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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Chastised by Effie’s mild response, Harry apologized for being cranky about not receiving as many letters as he wanted. He worried about her returning late in the evening after giving lessons in Orange but praised her for being a conscientious teacher. You can read about Charles Victor Cherbuliez, who he references in this regard, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Cherbuliez.

Although Effie had had a three-letter day, she had time to write only a brief one to Harry. She let him know of her plans to play duets with one of the Cohen daughters and reassured him again about his family’s feelings regarding their engagement.

“I think that a woman can paddle her own canoe….” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-13

“I am writing now for all I am worth for mamma informed me awhile ago that I must come to bed.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-13



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