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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter put forth his plan for the bored botany students. In his second, he talked about his wish to make biology pay and about a lecture on yeast, among other topics.

Effie defended her mother against Harry’s charge of ingratitude in her first letter and explained what had been going on at the boarding house since his departure. Her second letter covered her piano lesson schedule and her envy of her friend Ada’s situation.

“Darling what a precious treasure house of blissful memories our summer has been to us.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-8a

“I wish I could find some way of getting at the people’s pockets.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-8b

“Her excuse, about not having time, isn’t all bosh.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-8a

“The new cook is not only green, but is as stupid as they make them, and I dont believe mamma can knock any thing into her thick head.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-8b



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