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Harry's drawing of the new arrangement of his room

Harry’s drawing of the new arrangement of his room

Effie wrote of her conversation with Harry’s sister Carrie and her feelings for all of his family.

In both of today’s letters, Harry vowed to not send Effie any more unhappy ones, though he seems to blame her for his blues. In the first, he assured her that their being engaged was better than any of the alternatives. The second covered his family’s support (or lack thereof) for him, as well as the new way he had arranged the furniture in his room.

“It isn’t that I dislike the idea of sharing your debts at all that makes me go slow, but you know that it would be pretty hard on you to have two such dreadful things to get along with, a debt and a wife. Goodness! Dont it scare you?” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-17

“Your letters this week have been terrible.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-17a

“I do not see why you can’t write letters that express your feeling Darling but you can’t & it is that that causes us so much trouble.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-17b


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