Charles Osborn Papers
114 cubic foot
Provenance: The Charles Osborn Papers were given to the 0hio ' Historical
Society i n 1942 by William E. Osborn of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Property rights: Property rights to t h i s collection are held by the
Ohio Historical Society.
Access: Access to t h i s collection is open under the regulations of the
Archives- Manuscripts Division of the Ohio Historical Society.
Citation: An example of the suggested c i t a t i o n for manuscripts i n . this
collection is as follows:
Journal of Charles Osborn, p. 111/ Charles Osborn Papers,
MSS 33/ Box 1, Folder 6, Ohio Historical Society. -
Biographical Sketch: Charles Osborn ( 1775- 1850) was a Quaker preacher
and an abolitionist who lived i n Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana,
During the years 1806- 1840 he traveled extensively i n the United States
as well as BYitain and Europe. A t M t . Pleasant, Ohio i n 1817 and 1818
he published The Philanthropist, a paper p a r t i a l l y dedicated to the
abolition of slavery. For more information, see the Dictionary of
Scope and Content: The Charles Osborn Papers comprise journals, 1808-
1833, 1850; incoming correspondence of Charles' son, Parker B. O~ born,
1871- 1889; and miscellaneous items. The handwritten journals ( two
bound volumes and 10 p a r t i a l gatherings) give an account of Charles'
travels through the United States, where he preached a t Quaker meetings,
as well as through England and Europe. They were printed a s Journal
of that f a i t h f u l servant of Christ, Charles Osborn ... by Achilles Pugh
i n Cincinnati, i n 1854.
The correspondence to Parker B. Osborn is primarily from W. P. Garrison,
George Julian, and Edward D. Mansfield, a l l seeking information about
Charles for a r t i c l e s o r books they planned to write.
' Five short handwritten essays of unknown authorship from 1838- 1839 on
subj ect s such as h he Philadelphia Mob, " " Slave- Breeding i n the South,"
and " Armistad Case," and t h r e e ink drawings of underground railroad
scenes constitute t h e miscellaneous material. & i
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