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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In the main, Harry and Effie continued to worry over their misunderstandings and needs. Effie also wrote of her disappointment in “Don Giovanni” and of a disturbing dream. The Judge Vinton, whom Harry mentions, was David P. Vinton, a noted Indiana jurist; the archives at Purdue University holds two letters written by Albert W. Stahl, the professor who was to marry Vinton’s daughter. We have been unable to determine what a “gossamer,” the garment that Harry urges Effie to take with her when she’s traveling to her piano lessons, is. There was a type of hat at the time called that but we must assume that Effie wore a hat whenever she was out, anyway.

“I think in your heart you will find that you would be unhappy in the future if you felt I had come between you and the success you would have won if you had been able to carry out your plans.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-13

“You really I believe cannot understand it for you have my letters and you have all your amusements & your friends beside but I am dependent almost utterly upon your letters.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-13


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