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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter was full of details from his life at Purdue, including problems with the timing of meals, the departure of Miss Irwin, calls on friends, and having dyspepsia. He also let Effie know that he was having difficulty in writing a letter to her mother. The second letter was mostly a response to letters from Effie, although he also told her about a scheme to earn more money during the next school year.

“I intend to work a reform here & force Mrs. S. to put dinner at night.” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-14a

“Do you think that my creed forces me to believe that when things go hard here it is because Heaven & Earth are allied against us?” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-14b


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