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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In her first letter of the day, Effie finally wrote Harry about the concert she had attended. She also told him that Mr. Artz had shared some thoughts on marriage. Charlie Uebelacker, who interrupted her writing, was a cousin of both Harry and Effie. Effie’s second letter covered her feelings about asking Harry for money and included a continuation of the discussion about Harry’s friend Belle.

Harry wrote about changes in personnel at Purdue and the demise of the anti-slang society. He also confessed to having a small amount of whiskey on hand.

“He has an idea of marrying if he is able to.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-22a

“Of course I’ll have to get over this some time, but my theory is that it will be time enough to begin after we are married.” Osborn, Effie 1885-11-22b

“There have been several changes among the employees about which I must tell you.” Osborn, Henry 1885-11-22


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