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Havens Letter: August 29 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: August 29, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 11
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 11
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
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Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865


Stonewall C T
August 29th 1865
Dear Nell
This morning at daylight the coach from
Denver reached this station and on assorting the mail I found
four letters for myself.. three of them from yourself. dated respec
tively July 11th. Aug. 2nd and 10th and as I promised in
my last to. write you again if I received a letter from you I
have decided to fulfill my promise. I will commence by telling
you how I am situated. Stonewall is at present only a relay
station when the escort for the coach is exchanged. The O.
S. Co. has no property here at present. although we are daily
expecting two teams here. and as soon as possible thereafter.
coaches will commence running daily each way. at least
as far as Virginia Dale. The only building here is a stable
and we turn the horses out of doors and live in it our
selves. so that although not exactly sleeping in a man
ger. I sleep in a stall. I intend to build a house for all
as soon as I find a sufficient amount of timber and
can get it up. I arrived here yesterday morning
and begin to like the place very well already. and
if they will only place a family with me or two
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Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865

pretty daughters. I do’n’t know as I shall want to go
back to the Dale very soon. We have some most
beautiful scenery around here which almost repays one
for all the fancies he has been deprived of. The country
is of a red sandstone foundation and there are some of
the most picturesque and romantic shaped crags and
cliffs or peaks all around us that you ever saw. which
can be seen for many miles in either direction.
They are of red sandstone rock. and rise for hundreds
of feet above the plains in the shape of towers. round square.
or oblong. castles palaces. forts and many other things
the names of which my vocabulary of Geographical
Geological. or architectural names fails to comprehend.
All I’ve got to say is travel for yourself. If I were
only a scientific person. versed in all the studies of geology
botany and the thousand and one other sciences of a college
education and could place them all in use I might
make these letters much more interesting to you and
my present opportunities much more profitable to
myself. To a scientific person. who perhaps possessed
but a knowledge of half the many sciences. a trip such
as I have taken would be both pleasant an profitable
but to one totally ignorant of them it is production of
only a very limited degree of interest with perhaps a
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Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865

slight knowledge of natural and Physical Geography.
This morning I took three men and went to the
Cache Le Poudre partly on businesss and partly for pleasure
Two of the men wished to go fishing which I allowed and
taking the other left them (having agreed upon a rendezvous)
and set off among the hills the other side of the creek to see
what I could see. I had some hopes of finding some
Antelope and. perhaps. Kill one. With the exception of
seeing some new country and shooting a rabbit which
made a very good supper I found nothing and in the
course of a couple of hours returned to the spot designated for
our rendezvous. but could find nothing of the two men. On
looking around a little I found the trail of a party of Indians
apparantly. about 24 hours hold. and also the tracks of a
couple of horses coming in this direction. but very recently
and concluded that they had come home and accordingly
started for home. I occupied a couple of hours or more
in reaching here. taking the opportunity to inspect some of
the various towers. On reaching camp I found the men had
not returned. but in about an hour they came in. and
then came a tale. It was this. While quietly fishing, not
dreaming of Indians the report of a pistol was heard
and a ball came whistling mighty close to their heads.
and on looking up they spied two men one of whom
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Havens Letter: August 27 1865
Havens Letter: August 27 1865

slight knowledge of natural and Physical Geography.
This morning I took three men and went to the
Cache Le Poudre partly on businesss and partly for pleasure
Two of the men wished to go fishing which I allowed and
taking the other left them (having agreed upon a rendezvous)
and set off among the hills the other side of the creek to see
what I could see. I had some hopes of finding some
Antelope and. perhaps. Kill one. With the exception of
seeing some new country and shooting a rabbit which
made a very good supper I found nothing and in the
course of a couple of hours returned to the spot designated for
our rendezvous. but could find nothing of the two men. On
looking around a little I found the trail of a party of Indians
apparantly. about 24 hours hold. and also the tracks of a
couple of horses coming in this direction. but very recently
and concluded that they had come home and accordingly
started for home. I occupied a couple of hours or more
in reaching here. taking the opportunity to inspect some of
the various towers. On reaching camp I found the men had
not returned. but in about an hour they came in. and
then came a tale. It was this. While quietly fishing, not
dreaming of Indians the report of a pistol was heard
and a ball came whistling mighty close to their heads.
and on looking up they spied two men one of whom
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