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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry worried that Effie was upset with him, perhaps because she finally claimed a share of the suffering. Before receiving the letter that concerned him, he wrote about social engagements and the success of one of the new ties she had made for him.

Effie was feeling under the weather and her rest at home had been disturbed by the arrival of Mr. Zerfass, who had come unexpectedly to take her room. She assured Harry that he would not have to sleep in the bathroom when he stayed at her mother’s during the summer.

“Darling it would be useless to compare our mutual suffering this winter to find out how much each had suffered & who had had the hardest time.” Osborn, Henry 1885-4-24

“It will take me a day or two to believe it is true, so you can get in all you want to say first, and I’ll let you alone, but when I begin I’ll never know when or where to stop so make the most of my quiet state.” Osborn, Effie 1885-4-24


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