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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry believed that his letter could do little to console Effie. He knew that she would do what she could to console Remsen Schenck, her cousin Minnie’s widower, but surely had no idea that it would involve traveling through the country with him and Minnie’s sister, Maggie. They were in Washington, D.C., when Effie wrote her letter, and were considering going to New Orleans and Chicago. The Professor C.J. Winchester Harry mentioned was a professor at Wesleyan College (Middletown, Connecticut) while he studied there.

“I tremble to think of what would be come of me under such an affliction as this.” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-18

“[You said one thing, that you would trust me to the end of the earth with any man.” Osborn, Effie 1885-1-18


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