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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In her first letter, Effie reported on the servant situation, her visit with Harry’s sister Sue, and his sister Carrie’s ideas about love. She also lamented over the small amount of time they had been together since they became engaged. In the second letter, she told Harry about a fire scare in the boarding house and how she was managing her mother.

Harry’s letter detailed his concern for her health and his father’s. He also covered a quirk of his aunt Mag’s, Chauncey’s dog population, plans for their honeymoon, and the continued illness at Purdue.

“Sue was wild over my presents when I showed them to her the other day. She said she tho’t I was the luckiest girl.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-7a

“Well we have just had a big excitement.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-7b

“I hated awfully to kill her. It is a hideous part of my profession & has to be done but I hate always to do it.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-7


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