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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie’s first letter began with a rant about the post office and then moved to plans for Christmas, her visit with Mr. Cohen, and a report of a nearby murder. She was feeling low when she wrote the second letter, which also covered the latest report on Cousin Gus and his family.

In his letter, Harry complained about the classes he was covering for Professor Barnes and the behavior of the dorm boys.

“Things are coming to a pretty pass if a person cant be safe to walk in the Streets of New York at night.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-29a

“I’d like to be quiet and listen to your dear voice and have you pet me as you used to last summer, when I felt as I do tonight.” Osborn, Effie 1885-10-29b

“I wish sometimes that Barnes affairs were in sheol.” Osborn, Henry 1885-10-29



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