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HLO Chauncy and Lafayette drawing

Harry’s drawing of the area around Purdue University, 11 Sep 1884

On this day Harry wrote several pages describing his emotions and thoughts since he realized he loved Effie. As a cousin (second rather than third, as he observed in the letter), she had spent time with his family in Madison, New Jersey. This visit was both a delight and a trial to him, as he wrestled with whether to declare his love.

Later in the letter, Harry described the grounds of Purdue University. Having decided to take a room offered in exchange for supervising the men’s dormitory, he talked about the furnishings he had purchased for it.

“I really believe that my confession was wrung out of me by the intensity of my despair.” Osborn, Henry 1884-9-12


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