond of Baltimore, Captain of the Schooner Americanus, with a Cargo, bona fide American property, and the 1st of October was suffered to come within the firm protection of the Moro Castle at the entrance of the port of the Havana—here Sir have I since remained rendering to my fellow Citizens, such assistance as the laws and usages of an allied nation allow, cultivating with my best wishes the friendship of the inhabitants of this place, nor can I belive better laws; more wholesome institutions; or more refined honor; could have existed, since the days of Ferdinand and Isabella—. I sometimes think this a Godly City; trifling breaches of eather Civil or Military laws; little quarrelling; or disturbance; and but few dark Assasinations;…