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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

For a rare moment, Harry and Effie’s letters were both on the same topic: the plan for her to go to live at Rem’s in order to get things in order. Harry, of course, was adamantly against it and had even sent a telegram (missing from the collection) to ask Effie to delay her decision until she received today’s letter. Effie was torn between her perceived duties.

“You are kept from me so that at times I feel that the word engaged is a mockery by a hundred unhappy fates.” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-18

“Oh Harry I do hope your letter will show me some way out of it so that I can be easy about it.” Osborn, Effie 1885-4-18


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