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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter of the day he meant to be a surprise for Effie. In it, he took her to task for trying to build a trousseau of clothes to last ten years. In the second, he recounted a humorous incident involving the father of a new student.

“Are you going to kill yourself almost so as to have lot of things when you are married.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-30a

“As we went up stairs Miss Weed came out of her room to investigate the tramp of mens feet in the womens court & as she saw me portering she “smole a smile.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-30b



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