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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry wrote today in his first letter about the need for their engagement and why he would feel compelled to stop in Baltimore on his way to New York. In his second, he conceded that a few of their friends might have detected his love for Effie before he did.

“Just as soon as I feel that my duty is done I am out of this. ” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-17a

“O I was an idiot & I hate my self for such selfishness & the less said about it now the better.” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-17b


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