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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], 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); T.D. Ayres, May 2020.

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

Collection Contents

Series 1: Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Brooks, Phillips, 1875 and undated
Box 1, Folder 2Eliot, Charles W., 1889
Box 1, Folder 3Emerson, Ralph Waldo, April 15, 1858
Box 1, Folder 4Emery, James W., 1879 and 1884
Box 1, Folder 5Halliburton, Georgina, 1848-1891
Box 1, Folder 6March, Clement, 1874 and undated
Box 1, Folder 7Parker, F.E.,1878
Box 1, Folder 8Robinson, C.S., 1893-1894
Box 1, Folder 9Letters to Susan (Haven) Emerson, undated
Box 1, Folder 10Miscellaneous Haven family letters, 1831-1874
Box 1, Folder 11Miscellaneous, 1857-1887

Series 2: Manuscripts

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 12"Luke 10:15 Peace be to this House", 1848; “Capital Punishment”, 1851
Box 1, Folder 13“The Union of Labor and Capital”, 1857

Series 3: Miscellaneous

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 14Receipts and legal papers, 1845-1848
Box 1, Folder 15Miscellaneous items, including a list of the papers found in Haven’s desk in 1899.


Letters & Postcards
Manuscripts & Typescripts