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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter was mostly an attempt to help Effie to overcome her blues. The second responded to Effie’s report on her mother, touched again on honeymoon plans, and gave her some news about happenings at Purdue.

Effie finally confessed that she had, indeed, been very blue.

“Darling I am so sorry you were feeling so badly.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-20a

“There was a dreary waste time sort of a Faculty meeting yesterday afternoon[,] one of the two hour meetings with nothing done at all worth mentioning.” Osborn, Henry 1886-2-20b

“I am feeling quite like my self today.” Osborn, Effie 1886-2-20


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