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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Communicating by correspondence sometimes led to misunderstandings. Effie came to believe that these trials gave them “stronger proof of how necessary we are to each other.” In today’s letter, she returned to the subject of engagement rings, revealed which of Harry’s sisters was her favorite, and talked about seeing the Milan Opera Company’s production of Ernani. The Mapleson she mentions is Henry Mapleson, an English opera impresario http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Henry_Mapleson.

“We cant do what others do and why not begin to be sensible in this matter.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-29


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