Havens Letter: October 8 1865


Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 8, 1865
Format: Image/jpg
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 8 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 8 1865
Havens Letter: October 8 1865

Fremont. Oct 8th /65
Dear Cousin.
Your favor of the 1st
inst was received last in compa
ny with one from cousin Eliza. My folks
were as well as usual but Eliza
wrote me her father was very sick.
They hardly think he will recover
but I hope to hear better news in
her next. She is going to send
me her Photograph soon perhaps in
her next letter. And so father
and mother left you to keep
house. How I like to see a man
be obliged to take care of him
self once in a while So they may
know how good it feels. There it is
again Nell but I wont say any
more this time. I wish you
would come up here and help
Havens Letter: October 8 1865 , Page: 2

Havens Letter: October 8 1865
Havens Letter: October 8 1865

make my husk beds. Does
your mother ever use corn husks
instead of straw. I do always.
We are having very good weather
at present. Our men have finished
cutting hay but it is not all stack
ed yet. Expect to finish tomorrow if
the day is fair. I am sorry to
hear of Melinda’s indisposition &
hope it will not prove serious.
I wish they would write me.
I have not heard from Edwin
since I wrote you before. It is three
weeks last night since I received
his last letter. I do not look for
one yet. Nelson I neither sit
up till midnight nor from
midnight till sunup, neither
do I go to bed when the chickens
do. My usual hour is half past
eight ^ and my get up time is
five oclock. Sometimes I get up
earlier as you will testify.
Havens Letter: October 8 1865 , Page: 3

Havens Letter: October 8 1865
Havens Letter: October 8 1865

Sunday mornings I cant sleep
any longer than other mornings.
Will is still with us but his
two months are nearly out. I
guess he will stay this month
out for William has so much
to do he does not know how to
spare him yet. We are looking
every day for two of my hus-
bands brothers every day.
Only one thing I dread and
that is they are such strong
Democrats. It maybe make hard
feelings som way but not by my
means. I have seen too much
trouble that way. Well I will
[illegible in original] (there William joggled me)
have to stop for he is going to
Winona in the morning and I
will have to rise early.
My love to you all. Please
write soon and oblige your
cousin. Helen.
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