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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

A bad headache kept Effie from writing more than a note before dinner. Afterward, she felt up to several sheets. In that second letter, she filled Harry in on Jule and Mr. Artz, a bargain she had found for her mother’s Christmas present and her feeling about mugwumps.

In his first letter, Harry wrote about the offer of a honeymoon retreat and recalled their meeting on the Hudson River. In the second, he complained about having to entertain John H. Holliday (http://indianajournalismhof.org/1967/01/john-h-holliday/) and promised not to see or write his friend Belle, as long as Effie was upset with her.

“If I had had a lot of bad lessons today I would be about used up but fortunately they all did splendidly, so I am not nervous a bit.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-18a

“…[A]fter we are married I wont let you vote for a Democrat.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-18b

“I used to dream of such a honeymoon for myself & wife in the woods away from people where we could sing our sweet song all day long & fear no one.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-18a

“I hate the duty of show man to the ordinary visitor.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-18b


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