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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

With the help of Harry’s sister Carrie, things were looking up in New York. In her first letter, Effie again urged Harry to leave Purdue as soon as the term was over and cautioned him about planning for a Christmas wedding. In the second, she wrote that her mother was taking it easy after getting up the day before. She also talked of Carrie’s plan to study medicine. For more on the women she cites see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belva_Ann_Lockwood and http://www.feministsforlife.org/dr-charlotte-denman-lozier-1844-1870/.

Harry ranted again about Remsen Schenck and then went on to Emily Loag’s health and his love for Effie.

“You must take every good thing that comes in your way, & not let one thing slip.  If you do, I will be very angry about it.” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-7a

“There are many things I like about it, but my main objection to that sort of thing is that it is apt to take all the womanliness out of one.” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-7b

“I can’t tell you what he has made me suffer this year & still it goes on & he torments you.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-7


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