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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s sister Mag was visiting Effie. The latter also wrote about changes at the boarding house and the antics of her young cousin, Ten Eyck.

Harry wrote in his first letter about plans for their future at Purdue. The second focused on dinner at the Vinnedges’ and Mrs. Stockton’s meals.

“It was such a miserable kind of a storm, nasty wet snow, which one cant protect oneself against, for it blows in under an umbrella & gets all over everything, & melts as soon as it settles, & wets one worse than rain does.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-4

“When you come under my charge I am going to watch you so close that you shall not have a cold any oftener than I do which this winter has been never for I havent had a hard cold this winter & I think I may add last Winter also.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-4a

“Maggie has shown that she has fine qualities I think by her conduct toward Mr. Schenck but I don’t take a great deal of stock in her sincerity as one of them.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-4b



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