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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie’s letter today is incomplete. The pages we have are devoted to a critique of ministers.

The “dormitory case” continued to be an issue at Purdue. Harry also wrote about his health. His mention of Morris Plains is a reference to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greystone_Park_Psychiatric_Hospital).

“My main reason for wanting to stay home from church in the A.M. was so that I could write to you, but I must own that I would not have been wild to go and listen to Mr. Knowles under any circumstances.” Osborn, Effie 1886-3-29

“The systematic use of a stimulant[,] especially an alcoholic stimulant[,] is contrary to my morals.” Osborn, Henry 1886-3-29


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