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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie told Harry about a visit from their cousin Harry Cox, who had more information about the death of Armin Dufford. She was concerned about Harry’s family’s reaction to her purchase of the sealskin sacque and with her mother’s continued worry over finding a new house.

Harry gossiped in his first letter about some of his faculty friends and let Effie know that gossip about him had appeared in Purdue’s student newspaper. In the second letter, he complained about Miss Whipple, congratulated Effie on her handling of the encounter with the “crazy” man, and shared a story about his Aunt Mag’s bad luck.

“He is more complimentary than my Harry, for you say that I look a good deal older than I did when we became engaged.” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-19

“We are unhappy if we are merely in separate rooms.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-19a

“I can’t feel safe with you in the streets & trains & all about so much and me so far away.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-19b



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