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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In their excitement at being near the end of their separation, Effie and Harry doubled up on letters, though Harry’s second one way very short.

First, Effie wrote about her hopes for Harry’s future. Then, she reported some muddles and expressed her hope that Harry would be able to shave before his arrival.

Harry admitted that his finger was worse than he had originally reported and consoled Effie about forgetting to mail a letter. The second letter was just a note to tell her to forget about that mishap.

“I dont wonder you feel disgusted with Purdue.” Osborn, Effie 1885-12-15a

“I wonder if I am going crazy, or if not, what does ail me.” Osborn, Effie 1885-12-15b

“Darling I had already followed your command about the Hamamelis.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-15a

“Don’t worry darling because you forgot my letter.” Osborn, Henry 1885-12-15b



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