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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter of the day was basically a note. In the second, he apologized for not bringing up his anti-plumage sentiment earlier and shared the rumor that the boarding situation might be improved in the fall.

Effie’s letter was devoted to a description of the new house and its tenants. The store she listed but misspelled was Acker, Merrall & Condit, which was a grocery at the time.

“I consider it little short of heroic for I hate the taste of oatmeal and never eat it because I like it[,] for I don’t[,] but merely as food.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-6a

“I am not afraid of any real harm exactly for you are very cool & capable of taking care of yourself & yet I feel better suited if you dont go out after hours alone.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-6b

“The block is a beautiful one, better if anything than the block we were on before.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-6


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