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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

The strain Effie had been living under caused what she believed to be a recurrence of malaria. In spite of her illness, she found time to write Harry about the difficulty finding fabric suitable for his neckties and a visit with his sister Sue.

In his first letter, Harry recalled his experiences with Southern cooking and his belief that the two of them could have found things of interest to see in New Orleans and on the trip there. In the second, he wrote that she must stop people from interfering with their letter writing, that his sister Mag had written a welcoming letter about her, and that an appropriation for Purdue was threatened by a legislator who refused to learn anything about the university.

“It was a genuine malarial chill & she sent at once for quinine.” Osborn, Effie 1885-2-4

“The eternal practice of frying everything used to wear me out.” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-4a

“If any man should insinuate that I was foolish for loving you I should knock him down or get knocked down according to our relative size….” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-4b


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