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"I am enjoying a fatal attack of heart disease. - Harry Osborn

“I am enjoying a fatal attack of heart disease. – Harry Osborn

Effie wrote again on how difficult it was for her to write the kind of letters that Harry wanted and chided him for dwelling on “ifs.”

Harry complained in his first letter about Effie not reserving Sundays to write to him but, in the second letter, he was all sunshine; one of her letters had arrived in the meantime.

“I cant do the subject justice now, but I’ll punish you severely next summer for having such wicked mean tho’ts about me.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-6

“O Darling do be very careful and let me have you on Sundays.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-6a

“How quickly all the clouds flee away when the letter comes.” Osborn, Henry 1885-3-6b


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