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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie’s main topics today were her visit with Harry’s family (who considered them both “goners”) and the collapse of her Cousin Gus’ business.

Harry wrote of his reaction to “Tannhäuser” and tried to explain again his feelings about money.

“It is considered perfectly fair to secure your house and a certain am’t to your wife in case of an emergency, but he gave up the things that he wasn’t required to, and I believe there are not a great many men who would feel it their duty to do this.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-1

“Darling if there is any thing that redeems man from barbarism[,] from pure savagism & raises him to a higher more civilized place[,] it is the pure love of woman.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-1


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