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Havens Letter: October 22 1865

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: October 22, 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 22 1865 , Page: 1

Havens Letter: October 22 1865
Havens Letter: October 22 1865


Gen. Court Martial Rooms
Denver City C T
Sunday October 22nd 65

Dear Nell.
Yours of October 1st was handed to me
it
on Friday last and now. ^ being Sunday I am going
to answer it in some way or other. Everything
jogs along in the usual way with slight variations
We have been at work a little during the past week and
have disposed of one case. and tomorrow take up another.
which is, I beleive. the only one now on hand. When that
is done I suppose we shall leave Denver. and I do’n’t
know as I shall be very sorry.
We are having the most beautiful weather for October
that I ever knew. and it causes great surprise hear.
Warm, clear days with nights a trifle cooler… make
it seem more like May than October.. The mountain
tops are covered with snow. presenting quite a contrast
to the pleasant valleys lying around us.
The greatest excitement during the past week has been
a convention for the nomination of candidates for Gov.
Senators. and other state officers
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Havens Letter: October 22 1865
Havens Letter: October 22 1865

Colorado. as you, perhaps, already know is preparing
for admission into the Union as a State during the
next session of Congress. The Constitution of the
new state has already been adopted by its people and
all feel a great anxiety to learn the result of their
application to be admitted.. The convention lasted two
or three days and the town was full. There seems
to be a great rush of travel to Denver at the present
time. Hotels and all other boarding houses are full
and the lucky chaps who can control the right of
a bed is fortunate indeed. unless it serves him as
ours has done three or four times during the past
week. viz: give way under him and let him sleep
on the floor. One night it gave down in the middle. leaving
us doubled up like a jack knife. posterior on the floor
and head and feet sticking up in the air. Last night
the whole backside of the concern gave way leaving
me against the wall with a fellow six feet high
and weighing 195. atop of me.. Notwithstanding
all these troubles are like our boarding house and
are determined to “fight it out on this line if it
takes all summer” Jokes are free and one that was
perpetrated at our Hotel on a poor innocent. [illegible in original]
[illegible in original] of a preacher fresh from America a few nights
since was quite amusing and has found its way into
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Havens Letter: October 22 1865
Havens Letter: October 22 1865

the “Daily Rocky Mountain News” of this city.
but not having a copy of the paper near me from
which to clip the story I will tell it in my own way
having nothing better to write at the present time..
Said Preacher had just arrived by the “Overland” late
at night from Atchison. and applied for a bed and the
clerk not wishing to turn him out upon the cold chari
ties of a strange city. told him that all his beds were
occuped but that he could put him in with a nice
young man. who was at that moment out but would
be in shortly and wished him to leave the lamp burning
and the door unlocked. Mr. Preacher gratefully accepted
the room and promised accordingly. The bed he was put into
was occupied by one “Bob” Wilson. auctioneer for a commiss
ion house in the city.. Bob came in about midnight
when he was told that they had put a bedfellow
in his room. and made apologies for taking the liberty
which Bob. being a good natured fellow. accepted
On reaching his room. he found the door locked and
no noise or entreaty would induce the Rev. sir to
open. Next night Bob was at home earlier but
not meditating any revenge on his clerical friend
until an opportunity presented itself for a joke which
Bob never throws away. After preparing himself
d
he jumped into bed. and asked the preacher if it woul^
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Havens Letter: October 22 1865
Havens Letter: October 22 1865

him if the lamp was left burning a little while as
he was in the habit of reading after he went to bed
Preacher said “No” so Bob commenced reading and presently
scratching not thinking what he was doing. preacher soon
becamse uneasy. rolled over two or three times then looked
closely at Bob awhile and said, “Young man you appear
to be uneasy” “Oh no.” says Bob. “my mind is easy enough”
In a few moments during which Bob scratched again the
Preacher asked him what was the matter. “Oh, nothing” says
Bob. scratching again. “only these fellows” “What do you
mean, sir” says P. “Looke here” Mr.” says Bob. “how long have
you been in this country?” “Only since last night” says P”
“Then” says Bob “You havent become accustomed to Gray
Backs yet”! “Gray Backs! what are they sir.” Why nothing
but lice sir” Preacher rolled up tight against the wall
and said no more. Bob blew out the light and soon
began to snore when P. carefully slid out of bed put on
his clothes. and went down to the Bar Room where he took
a chair and sat before the fire place all night while Bob
laughed himself into a sleep that the next mornings gong
failed to break. Preacher went to mountains next day
to see the mines. He never was an army chaplain I’ll
bet
Friday night I made my first appearance in society
at a ball in town. From what I had heard concerning
it I expected a big time. bill $5.00 got in and found a
fiddle, lap viol, and dulcimer. 4 ladies and five men.
Was bound to see the thing out. and accordingly
stayed until about 2 o’clock danced three or four
times and concluded that Denver had played
out A theater opens here this week
I received a letter from O.M. Cottere last Mon
day. He had seen my name in the list of the
officers that was published a few days before
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Havens Letter: October 22 1865
Havens Letter: October 22 1865

and wrote to ask me to make him a
visit which I would like to do. He lives about
a hundred miles from here on the Santa Fe
stage line.
The rival stage companies of Holladay. and
Butterfield & Co. are bringing in passengers from
the states very fast. Butterfield’s line runs from
Atchison via the Republican and Smoky Hill
route in five days and a half. carrying passengers
for 100. dollars. and Holladays. by the Overland
route in six days and a half. carrying passengers
for 150 dollars. Some think Butterfield and
Co. will break Holladay down. but I think not
as Holladay has the mail contract which
pays him half a million a year and he can
afford to lose the passengers. I think that
if I ever go home it will be by the Smoky
Hill route. not merely for the sake of it’s being
cheaper and faster but for the sake of seeing
a new country. I want to see all I can before
I get home. and while Uncle Sam. foots the
bill. for when once I escape from his fostering
care I shall be compelled to “eat my bread by
the sweat of my brow” and then fare well to
adventure..
Do. not hear any more from those who have
gone to Fort Bridgen.
Write often. and remember me to all
Ed.
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