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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Today Effie’s letter was all about the aftermath of Langdon Schenck’s death, though she left details for when she and Harry were together. Harry wrote about how Langdon’s father had caused him to suffer, the likelihood of marrying at Christmas, woman’s sphere, and the latest “scandal” about him and Miss Weed.

“…I begin to be thankful that she was taken away, out of such a selfish heartless family, and Maggie feels the same.” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-10

“I feel that it is wrong for the girls to remain at home and narrow down & wither up as they will do & are doing now.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-10


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