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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry returned to the mundane in this letter, writing of the tobacco bag and neckties he wanted Effie to make for him, the piano his family hoped to buy and Purdue finances, among other topics. Effie was worn out after spending the day at Rem’s and trying to counter Carrie Stuart’s influence there. Langdon was Rem’s second child, who was about two.

“O Effie I could not understand you in spite of our long acquaintance as the few recent months have shown you to me. Osborn, Henry 1885-2-1

“I have been in Harlem nearly all day & have passed the most miserable & unhappy Sunday.” Osborn, Effie 1885-2-1


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