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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry found time to write two letters today. In the first, he concentrated on his delight in Effie’s plan to write every other day. That evening, he wrote how he understood the her mother’s feelings and spent just as much time telling Effie about reading Homo Sum by Georg Ebers.

Effie’s letter brings up a number of characters that we will often meet in her letters. Her adopted sister/first cousin Lottie is mentioned for just the second time; you may recall that Charlotte Amelia “Lottie” Snyder Loag was the orphaned daughter of one of Effie’s mother’s brothers. “Dele” and “Mame” were Delia Margaret and Mary Caroline Hiller, cousins on Harry and Effie’s shared Snyder line. “Uncle Richard” was Annie Wisner’s father. His relationship to the Loags hasn’t been determined. The Ellises were returning tenants. During the winter, when the boarding house was full, Effie, along with her mother and sister Jule, had to move from upstairs bedrooms to rooms in the basement.//

“Effie I can’t blame your mother for her feeling.” Osborn, Henry 1884-10-30b

“I hate to trust a man to mail a letter.” Osborn, Effie 1884-10-30


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