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Henry and Effie Osborn at home

Henry and Effie Osborn

Effie was feeling happy looking forward to their reunion and devoted much of her letter to the details of the meeting in Albany.

Harry’s first letter focused on the meeting but the second would have brought Effie’s mood down since he didn’t drop the problem as promised in the letter’s first sentence, quoted below. However, it appears from what he wrote the next day that he never mailed the letter.

“How can I get blue now?” Osborn, Effie 1885-5-31

“You are the only sight I want now & I can hardly stand the wait.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-31a

“You are an inscrutable mystery & I give up trying to understand you for there isn’t the slightest use in it & the sooner I drop the problem the better.” Osborn, Henry 1885-5-31b


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