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Harry Osborn's trunk, image by CT Ryan Photography

Harry Osborn’s trunk, image by CT Ryan Photography

Effie meant to write about the trip but covered very little of it. Instead, she lamented that she hadn’t had the nerve to ask Rem for an opportunity to see Harry during it. However, she did tell him about the bad track conditions from New Orleans to Cincinnati and about the Mann Boudoir Car that they rode in. The Miss Stuart she mentions will turn up many times in future letters but her connection to the Schenck family is unclear.

Harry wrote a cheerful letter, mentioning the loss of Minnie only obliquely. The trunk he mentioned in the letter, which is shown above, housed the letters in the Henry L. Osborn and Family Papers when they were donated to Hamline University. It is also part of the archival collection.

“I’m too independent for my own good, but I cant get down off this high horse of mine.” Osborn, Effie 1885-1-27

“I am so domestic[,] so fond of a home that this longing for home of my own is very strong in me.” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-27


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The Henry L. Osborn and Family Papers are owned by Hamline University and may not be published or extensively quoted without the written consent of the Hamline University Archives (Hamline University, 1356 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104; 651-523-2080; archives@hamline.edu).