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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

During their engagement, Harry and Effie’s worlds revolved around the letters they wrote and received. At that time, there were multiple mail deliveries during a day so they were always on the lookout for the next one.

“I have just a few moments before dinner & am determined to spend them with you. ” Osborn, Henry 1884-9-25

“Now you have gotten me in bad habits, & I cant keep my feelings to myself as I once could.” Osborn, Effie 1884-9-25


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