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Harry's sketch of the arrangement in the top drawer of his bureau

Harry’s sketch of the arrangement in the top drawer of his bureau

Harry detailed his efforts to keep warm in his room and talked about his bad grooming habits. He also extolled “Pat the janitor,” who kept his room in shape.

Effie admitted that her letters had been insufficient to Harry’s needs but took him to task for one accusation. She talked about her health, their future housekeeping dreams and the gold mine her family partly owned (which many years later they bought outright) http://mapcarta.com/23466930.

“When I get you to take care of me I shan’t bother about these things any more. You will just put the clothes away when they come home & get out what you think I ought to wear & it will be the greatest relief to be rid of these things.” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-10

“Tho’ you did heap coals of fire, I could not help being thankful for every coal.” Osborn, Effie 1885-2-10


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