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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie’s letter today was the longest that she had written to Harry, so far. However, far from the words of love (gush) that he requested in the letter that he wrote on the 24th, it was full of scathing criticism of his sister Sue. Harry also responded to Effie’s earlier self-denigration.

“I never dreamed of all the complications of the case, that Belle cared for you and that Sue had wanted you to marry Belle in spite of the difference in your ages.” Osborn, Effie 1884-11-24

“I don’t mind a short letter[,] eight pages if you couldn’t write any more[,] if that contained some message of love….” Osborn, Henry 1884-11-24a

“I think that you may think me a goose but I can’t help it if you do.” Osborn, Henry 1884-11-24b


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