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Charles E. Haven Letter to Annie (Earp) Haven

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1865

Charles Haven begins this letter to his wife, Annie (Earp) Haven, by explaining that he has been compelled to spend Christmas in Memphis, Tennessee rather than is St. Louis, Missouri as he had planned. After missing his intended boat to St. Louis, he boarded another craft that hoped to overtake the first boat. Mechanical problems compelled them to move slowly, and Haven only got as far as the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. While waiting for another boat, Haven encountered an Arab family and two bears, which interested him greatly. He changed his plans when the Peytoria, which he describes as the finest boat on the rivers, came through heading for New Orleans. Rather than continue to wait, Haven returned to Memphis. Although he does not like his current lodgings as well as the previous ones, he reports that he had a nice Christmas dinner and that the weather is good. Haven finishes by sending his best wishes to his family.

Dates

  • 1846 December 24

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Charles Haven begins this letter to his wife, Annie (Earp) Haven, by explaining that he has been compelled to spend Christmas in Memphis, Tennessee rather than is St. Louis, Missouri as he had planned. After missing his intended boat to St. Louis, he boarded another craft that hoped to overtake the first boat. Mechanical problems compelled them to move slowly, and Haven only got as far as the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. While waiting for another boat, Haven encountered an Arab family and two bears, which interested him greatly. He changed his plans when the Peytoria, which he describes as the finest boat on the rivers, came through heading for New Orleans. Rather than continue to wait, Haven returned to Memphis. Although he does not like his current lodgings as well as the previous ones, he reports that he had a nice Christmas dinner and that the weather is good. Haven finishes by sending his best wishes to his family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Edward Haven was born to Henry and Emma (Cullum) Haven in New Hampshire in 1813. He married Annie Trossel Earp in about 1839, and the couple had two daughters, Rebecca Earp and Laura S. (Haven) Means. Charles Haven died in Maine in 1890.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this letter in January of 1992.

Digitized Materials

This collection was digitized as part of the Tennessee Documentary History project. These digital materials can be accessed through the project’s webpage located at http://diglib.lib.utk.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=tdh;cc=tdh;tpl=home.tpl

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.1864: Charles E. Haven Letter to Annie (Earp) Haven, 1844 January 7-9

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480