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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In his first letter, Harry revealed his worry after receiving the letter from Effie’s mother. His second focused on their future living arrangements at Purdue. He also mentioned the inprovements the the new gardener was making there.

Effie, writing from Harry’s family’s home in Madison, New Jersey, concentrated on her visit there and on the location of their wedding

“If there had been no letter I should have telegraphed you[,] for 24 hours more of that sort of thing would have been more expensive than the telegrams.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-28a

“It will place you under the hoosier curiosity of these boors & they will be ten to one peering into the room through the curtains unless you are careful to keep them drawn night & day.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-28b

“Uncle Theo has offered his house, and says that if we are not married from my home, that we must be married in Montclair, that if we dont, he will feel hurt about it the rest of his life.” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-28



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