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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry’s first letter was another of his blue ones. The second responded to Effie’s idea about heaven.

“I am trying hard to keep straight all the time now but now & then I get a view of the dark side of the cloud & it makes me so blue.” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-25a

“I want to write about our friends in heaven knowing about us.” Osborn, Henry 1885-2-25b


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