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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

In Harry’s first letter, he compared himself to a shipwrecked sailor without food. In the second, he worried about Effie’s nervous system and told her about Miss Elder’s company.

Effie had caught Harry’s blues and despaired of his ever understanding her situation.

“I dont complain exactly for I can’t have the selfishness to do it but somehow everything seems to fall to you to do and you are in some thing all the time.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-12a

“And to have him so utterly disregard my feeling & try in every way to force you to act directly against my feeling in the matter made me beside myself.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-12b

“A man never realizes any thing about a woman’s work.” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-12


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