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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Harry divulged his worry about Effie’s lack of opportunity for intellectual growth and he admitted that he thought keeping her mother ignorant of their plans was the best path.

Effie’s letter revealed it was too late to stick to that plan. She also let him know that his latest unhappy letter had caused her to delay writing this one.

“I may be wrong in this judgment but it seems true that you have made almost no mental growth this year.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-24

“You’ll find that you have misjudged and misunderstood me quite as often if not oftener than I have you, but we’ll let the thing rest now, & wait till we can talk it out.” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-24


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