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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s letter was mostly written in response to Effie’s latest letters. He also wrote about the newspaper coverage of the “fracas” and his sister Mag’s last letter. You can read about the actress Mary Anderson at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Anderson_(actress,_born_1859). The other actress he mentioned was probably Louise Pomeroy, who hasn’t merited an online biography.

Effie was worried that the “boys” would find her letters in Harry’s room and she urged Harry to give the faculty a “big dose” in response to the “fracas.” She also wrote again about her feelings for Harry’s sisters and Sue’s less than Christian attitude toward her.

“Things worth having usually cost something & I am glad you are not one of the listless variety but that you believe in striving.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-28

“I would enjoy having a room alone more than any luxury I can think of.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-28


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