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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry wrote of letters from others in today’s short letter to Effie. An outing to see “Victor Durand” (she was right about it being a hit) and the fire mentioned below kept Effie’s first letter shorter than she liked. In the second letter, she returned to the subject of Harry overworking and claimed that she had a old friend at Purdue who knew all about him.

“This sentence is as involved as some of yours.” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-4

“Can you imagine my horror, when I opened my door & stopped into my room, to see the house opposite in flames?” Osborn, Effie 1885-1-4a

“Your letter of New Years Eve reached me yesterday morning, and perhaps that letter is partly to blame for my not getting time to write yesterday morning.” Osborn, Effie 1885-1-4b


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