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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In today’s letters, Harry and Effie both came to the conclusion that they made themselves more unhappy than they needed to be. However, even though Effie hadn’t received a response to her letter of self-sacrifice, they were also both happier when they wrote than they had been for awhile.

“There is only one thing tho’, I cannot stand, & that is these constant storms.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-14

“Give you up! My Effie! Give my Effie up! Better to give her up so that I can be an eminent man and learned in the lore of the Molluscan Gill? Oh no!” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-14a

“Science dont love me as Effie does.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-14b


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