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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In a chatty letter, Harry talked about his work, a visit with Professor Barnes’ wife and his piano-playing habits.

In her first letter, Effie was still interested in concerts. In it we also finally learn the name of the woman who had offered the management of two boarding houses to Effie’s mother: Miss [Eva] Brumfield. Effie revealed in her second letter that there had been difficulties with Harry’s family during the summer.

“Huston seems quite contented in his bachelor life.” Osborn, Henry 1885-9-29

“We usually like the second class cooks much better than the first class….” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-29a

“I never saw such large pods, and mamma is surprised to find that Indiana can raise better milkweeds than Jersey & she thinks it cant be such a dreadful place after all.” Osborn, Effie 1885-9-29b



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