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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry continued to dread new catastrophes and, of course, long for summer. In the second letter he wrote today, he tried to explain why his situation at Purdue was not as bad as Effie felt it was.

Effie wrote briefly to let Harry know that things were going well and that she, Jule and Carrie had even had time to play Skat.

“I don’t know why I put faith enough in your promises to write at any particular time to be disappointed when you fail to keep the promise but it is so.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-8a

“I know Darling that you believe in the value of the service I can offer but learning to the average of mankind is like the pearl cast before swine.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-8b

“Mamma is flourishing.” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-8


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