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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s main subject was letters – his, Effie’s and his family’s. He also wrote more about why they shouldn’t marry at Christmas.

“Purdue has made us suffer enough.  Let us pay her up a little.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-27a

“Darling I don’t know that I ought to allow myself to put any confidence at all in letters.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-27b


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