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Havens Letter: October 4 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 4, 1865
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 13
Language: English
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Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 13
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Havens Letter: October 4 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 4 1865
Havens Letter: October 4 1865

Fremont Winona C Minn Oct. 4th
186[5?]

Dear Brother & Sister I confess that writing
to you is something like casting bread upon the
waters with this difference I hardly expect to
find it after many days Unless Melinda
or the boys will let us hear from them. It
is over a year since we heard from you by way
of Melinda and hoping to hear again is the
reason why I write now The family are well
Helen has been very sick the past summer
came near dying at one time but is better
now tho not quite well For myself it is
a little
the old story I seem to get ^ better every spring
but in the fall I grow worse again Last winter
I had a very bad time could not sit up for
some weeks My throat and lungs seemed to be
greatly inflamed I used cold wet cloths on
the affected parts which at last broke up
the inflammation I think it a good remedy
We have been dairing a little the last year
milked nine cows made near ninety cheeses
or about 16-00 lbs now we are making some
butter The market is not as good as last
year It is very hard work but Craig does
all that is very hard Charles is married
and when I was so bad last winter they came
home so that his wife could help Julia and
Havens Letter: October 4 1865 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: October 4 1865
Havens Letter: October 4 1865

have stayed with us ever since Next spring
they will move on to a peice of land of their
own near Helen Willie and Julia are all
that are that are left us now and Will is very
to
anxious ^ enlist at this time He thought poor boy
that it must be perfectly clear to his father
that he should let him go but failed to convince
him. He thought he had better feed calves and
pigs a while longer before turning soldier
d
as he is but sixteen. The second regiment is ordere^
south soon and the ports are to be [remarked?]
immediately and it was for that he wished to
enlist His father is getting old and dont see how
he can spare him. You see it is much easier
to think of somebodys else sons going than our
to
own We find it almost imposible ^ be good patriots
where our own children are concerned. This is not
right I know and if ever the time comes that our
children are called on I hope to have strength
given me to bear it It is truly a fearful
time. I get almost discouraged sometimes.
Somehow I feel that America must suffer for
her crying sins and perhaps it is through
this dreadful strife that God will punish
her It cannot be denied that that monster
evil slavery is the foundation of the war that
is now upon us and how we shall come out
of it I confess that Im not yet able to see Still
I hope there are a suficient number of Lots
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Havens Letter: October 4 1865
Havens Letter: October 4 1865

to save the land (I dont tread upon somebodys
toes do I) Joseph Cobb enlisted last spring but
whether he came home at the end of 3 months
or not I dont know. Hart has sold his farm
and lives at Lemont five miles from his
old home [illegible in original] lives there too Laurens
folks were as usual when Hart wrote in
the summer tho Susans health was very poor
ption
all the time She will probably go in a consum^
ere long I have not heard from Nelson
in over two years I dont know but they are
all dead I learned by a letter from Craigs
Sister last week that George was living in
Pennsylvania had taken a farm there but
she did not say what place he was His
daughter lives at Delantis George had sold
the property that was fathers and got rid
of the avails [illegible in original] writes that he will not
work as long as he can live without It
is too bad This is all I know about our
folks Nelson seemed to feel very hard
that none of the family wrote to him
Melinda always mentions her fathers
poor health Is it no better yet. How is
Celestine. I wish she would write me
a letter. I know she could if she would
try. and I should be so glad I suppose that
Mr Stephens is in Kansas he was when she
wrote last or has he gone to the wars?
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Havens Letter: October 4 1865
Havens Letter: October 4 1865

Do you take the New Covenant If you do you
know all that is going on in the Universalist
denomination Do you have any meetings near
you yet Here the prospect is very dark There
has come two or three preachers come into the
state but not near us. One has located at Winona
but owing to the discouraging aspect of affairs at the
present moment has turned his attention to
curing the ills of the body instead of the mind
Hydro – Homeopathically (what a long word) I may as
well add. His name is Webster In St Charles
they have no meetings A great many have left
the place and a number of the old members
so a neighbor writes have gone up on a higher
plain of progression in other words have become
spiriticalists therefore do not feel the change so much
but I who have never been able to attain that
enviable state of mind should sadly miss the
like Ancient Israel
old times and should ^ continually sign for the
flesh pots the leeks and onions of Egypt
The last Covenant records the death of A.H. Skinner
of Illinois, O what a loss! I never saw him but
have learned to revere his memory. We knew his
brother Samuel who died 3 years ago. If you dont you
ought to take the Covenant if it is only to read Mrs
Livermores editorials she writes as well or better than
he does and that is saying a great deal But I am almost
at the bottom of the sheet and must close I shall expect
an answer from some one of the family soon Yourselves
Melinda or the boys will do for this is to them all
Direct to [illegible in original] Winona Co Minn and it will be
all right Yours in love Jeannette M Duncan
William & Celestine Havens
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