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Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans


Letter written on stationery of Dr. H. H. Schuhmann, 240 Wabash Avenue, Cor. Jackson St.

Chicago, Mch 7 1892

Dear friend Paul,

I owe you an apology for keeping you waiting for an answer, I have really been so busy that I could not make up my mind to do any writing. Even now my stomach is growling for its lunch. Paul to-day is my birth-day and I am 19 yrs. old. Getting pretty old but still in the ring. There is no news of interest to tell you of, but plenty of balls & every thing else going on. I cannot describe my intense delight at your poem. It is simply lovely. I can't express my feelings more or better. I may be in Dayton before long, but only for a short stay. Have you seen my photograph yet? I sent ma one. What is going on in Dayton? Tell mamma to please send me that part of the paper I mentioned. Love to your mamma and all of my friends, which are few. I have not written to Wm. Burns since I received your letter, so I presume you can value this one more than the one previous. Hoping an immediate reply I am Yours Truly

Eugenia Griffin

2919 Dearborn St.


P.S. If you condisend (condescend) to answer do so immediately for I may leave here almost immediately. I am undecided and want to change for a few months. May go farther west and stay for 3 or 4 months then return to C.



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Personal Correspondence


This item is part of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House collection at Ohio History Connection, Columbus, Ohio. The collection contains items from 219 N. Summit St., Dayton, Ohio (later 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.), the home Dunbar purchased for his mother, Matilda J. Dunbar, in 1904. Paul Laurence Dunbar lived there until his death in 1906; Matilda lived there until her death in 1934. It is now the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, part of the National Park Service.


Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans