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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Although Effie responded to several things in Harry’s recent letters, her main subject was whether she wrote about subjects that bored him.

Harry’s first letter concentrated on their feelings for each other and for friends and those of their families. The second contained news about happenings at Purdue, especially around the issue of secret societies.

“I dont see why you need beg my pardon for any thing that you write about, and as for this particular thing, I cant for the life of me see what was wrong about it.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-15

“Maybe I shall in time be able to keep quieter & more decent before folks but I doubt even that.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-15a

“I have found out that I was criticized for getting back so late.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-15b



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