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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie and Harry both looked back on 1884 with fondness, looked ahead to the new new year, and commented on the unseasonably warm weather.

Effie wrote that she had added another student in Orange, New Jersey, and refused to give him the date of her birth. She mentioned a fish horn as being a noisemaker that night; these were apparently tin horns used by fish sellers. “The Private Secretary” was a farce by Charles Henry Hawtrey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Private_Secretary).

Harry went over the old days (again), disputed the claim that he was overworking, and explained why he wouldn’t be going to Chicago during the holiday break.

“I dont know much about men, for we haven’t any in our immediate family, so I only take other peoples word for it.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-31a

“It seems as tho’ bedlam was let loose.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-31b

“You know Darling that I dont for an instant wish that you had given me the slightest ground for hope in all this.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-31


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