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This letter is about Lydia Osborn who disappeared in a woods near her home and was never found. A little girl friend who was with her was found late the first night. The search for Lydia lasted 42 days and her father continued bravely for 19 years in the search. He died a broken-hearted old man bowed with grief. He had inquired from many Indian tribes and settlements up and down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and the Ohio towns but she was never found. Abstract Number - 247
Lydia Osborn disappearance; General Ministry; Indian Agency
Raper, W.H., "Letter from W.H. Raper to James B. Finley" (1845). Finley Letters. 246.