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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In his first letter of the day, Harry talked about his piano practice and managing students. He urged Effie to find a list of the art that Mary J. Morgan had owned (you can read the catalogue at https://archive.org/details/artco00amer). The “Equine Paradox” that he mentioned was a circus act. In the next letter, he told Effie that Mrs. Stockton’s board had improved and he asked if Fritz could come to Purdue with him after Christmas.

Effie returned to happenings at her mother’s boarding house. She admitted that writing love letters was much easier for her now.

“I don’t play wild any more but find a great deal of difficulty in controlling the time & keep it even all through a movement.”  Osborn, Henry 1885-9-25a

“I have been slovening around in a pair of ancient pumps all the week and had to endure the gaze of every youngster for I couldn’t wear shoes all the time.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-25b

“How shocked our sisters would be if they could see all the above.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-25


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