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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie had time for just a short letter, in which she wrote about a trip to Prospect Park (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prospect_Park_(Brooklyn)).

Harry’s first letter covered a musical session with Professor Huston, a gathering to introduce the new Methodist minister Dr. Marine, and his continuing problem with practising scales. In the second, he rejoiced over meeting the assistant state geologist and wrote of an upcoming outing to look for fossils. Margaret Mather, whom he mentions, was a Canadian actress (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Mather).

“The Park is beautiful, and in many respects I like it much better than Central Park.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-17

“I used to think all sort of dreadful things about that Mr. What is his name at Warwick who was so lively & entertaining & was in momentary terror lest he would gobble you up.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-17a

“As soon as I got him into the collection I found out at once that I had a bonanza….” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-17b



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