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Tippecanoe County Courthouse

Tippecanoe County Courthouse

Effie and Harry both doubled up on letters today.

In Effie’s first, she wrote about getting caught in a downpour and a reaction to the announcement of her engagement. The second gave an update of her frostbite and covered her dilemma about whether to buy a sealskin saque and her family’s reaction to Aunt/Cousin Mag’s request.

Harry wrote first about their longing for each other, the timing of telling Effie’s students about their engagement, and Mrs. Stockton’s repentance. He also enclosed the drawing seen above. In his second letter, he lauded the improvement in board and described the problem he’d been having with his eyes and the state of the roads in Chauncey.

“…‘Mamma dont you think it is funny that Miss Loag dont get married? She must see a great many gentlemen, & I should think they would all make love to her.’” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-11a

“I have had two lovely offers this week, but cant accept either of them.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-11b

“Last evening Miss Weed & I called upon Mrs Stockton at her request to talk over a letter she had received from Dr Smart.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-11a

“I want to tell you darling how I paralyzed a book agent yesterday.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-11b


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