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Havens Letter: March 28 1866

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Creator: Edwin R. Havens
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: March 28, 1866
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Original Format: Document
Collection Number: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 14
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: LC00016 – Havens Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 14
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Havens Letter: March 28 1866, Page: 1

Havens Letter: March 28 1866
Havens Letter: March 28 1866

Ann Arbor Mich
March 28th 1866

My Dear Mother.
Yours of Sunday
was received Monday evening and
although I mailed you a letter on
Monday morning I seat myself
this evening to pen a reply
When I wrote Saturday evening
I felt discouraged because I had
not received any letters from
home. although I know how
hard it is for you to write. and
now I feel like complaining
because Nell does not write oftener
It does seem as though he has,
or ought to have as much time
to write as me. but yet he fails
to do so. I beleive if he had been
away from home as much as I
have and among strangers with
Havens Letter: March 28 1866, Page: 2

Havens Letter: March 28 1866
Havens Letter: March 28 1866

no familiar friend to meet.
he would write oftener.
I am heartily tired of this mode
of life and long to be home once
more and among friends yet
as I think how I am situated
and my present prospects for the
future it seems as though this
kind of life had scarce begun
and that many long years must
yet come and go when I shall
know a spot that I can safely
call my home.
This is commencement week
at the University and large classes
of Law and Medical students have
graduated and are now leaving
for their homes. An exhibition was
given at the largest church in the
city last evening by one of the
classes of the Literary Department
of the University which was very
good and well attended every
seat in the church being filled
Havens Letter: March 28 1866, Page: 3

Havens Letter: March 28 1866
Havens Letter: March 28 1866

almost before sundown. I was
fortunate enough to be presented
with a ticket by a student with
whom I was acquainted
I received a letter yesterday from
Cousin Eliza. Poor girl.! her troubles
seem to have commenced in earnest
as it seems her stepmother wants to
get rid of her. but she declares her
determination to remain as she feels
she has a right to a home there.
Horation has left home and Eliza
and her half brother are all the children
left. Her mother’s own sister has
offered her a home whenever she chooses
to accept it but Eliza thinks it best
not to accept the offer. I dont blame
her a bit for wishing to remain in
the home her father willed her.
You spoke of their being two new
stores opened in Paw Paw this spring.
Now if Father will look around
secure me a place in one of them
or any other there as bookkeeper
Havens Letter: March 28 1866, Page: 4

Havens Letter: March 28 1866
Havens Letter: March 28 1866

and salesman I will come
to Paw Paw and settle down.
I want to keep books and am
willing to act as salesman. in
fact would rather do so than not
as then I would become acquainted
with the different qualties and
kinds of goods so that if it should
ever be my fortune to have an estab
lishment of my own I should be
qualified to attend to any part of the
business. I shall try to get away
from here by the first of May. and
if you can procure me a situation
I will certainly come by that time.
I shall change my boarding place
tomorrow morning as I can
get a place for five dollars a week
and I dont feel like paying six
any longer.
Write often as possible
Your Son
E R. Havens
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