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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry admitted today that he was a “weak sort of individual,” as he reviewed again how he had failed to control himself. At the end of the letter, he found time to write about some upcoming musical performances.

Meanwhile, in her first letter, Effie blamed herself for not being able to satisfy either Harry or her mother. In her second, she gave Harry some details about her mother’s situation and wrote of her delight with his sister Mag.

“…I growl & howl & murmur over every little thing that goes wrong.” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-9

“I have locked myself in the bathroom and have only been interrupted five times, and now my time is up.” Osborn, Effie 1885-4-9a

“I dont believe there ever was quite such a case as ours.” Osborn, Effie 1885-4-9b


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