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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie showed rare sympathy for the working class in her first letter. By the time she wrote her second letter of the day, she may have had less sympathy, as she suffered the effects of walking home. That letter also covered a new plan for writing letters, more on music binding and her visit with Harry’s family, and plans for their honeymoon.

Harry wrote about changes in his schedule and the possibility that he might have to teach Latin during the next school year. He asked Effie to look at some books that might be good purchases for their future library.

“The men didn’t strike for more pay, but for shorter hours.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-4a

“My feet are in a fearful state, and I haven’t had chilblains so dreadfully for years, and this isn’t all that ails me.  I froze both my ears.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-4b

“I should have taken care of him if he had had a single particle of dog virtue to recommend him but he had a first trial & the best thing he can do for his country is show where the biceps & the triceps[,] the serratus magnus & pectoralis major & other muscles too numerous to mention are to be found.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-4


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