Joseph Haven Letters, 1816-1818
Joseph Haven was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1757 to Samuel Haven, Jr. and Abigail Marshall. His early relatives settled in Lynn, Massachusetts before 1644 and remained there until Joseph's grandfather, the Rev. Samuel Haven, moved the family to New Hampshire around 1750.
Joseph Haven married Elizabeth Wentworth on October 10, 1784. After her death, Joseph married Sarah Greenleaf. Elizabeth's sister, Ann Neveson Wentworth, married Captain John Wardrobe. The recipient of the collection's correspondence is Ann's daughter and Joseph's niece, Elizabeth Haven Wardrobe. Elizabeth and Joseph shared a close relationship evinced by the fact that Elizabeth named her first born son, Joseph Haven Thatcher.
The six manuscript letters, written to niece Elizabeth H. Wardrobe, often contain advice, in particular on her health and her faith in God. One of the letters was written not by Joseph, but by Sarah Greenleaf Haven, his second wife. They also include information about mutual friends and relatives, arrangements for the delivery of mail by private individuals traveling from Portsmouth to Concord where Elizabeth lived, and arrangements for Elizabeth to come visit the Havens. The mail is always sent "care of" a Samuel Green, Esquire, but why that was so is not explained in the letters.