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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry wrote on his train ride to Chicago and the evening he arrived. He stayed with a friend named Hitchcock, with whom he went to a magic lantern show.

Effie wrote of her love and praised Harry for his money management. News about the financial crisis arrived too late to provide details but it sounded hopeful.

Both of them misspelled names related to the operas Harry might see in Chicago. Harry meant “Masaniello” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaniello and Effie meant Marie Hänfstangl http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Hanfst%C3%A4ngl.

“It is now almost six months & I have not let up nor had any change and I feel now as I get away that I really need the change.” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-26

“Harry you know that nothing but death can ever separate us, and there is no reason for you to dread that, for I am well now, and not in any danger of dying just yet, so dont you worry about my being snatched from you, for you haven’t any reason to think that.” Osborn, Effie 1885-2-26


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