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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

After many months, Effie wrote of Remsen Schenck and his family again. She also told Harry of a visit from his mother.

Harry had returned to the site where he had come in contact with poison ivy, which he was now treated homeopathically. He held out hope for being able to be alone with Effie at Christmas. Although we can’t be certain, we believe the diary he mentioned is included in the Henry L. Osborn and Family Papers. Covering March 1877 to February 1879 and entitled “Reminiscences,” the title page of the diary includes this warning: “N.B. What I write in this book is strictly private. For no eyes but my own. If I feared that any one would pry into it I should lock it up. If any should be so dishonorable as to examine it that person may find things that will not flatter. I give fair warning.”

“My! If they should offer you $1600, or $1400, wouldn’t we be happy.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-26

“Today I bought some Rhus tox pills & have taken the first dose.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-26


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