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Harry's drawing of his bed

Harry’s drawing of his bed

Two of the four letters written today were short.

Harry’s first one was just a note to include with the “covers” he was sending Effie. In the second, he misquoted Pope, explained his housekeeping situation, and identified the potential boarder, who knew him at Johns Hopkins University.

Effie’s first letter was also the short one, as she planned to write a longer one that evening. In both, she talked about the house in Montrose that her mother might rent, her piano lessons, and a visitor from California, her cousin Mary Virginia “Mame” Beans.

“You see that I have to tell you that every thing I give you is cheap.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-18a

“I write about it & write about it but I never seem to get tired of the subject.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-18b

“Mamma likes the house at Montrose better than anything she has seen and it seems the only thing really.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-18a

“I may as well own up after writing all this, that I have felt hurt and sore about this, and I am not over it yet.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-18b


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