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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie wrote about health, hers and Harry’s, and her mother’s concern that Harry was going to have to sleep in the bathroom.

In his first letter, Harry talked of going out to dinner with Professor Huston, after writing loving thoughts. The second proved that Effie need not have berated herself for forgetfulness. In it, he took Effie to task for implying that his sister Sue was a bad Christian.

“If your salt & turpentine hasn’t settled it before this letter reaches you, you had better use my remedy, hot Ponds Extract.” Osborn, Effie 1885-12-13

“I enjoyed it so very much for our suppers are so meager & the everlasting fried potatoes so borous.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-13a

“Darling there is one thing you some times say in this connection which I never like to read.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-13b


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