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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Although still blue, Harry tried to look at the positives in his situation. The prospects of making a call with the Misses Weed and Elder and of playing music with some students helped lighten his outlook.

Effie asked Harry in her first letter to delay having his music bound until she could add to it and she let him know of her latest music exploits. In the second, she granted him freedom from scales, dropped hints about his Christmas present and lamented not being able to attend the funeral of Cardinal John McCloskey [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCloskey]. How Jennie Mead was related to Harry is still a mystery.

“I am a success at my pursuit and all my time has not been thrown away.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-13

“Now my darling I expect you to be very much pleased with my prudence, and you cant call me careless after that.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-13a

“So you are discouraged over the scales are you?” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-13b



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