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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie wrote of her disappointment at not getting a letter today, of the move, and of their wedding date.

In his first letter, Harry, apparently, sent Effie fabric samples to consider for his wedding suit. According to his second letter, it took him as much time to write as it did Effie. He also let her know that he had been busy arranging the Purdue’s collection of shells.

“Nearly every one I know, who moves has every thing ready for a start two or three weeks before they move, & the last two weeks they haven’t a single thing to do, and as every thing is torn up, they are as uncomfortable as possible, & I dont see the sense in being upset so long.” Osborn, Effie 1886-4-18

“I cant rest on my laurels because I havent any on which to rest & because I must be earning more.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-18a

“The tax on our barrel is $81.90. The cost of the barrel of alcohol is $24.00 so you see the tax would make the alcohol pretty dear, if we didn’t get it removed.” Osborn, Henry 1886-4-18b


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