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Harry's drawing of a mussel

Harry’s drawing of a mussel

In his first letter, Harry denied being bored by any part of Effie’s letters. He also wrote about his assessment of homeopathy and allopathy. The second letter, besides talking about his mussel expedition, covered a trip to the Chauncey skating rink and another possible career path.

Effie wrote two long letters, the first mainly about likely piano students and the second devoted to how big their wedding would be.

“Now Darling don’t conjure up any more of these goblins.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-4a

“On Friday afternoon I went out for another collecting trip but this time it was on the river at a place where mussels are to be found and where no Rhus Toxicodendron luxuriates.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-4b

“I dont usually give music lessons on Sunday. I wonder if I have been very heathenish today.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-4a

“…it is an awful bore to have no place to call my own….” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-4b


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