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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

After delaying writing for a number of days, Harry opened up about how he had been suffering because Effie hadn’t been writing every day. He proposed that they reveal their engagement so her reason for writing could be shared publicly, though he said that he didn’t want to pressure her into it. The Blair that he refers to is James G. Blair, who was running for U.S. president (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_G._Blaine).

Unaware of Harry’s current turmoil, Effie reminisced about their earliest correspondence (beginning even before they met) and explained the latest reasons why her letter would be late. Her uncle Ten Eyck Snyder, who was one cause, is missing from the published Snyder family genealogy and I have been unable to link him in other ways. She also talked about her pleasure in practicing duets with her friend Bessie Stoddart.

“This is a wild mad letter.” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-23

“Will I ever forget how shocked mamma was.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-23


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