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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie wrote a short letter on her birthday because she was tired.

Harry wrote about the proposed house and included a few bits of Purdue news. William Cumback, who had lectured there, had actually served as Indiana’s lieutenant governor rather than its governor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cumback).

“I had beastly lessons from the word go.” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-10

“I am very glad you bought it & you mustnt think I feel reluctant over it for I dont at all.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-10


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