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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie was feeling somewhat better but her letter shows that her concentration wasn’t at its best. Harry’s mother had been to visit and had treated Effie kindly.

Harry’s first letter shows that he still wasn’t quite reconciled to the way Effie perceived her obligations but he promised to be better. He asked her to perform some Christmas errands for him. In the second letter, he exclaimed over the weather, described local entertainments and talked about Christmas presents.

“But now you dreadful boy I find that you looked on the gloomy side worse than she did and her letter excited you unnecessarily.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-18

“Burn this last one! Well no __ I think not. It thrills me thro & thro to read it over_” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-18a

“Don’t you think you had better leave your heavy over coat home[?]  You won’t need it out there will you[?]” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-18b


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