Love In an Envelope (Nonfiction)

 Edited by Daniel Tyler with Betty Henshaw, University of New Mexico Press, $34.95, Hardcover.
 Edited by Daniel Tyler with Betty Henshaw, University of New Mexico Press, $34.95, Hardcover.

Imagine the thrill for a professor of Western history to discover a box of letters dating from 1870-72. As Daniel Tyler cautiously opened the correspondence between 27-year-old Leroy Carpenter and 17-year-old Iowa schoolteacher Martha Bennett, he realized he held the voices of emerging love, as well as articulate social commentary. Shortly after meeting Martha in Iowa, Leroy moved to Greeley, Colorado, as part of the pro-temperance Union Colony Pioneers. As revealed in this collection of 54 letters, their intimacy grew and the sweethearts shared views on everything from religion to the women’s vote. Leroy built a house, began to homestead and, 16 months later, returned to Iowa to marry Martha. In 1922, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

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