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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In both of his letters, Harry commiserated with Effie over the financial calamity and assured her that her mother would always have a place with them. He also wrote of his planned trip to Chicago and his family’s excitement over the piano purchase.

Meanwhile, Effie’s more immediate concern was Minnie’s children, who were missing their mother. Her idea of heaven was also a major topic.

“How my heart bleeds for you.” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-22a

“O Dearest do you think I could feel ever that she was dependent if she would consent to live with us?” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-22b

“If he only knew what a relief it is to me to be left alone, he’d think he was the unselfish one, to leave home, and go off, and give me a chance to rest.” Osborn, Effie 1885-2-22


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