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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Today, Effie told Harry how hard to was to be away from him and how she worried that he was overworking. In answer to an earlier letter, she gave him the initials of Col. L.L. Langdon, who was married to another of Effie’s second cousins. More about Langdon can be found at http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/38038.

Harry described his boarding situation, including food and fellow diners.

“They say people are never satisfied, but it seems to me that if you were where I could see you often I would be perfectly happy & satisfied.” Osborn, Effie 1884-9-30

“You have no idea of the civilizing effect upon the boys of the presence of about ten girls distributed about two to each table.” Osborn, Henry 1884-9-30


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