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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Once Harry knew where Effie was, he poured out his feelings in the two letters he wrote today. He reminded her that the midway point of their separation had passed, assured her that their confidence in each other was not misplaced, and told her that writing letters to her was the best recreation that he could have.

“O my Darling what a relief.” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-26a

“O Effie I don’t deserve confidence but I do long for it. ” Osborn, Henry 1885-1-26b


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