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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s need for daily letters was again a topic today. It seemed obvious to him that Effie should just put her foot down and demand the time she needed for them. She declined to be provoked by his demand and explained her position once again.

Harry had another complaint about not receiving letters, this time from his family. Were they secretly upset about the engagement? Harry also had a position to explain – his previous statement about Lillie Buttz Clark. In doing so, he revealed more about his relationship with her.

In her letter, Effie told Harry about possible new students in Orange, New Jersey. According to the 1880 Federal Census, Effie’s mother ran a boarding house in Orange so Effie probably knew the Carey family from that time.

“I think that you have just got to take a stand on this matter of writing to me….” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-10

“I found another reproof awaiting me on my return from Orange tonight.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-10


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