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Harry's Valentine's Day drawing

Harry’s Valentine’s Day drawing

Effie’s letter is quite long even with at least one page missing. The gap leaves us with a mystery about Harry’s father. She also wrote about her mother’s plans for the year, flunking the exam Harry had sent, and choosing their wedding party. Past and upcoming entertainments were included, too.

Harry’s first letter was mainly a love letter. He went on to write about Miss Stockton’s poor piano-playing, the prospect of a poor sermon, and his plan for a comic valentine. The second letter contained just a note from the 14th and was continued on the 15th. Its subject was Charles Egbert Craddock’s The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountain, which Harry was reading.

“Here is your Valentine darling, not much in the way of beauty but I know it is the kind you’d rather have.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-14

“I should be so glad to have some good music. I languish for it.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-14a

“Now Darling I must begin to stop for I mustn’t go over this sheet.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-14b


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