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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In one of her shortest letters ever, Effie continued to respond to Harry’s unhappiness and wrote of her own.

“You say you have sometimes wished you didn’t love me so much and wished you had no heart.  Well I can understand that for I’ve been just as desperate as that the last few days.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-12


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