Such Harmony

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

For Harry, it was a good news/bad news day. He had an usher pinned down but it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to leave as early as he had hoped.

Effie had intended to write a long letter but she was too tired and had had problems with the oil lamp. However, she did let Harry know that his sister Carrie had been very happy with his response to her engagement.

“If you will wait to address the envelopes until I get home I can do the whole three hundred in a couple of nights.” Osborn, Henry 1886-6-3

“…she said that you & I had done a great deal to bring such happiness about, & that she tho’t our engagement had done wonders for them, and had some how or other been a blessing to them all.” Osborn, Effie 1886-6-3

 

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I Want It Impressive

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie wrote to approve of Harry’s packing plan and to let him know that his sister Carrie’s engagement was now official, although her fiancé’s parents didn’t know about it, yet.

“I had another letter from mamma and f she is still in a peck of trouble, and so my last hope of her coming has been given up.” Osborn, Effie 1886-6-2

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Half Insane

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In his first letter, Harry ruminated on his sister Carrie’s engagement and how it would affect their family. He apologized in his second for the jab at Effie about other people’s looks. In both letters, he asked her to plan for his arrival, even though he had no set plans himself.

“I like him and have contemplated this thing for some time as satisfactory if it should come about.” Osborn, Henry 1886-6-1a

“But I can’t keep straight all the time & when I was so crooked I hurt you whom I love best in all the world.” Osborn, Henry 1886-6-1b

 

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A Stunner

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry wrote in reaction to Carrie’s engagement, while Effie thought ahead to all that needed to be done for their wedding.

“I had given up all hopes of that match.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-31

“Darling I dont know what to say about the ushers.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-31

 

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Looks

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie was incensed about the teasing in Harry’s letter of May 26.

“I think you were in a bad mood when you wrote it.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-30

 

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Alexander On The Watch

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry assured Effie that he would leave as soon as he could. He also recounted the activities of the day, which included a row on the canal with Professor Huston.

“But Darling you are wrong when you reason that the professors can all clear out the instant that school closes for the students.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-29

 

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A Great Quandry

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie continued to be preoccupied with Carrie’s engagement.

Harry had decided to pack all his things, in case he didn’t return. The Sapolio he mentioned was a soap that Effie would have used to clean any silver they received as wedding presents.

“I know darling that you’ll be anxious to hear about the latest developments, and I want to keep you posted.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-28

“We had a cyclone here today[,] a moral cyclone[,] a visit from about seventy five teachers[,] mostly ladies who are attending some sort of a convention at a place 25 miles hence.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-28

 

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A Startling Piece Of News

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie presented a strong case in her first letter for Harry leaving as soon as possible after classes ended. Her second was filled with Carrie’s unexpected engagement.

Harry’s conversation with Michael Golden the day before had kept him from writing Effie on the 26th. More about Golden and other members of Purdue’s faculty during Harry’s time there can be found in A Century and Beyond: The History of Purdue University by Robert W. Topping.

“I dont feel it, & cant feel it, and never will feel it, and wont be at all reconciled to it.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-27a

“Isn’t it funny that they should stumble around just after Carrie’s proposal as they did after the news reached here about our engagement.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-27b

“Golden is a man I take a great interest in.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-27

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A Bird In Damp Weather

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Although Harry began his first letter by claiming to be much happier after receiving a letter from Effie, the letter was still tinted blue. Their wedding was the subject of the second and he claimed not to understand the “rumpus” about it and all the preparations.

“Have I been a Jobs comforter?” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-26a

“I shall someday go to a large party with you & we shall there make a promise to always live together & be good to each other.” Osborn, Henry 1886-5-26b

 

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A Very Elegant Wedding Present

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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie had survived today’s company and took the few moments she had to herself to write.

“I want you to stick to Purdue unless some thing better offers.” Osborn, Effie 1886-5-25

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