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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie did not write the kind of “Sunday letter” that Harry longed for. Instead, it was just a note to accompany the sponges and neckties that he had requested.

Harry’s letter started as a love letter but veered to heating his room, Lillie Buttz’s expectations and getting comfort from God. The quote about hair is actually a paraphrase from Stephen Foster’s song “Old Uncle Ned” and the later lyrics are from the hymn “My Faith Looks up to Thee.”

“This is a business letter.” Osborn, Effie 1885-2-12

“O Darling how did you bewitch me so[?]” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-12


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