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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Again, Harry’s letters covered a number of subjects, including efficacy of Effie’s recent letters, the pens she used, and the “Up on the Hill” matter. He promised to write on some of his “doings” soon.

After talking to a post office employee, Effie discovered that Harry might have received the delayed letter on time, after all. She let him know that she wasn’t going to be able to go visit his family during the holidays and told him of seeing “Prince Methusalem,” an operetta by Johann Strauss II, at the Casino Theatre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Theatre_%28New_York_City%29.

“You are going to be my companion, my mate, my work mate, & my play mate & we will turn it about & I am to be the same to you.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-30a

“I send the letters back at once for I know that you set great store by old letters.” Osborn, Henry 1884-12-30b

“It is hard for me to say so much in ten words, for I am generally extravagant in my use of words, throw them around loose, so to speak.” Osborn, Effie 1884-12-30


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