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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry was feeling less blue and was very happy with Effie’s appreciation of the book he had made for her. He reported on “enjoying” some music with Mrs. Vinnedge and updated Effie on his sister Sue’s eyes.

In her first letter, Effie told Harry about shopping with his mother. According to The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles, the Rhadames fabric they bought is “a strong, lustrous silk or silk and cotton fabric made in a twill or sometimes satin weave, interlaced so as to give an indefinite twill line.” Her other news was the death of his mother’s brother, Watson Hedenberg. The second letter was all about the house her mother was taking.

“Last night the girls entertainment was very pleasant.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-8

“I enjoyed your mother’s & Mag’s visits so very very much.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-8a

“Darling you asked me whole lot of questions the other day, & I have not had a chance to answer them yet, and now I know you’d rather hear about mamma’s arrangements than to have me tell you about Ada & the Ellises & Mr. Z[erfass]. etc. etc. so I’ll leave your questions for another time, & tell you now about mamma’s plans.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-8b



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