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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie decided to open up to Harry about the main reason she couldn’t write more frequently: her mother’s jealousy over the time it took away from her. In spite of that, she promised to write twice a week. She refused the offer of an engagement ring, believing that it would be a waste to money to try to emulate the wealthy.

Harry’s mood was still elevated and he recalled the early days of their correspondence, regretting the he didn’t have all her letters. He encouraged serious study of Beethoven’s symphonies and was determined to keep up with her and Bessie Stoddart in that. He also related some praise from Purdue’s president, which he had heard secondhand.

“’Least said, soonest mended,’ rather an odd motto for me, but in this case it seems to be the best.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-26

“I feel that our very souls cleave together and almost annihilate space & time.” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-26


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