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Guide to the George Wallis Haven Papers, 1845-1899

Collection number: MC 10

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About George Wallis Haven

George Wallis Haven (1808-1895) was a banker and scholar who resided in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1828 and received a law degree from Harvard in 1835. Haven served as a director of the Rockingham Bank for forty years, during which time he frequently lectured in Portsmouth. Haven traveled extensively throughout Europe and was particularly well-versed in German literature and political economies. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a personal friend of Haven’s — Haven’s sister Susan married Emerson’s brother William in 1838 — and on at least two occasions (November 20, 1838 and February 10, 1850) Emerson stayed with Haven in Portsmouth. George Haven died in Portsmouth, August 9, 1895, at the age of 87.

About the George Wallis Haven Papers

The George Wallis Haven Papers contain correspondence, documents, manuscripts of speeches, and business papers relating to Haven or members of his family. Of particular note is a letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson written in 1858.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Wallis Haven Papers, 1845-1899, MC 10, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: John Joseph Green Jr., Mar. 25, 1975 (Accession number: 45)

Related Material

George Wallis Haven’s Journal, Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, N.H. (603) 431-2538

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Brooks, Phillips, 1875 and undated
Box 1, Folder 2 Eliot, Charles W., 1889
Box 1, Folder 3 Emerson, Ralph Waldo, April 15, 1858
Box 1, Folder 4 Emery, James W., 1879 and 1884
Box 1, Folder 5 Halliburton, Georgina, 1848-1891
Box 1, Folder 6 March, Clement, 1874 and undated
Box 1, Folder 7 Parker, F.E.,1878
Box 1, Folder 8 Letters to Susan (Haven) Emerson, undated
Box 1, Folder 9 Miscellaneous Haven family letters, 1862
Box 1, Folder 10 Miscellaneous, 1857-1887

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11 “Capital Punishment”, 1851
Box 1, Folder 12 “The Union of Labor and Capital”, 1857

Series III: Miscellaneous

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 13 Receipts, 1845-1848
Box 1, Folder 14 Miscellaneous items, including a list of the papers found in Haven’s desk in 1899.