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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Having received a letter and a postcard, Harry was cheerful again. While he still wrote about his inability to control his want for Effie, he also wrote about visits with Mrs. Smith, with whom he had boarded at Christmas, and Professor and Mrs. Troop, and an anecdote from his childhood when he and his cousin Abram Hedenberg Hays could have caught his house on fire.

“The romance of a shoe & how it brought two young people together for life.” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-4


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