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Harry's drawing of a planarian worm

Harry’s drawing of a planarian worm

Effie was in a teasing mood when she wrote today. She poked at Harry about overworking, again, and took him to task for calling her a hand organ. Her description of the street scenes at election time gives us a glimpse of what happened in a time when a majority of New York’s primaries and conventions were held in saloons.

Harry’s letter, which concentrated on his work, gives the reader a sense of his passion for it.

“I wonder if you’ll think me very fierce when you read it.” Osborn, Effie 1884-11-3

“I don’t think that I do enjoy teaching numskulls.” Osborn, Henry 1884-11-3


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