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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

While Harry waited for word from Effie, he reread her letters and found much comfort in them. He felt that he had finally found the patience needed to overcome his bouts with the blues.

Effie’s first correspondence was a telegram to let Harry know that she was home. The later letter provided him details about the immediate aftermath of her cousin Minnie’s death, as well as biographical material on Minnie’s widower, Rem, and her sister, Maggie. She also told him what she thought was the best way to interact with those in grief.

“It seems as tho I could not endure another day without some word from you. “Osborn, Henry 1885-1-25a

“O Darling all this again showed me what love[,] trust[,] confidence dwell in your soul and this complete review has impressed this upon me more fully than it ever was before…. Osborn, Henry 1885-1-25b

“Arrived at home this morning utterly exhausted. “Osborn, Effie 1885-1-25a

“You did what helps me most.” Osborn, Effie 1885-1-25b


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