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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In spite of planning on waiting until summer to discuss the issue, Effie let Harry know how hurt she had been by his attitude toward her livelihood. She talked more about her cousins’ experiences in New Orleans and told him that Cousin Gus had been involved in the financial machinations that had lost the money of investors, including her mother.

For a change, Harry wrote about what had been happening at Purdue, as well as his philosophy about art.

“I was too shocked and pained to learn he was a rascal & I couldn’t say very much.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-19

“The moral significance of any art work is bound to move me in my enjoyment of it as a work of art & if this teaching is bad I can’t approve the work.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-19


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