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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter was mostly devoted to Effie’s inability to write about her feelings for him. The second responded to her latest letter and told her about the visits by Joseph F. Tuttle, president of Wabash College, and Miss Woodson, Miss Whipple’s friend.

Effie wrote about the weather, her neuralgia, and Edwin Reynolds’ new business venture.

“But Darling when it comes to your feelings for me there seems some thing or other in the way and you don’t let me often see far into your heart.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-21a

“We went up the river road and it was a muddy nasty drive & a total failure.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-21b

“You know I’m not very apt to approve of risks.” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-21



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