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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry was still enjoying the winter weather. For the first time, he wrote about his smoking habit and told Effie about Miss Whinnery’s reaction to it. He also talked about his “menagerie of cold blooded animals” and the music scene in New York City.

Effie continued her account of her visit to Madison, New Jersey, revealing what Harry’s father had told her in confidence. She also gave Harry her teaching schedule.

“These frogs & turtles are all of them doomed to certain death.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-1

“My visit was delightful in every way but one, and that one exception wasn’t slight & unimportant by any means.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-1


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