William Seward was Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State. Seward was responsible for the purchase of Alaska, which some called "Seward's Folly". Seward also championed for the abolition of slavery. Seward supported many freed blacks in the Auburn area, including Harriet Tubman. Seward sold land to Tubman, which at the time was illegal.
Seward's former home, now a museum, is situated on a triangular lot between South Street, the Inner Loop Road, and William Street.
The letterbox was accessible from Seward Park, which is south of Seward House. Today pedestrian traffic was non-existent, but vehicle traffic was heavy.
A park bench provided a comfortable seat for stamping the log and viewing Seward's monument.
whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness
of all who live under its protection."
~ William H. Seward