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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

The short letter Effie wrote today was mailed before the one she started on March 31st. In it she told Harry about the misapprehension that had the household up early.

Harry’s first letter dealt with his reading of the letter from Cousin Gus and contained a warning to Effie about exposing herself to diphtheria at Rem’s house. In the second, he wrote more about her mother’s letter to him, touched on their previous “loves,” and confessed that he knew nothing about her father.

“We have had one tremendous “April fool” which got us all up in wild excitement about two o’clock this morning.” Osborn, Effie 1885-4-1

“You know that you are every thing to me and some times so often the thought comes that if things should suddenly take a bad turn I might never be able to get to my darling in time to see her.” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-1a

“You had to come from california to see me & love me & I had to be sent a quarter of the way back there before I could speak the significant word but that word came.” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-1b


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