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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie had received gratifying letters from each of Harry’s sisters but her sister Jule and Harry’s youngest sister, Carrie, were at odds over their own correspondence. Effie chastised Harry for opening his gift early and refused to believe that it was “pretty.”

Harry’s letter was a response to the telegram that Effie had sent the day before. His worry was not totally allayed.

“…Harry, I’m afraid your taste isn’t as good as it used to be, and that love has made you color blind.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-27

“What can be the accident?” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-27


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