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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry was sorry he couldn’t help Effie overcome her continued sorrow over the death of her cousin Minnie, which had happened a year before. He also wrote more about the possibilities of work for her mother at Purdue.

Effie’s first letter was just a note to go with the piece of wedding cake she was expressing to him. Most of the second letter followed up on the gift of the cake but the third was more substantial, dealing with her thoughts of Minnie, her friendship with Ada, a compliment his sister Carrie had received, and her own lesson schedule.

“But Darling if it seems best for us to come here & leave the others behind I know that we can be very happy together.” Osborn, Henry 1886-1-18

“We dont either of us seem to brace up, & this separation seems to be terrible, if any thing, more so than any we have had.” Osborn, Effie 1886-1-18a

“It is my cake and you are eating it for me, & you haven’t anything to say about it.” Osborn, Effie 1886-1-18b

“Anyone to look over your letters at and some future time, & see three letters from me dated Jan. 18th 1886, would think me pretty faithful about writing,….” Osborn, Effie 1886-1-18c



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