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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry and Effie continued to struggle to understand each other and to find the best plan for writing as often as possible.

Harry enclosed material from Frederick Crowest’s The Great Tone Poets and revealed that he and Miss Weed and Miss Elder were reading Little Dorrit together. He reduced Mrs. Morrell, who had reneged on Effie’s piano lessons, to a morel.

Effie stated again her belief that they must continue to talk about their feelings no matter how painful it was. She also noted that she was using the pen that Harry had sent.

“I don’t think that things ever go just right for me.” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-28

“I always hit the wrong way of doing things & never, by any possibility stumble on the right way.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-28


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