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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie, having finished the tobacco bag Harry had requested, warned him that, though smoking in moderation was fine, he must never chew tobacco, which she considered to be almost as bad as drinking alcohol. And, she finally revealed her birth date (10 March 1860).

Harry celebrated the six anniversary of their engagement. Other concerns were Effie’s mother, the possibility of a summertime outbreak of cholera in New York, and the selfishness of men.

“When you receive this letter I will be an old maid.” Osborn, Effie 1885-3-8

“How can you endure the tho’t of marrying a Jerseyman or do you think that my motley life in the various states has so far cosmopolitanized me that I will now pass[?] Osborn, Henry 1885-3-8


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