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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Most of Harry’s first letter was about the inadequacy of letters. In the second, he wrote about the exposure of Mrs. Stockton’s fare to Dr. Smart and his work on a new herbarium.

Effie was pleased to have received the missing letter, the one sent to Madison. She also expressed her happiness that they had had no misunderstandings since Harry returned to Purdue.

“I spent a pleasant evening with Misses E.[,] W. & Wh. & Huston at Miss Jones’ last evening.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-6a

“It takes away a great part of my pleasure in a meal if I do not have congenial company.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-6b

You may feel very different about it, but I will only say, when you get me a dog dont get a black and tan.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-6


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